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Adobe promises Flash development of non-Flash iPhone apps

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Mon October 5, 2009

May simplify cross-platform development

Adobe is well into the production of updated Flash Authoring software, allowing the creation of iPhone apps, says an Adobe product manager. Mike Chambers notes that a private beta of the new software is already in effect, and some titles built with Flash have already reached the App Store, such as Fickleblox and Trading Stuff. A public beta of the tool will be released by the end of the year, alongside Flash CS5.

The company is careful to note that Flash Authoring does not produce apps with embedded Flash, which Apple has forbidden on the iPhone and iPod touch mainly as a result of battery concerns. Apps are instead compiled into a standard iPhone format. The software should nevertheless be useful to web and mobile developers, who may be able to more rapidly produce material for both phones and computers.

Chambers warns that because Apple handhelds have weaker memory and processing hardware than desktops and notebooks, developers may have to optimize and/or scale down their projects. iPhone apps also tend to use different interface conventions. To help with performance, the Flash Authoring compiler enables elements such as graphics acceleration.

by MacNN Staff



  1. zimbardo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Adobe politics as usual

    Everything Adobe creates for Apple is late and overpriced, and pointless. Where's 64-bit Photoshop? On Windows. Where's Flash? On everyone else's phone. As an Apple user, I hear Adobe's strategy loud an clear.

    So why is everyone excited about Flash? Adobe is just going to use it to pull the rug from under us all over again. It's just another program they won't support.

  1. DanielSw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Talk about seeing the glass is half-empty!

    Adobe politics!? Amazing. . .

    Anyway, this is great news for Flash developers who can now use their Actionscript programming skills and Adobe creative tools skills to develop iPhone/iPod Touch apps!

    This is a huge open door opportunity.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Adobe politics

    Where's 64-bit Photoshop? Um, sitting on the developer's cutting room floor, where it fell when Apple nixed 64-bit Carbon, forcing them to completely re-write the software.

    And where's flash? Waiting for Apple to approve it.

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