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I Call “B.S.” re. Safari on iPhone!

February 19, 2009

Paraphrasing here… but when Steve Jobs claims Safari on iPhone is a full featured web browser and the best mobile browser there is… I just can’t resist calling Bull Shit! (emphasis very definitely¬† mine)

I simply point to the continuing saga that is Flash (lite or otherwise) for iPhone.There are two possibilities here. It’s way down in the skunkworks and is getting some serious polish applied to it and we’ll see it when we see it. Which is classic Apple. OR (and this is more likely) there is something getting in the way – politics, technology, something and we’ll never know about it fully. Keep in mind Apple and Adobe have a love/hate relationship. For those of you not in the know just look at the business that is Adobe and you’ll see where their bread is buttered (hint: it ain’t the Mac platform and they tend to launch products on the Windows platform first). The love between these two companies is shallow and doesn’t run much deeper than the the thickness of the income statement.

Look. I own an iPhone. I was one of the masses on Day One. Still have that phone. Use it on a daily basis. It’s shortcomings are piling up though in light of the onslaught of feature rich alternates (Google Gears, non-Quicktime video, higher quality photo optics/zooming, copy/paste, not to mention bluetooth stereo, etc… the list is LONG). It’s an OK phone and a slick interface. But the arms race has heated up and it’s incumbent upon Apple (as the instigator) to maintain the high ground. I don’t think they have the balls to do what it takes to mature the platform fast enough to stay competitive in the long run. Even though they dropped “Computer” from their name… that’s what they remain. An OS and application company.

Folks, the reality distortion field has weakened greatly of late and Apple has a choice to make. Open up a bit or don’t. Tim Cook’s job is maybe a little easier should Jobs not come back. But, until that shadow is dealt with… I’m betting Apple doesn’t open the iPhone’s web browser fully and my declaration of BS stands for a while longer.

GoLive Bites The Dust

April 29, 2008

FYI. Adobe has officially “end-of-lifed” GoLive. Makes sense.

Quark’s Free Book (on Adobe CS3?)

December 17, 2007

Odd isn’t it that Quark is basically saying… “OK, we KNOW you use CS3. Now, here’s how we can still be relevant and fit into your program.”

So, if you’re one of the seven “2 million” people in the world (which language distro are we talking?) still using Quark XPress… This free PDF might have some useful information on how to get XPress and CS3 to play together a little better. (“might” being the operative word)

Adobe and Zoomify

February 14, 2007

John Nack’s posted a neat panoramic of Paris France up on Zoomify. VERY nice especially when you zoom right in nice and tight.

Adobe, P2P, Torrent, Verisign, Kontiki

January 24, 2007

That kinda sounds like some coded message over Radio Free America. But it’s not.

Mr. Om Malik is pulling together some mighty fine conjecture on what Adobe’s ambitions are with respect to P2P distribution of Flash content as well as their VoIP ambitions. I’ve been using their Breeze product (now called Connect) and it’s really mighty nice. A VoIP component to it would round it out very well.

ARD & Acrobat 8

September 18, 2006

What with the new Leopard coming out this spring ’07 the timing of the Acrobat 8 announcement leaves a bit to the imagination. See, at the heart of OS X is the PDF rendering engine. It’s really integral to the underpinnings of (more…)

Adobe, Quark & Universal Binaries

April 3, 2006

You know… Quark may just be able to pull their bacon out of the fire yet.

An Adobe engineer took time to talk wiht AppleInsider about the difficulties of reving for the Intel Macs. Rightfully so. It’s a hard frickin thing to do for a large app suite like that and I’m sure Adobe only had a minor jump on the rest of us developers. Certainly not more than months.

So, When Quark took a couple of years to get an OSX ready version of their app… Adobe had a beautiful opportunity to come out with their “Quark killer”: Adobe InDesign.

I personally know 14 designers who have switched to InDesign (top of mind, probably more if I asked all the folks I know). And, it’s because Quark is as slow as molasses in January.

So, here we are again on a level playing field. What will Quark do? Make hay? Or be made a fool again? (I’m betting they get trampled personally. Adobe’s got to be smelling blood in the water and will circle for the kill.)


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