iPad / Flash troubles

This morning I stumbled on this article from NPR. The title, “What’s Behind Apple’s Clash With Flash?” drew me in. Adobe flash is a standard part of many graphic design coursework in art education, both in high schools and in higher education. This apparent conflict between apple products and flash may be something we want to track as we continue to explore the iPad for arts education purposes.

On a side note, I was also interested to read that many major websites are now stripping their sites of flash-related content. This move to accommodate Apple (and the public’s increased use of mobile technology in general) demonstrates the power that large companies have on what we see and how we see it.

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3 Responses to iPad / Flash troubles

  1. Mary Elizabeth Meier says:

    I found this open letter from Steve Jobs to be interesting. In the first part he comments about Apple and Adobe long standing relationship. Computer users in the creative arts typically use both Apple and Adobe products. He then goes on to explain why Apple has disassociated with the Adobe's proprietary flash media. The iPad is raising awareness about the standards compliance and accessibility in Web design. More on this in a future post.

  2.  From Reuters News

    Microsoft echoes Apple view on Adobe’s Flash
    Fri, Apr 30 15:55 PM EDT

    A Microsoft executive pitched in later that day, saying while the ubiquity of Flash makes it easy for consumers to access video on the web, the standard has flaws.

    “Flash does have some issues, particularly around reliability, security and performance,” said Dean Hachamovitch, general manager for the Internet Explorer browser.

    He said that Microsoft is backing the same protocols for delivering multimedia content over the Web that Apple is promoting, a group of standards known as HTML5.

  3. Christopher Galik says:

    And Mozilla’s Firefox already has an HTML5 parser built-in, it’s just disabled by default. I imagine it will be enabled once HTML5 makes it out of its current draft state and gets ratified by the W3C. I personally can’t wait for HTML5 to become the de-facto standard, as it eliminates the need for many plugins. Not just Flash, but Microsoft’s Silverlight and Sun’s JavaFX as well. Just think how much smoother things will run when you can just go to a website and have it display the same on every machine, regardless of what OS it is running, regardless of what browser is being used, regardless of whether or not certain plugins are installed….

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