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April 12, 2010

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Interesting, although I might have phrased it as cross-platform application development (like Qt / AIR) being squeezed out by web apps.

There isn't enough room in the middle anymore, web apps have the cross-platform advantage, and native apps have the quality advantage. Qt/AIR are lacking either.

Nice

I beg to differ.

I think the biggest mistake Adobe made in the last 4 years is still concentrating on Air AND Flash, both technologies that create a lock-in.

Adobes biggest money maker still is Photoshop, a piece of software that cerates no lock-in. So Adobes shows that they CAN compete. Adobe has ECMAscript knowledge, Adobe has HTML knowledge, Adobe has video-knowledge, ... Adobe could build the best development IDE for HTML on earth. That produce web apps that can be delivered to your web browser. On your desktop, on the iPhone, on Android, on Palms Web OS (which btw I'd if I were Adobe) or the coming Chrome OS tablets.

To make it clear: Adobe doesn't need to kill Air or Flash. But Adobe needs to *fully* embrace HTML5.

Well interestingly enough Adobe today just announced a "Export to canvas"-feature.

http://www.9to5mac.com/Flash-html5-canvas-35409730

It's rather rudimentry, but definitly a step in the right direction.

Call me a visionary ;-)

Need the winning numbers from the lottery next saturday ;-)

I think Adobe saw the writing on the wall that Flash was a shrinking technology on the web and that the desktop was the only, if not the most logical, direction to take the Flash platform. Flash was destined to take a back seat to native-browser technologies on the web - regardless of what Adobe did.

Frankly, Adobe was in a very tough position regarding Flash. Now they're in an even tougher position.

J7EjpA Good point. I hadn't thought about it quite that way. :)

LsI8KT It's spooky how clever some ppl are. Thanks!

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