Adobe TV Web Site Adds iPad Support

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Adobe has expanded its Adobe TV video tutorial Web site to include support for iPad users. Previously, the videos were viewable only on computers with the company’s Flash Player installed.

Videos at the site served to iPad users are encoded in a compatible format so they don’t see the familiar dialog asking them to install the latest version of the Flash Player — something that isn’t possible on iOS devices.

Visiting Adobe TV on an iPhone, however, still shows the missing Flash plug-in dialog, and computer users are served up only Flash versions of the videos.

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Adobe’s collection of tutorial videos is a great resource for Creative Suite users looking for some quick tips on using the company’s products, but by limiting the service to devices with Flash installed the company blocked Apple’s growing base of iPad users from checking out the content when they’re away from their computers. By adding iPad support, Adobe is embracing a growing platform, but at the risk of appearing as if it is backing down on its hope of including Flash on all mobile devices.

Apple and Adobe have publicly locked horns in the past over Flash support on the iPhone, and by extension the iPod touch and iPad. Apple’s stance has been that Flash comes with stability, performance and security issues. Adobe, however, claims the accusations aren’t valid and that Apple is trying to lock other companies out of its iOS ecosystem.

Apple stopped including Flash as part of the default Mac OS X installer for the MacBook Air when new models were introduced last year, and has been following suit with the rest of its computer lineup hardware updates roll out.

Adobe’s Flash to iOS cross-compiler was temporarily banned by Apple, too, but the company eventually relented and allowed the tools to be used along with third-party compilers from other companies as well.

No matter what Adobe’s reasoning behind adding iPad support to its Adobe TV Web site, the end result is good news for its product users since they can watch the tutorial videos on yet another device now.

Comments

Lee Dronick

Hmmmm

Mike R

Hmmmm indeed…..

One supposes that Adobe finally had to see the writing on the wall. Consider that from release date until today, there has not once been any difficulty to procure a Galaxy Tab or a Xoom (ostensibly the two current contenders that will “give the iPad a run for its money”) while the iPad2 is now out to 5 weeks delay due to the volume of the orders.

Given that I suspect they realized that a large market of potential users/buyers of their products would merely go elsewhere. Perhaps the hundreds of Galaxy Tab or Xoom owners could sustain, however

Bob Donlon

The reason we added iPad support is because many of our viewers asked for it.

It’s actually the same mp4 video format that we deliver into the Flash Player on our website when you visit from a non-iOS device.  In the case of the iPad it plays on the native QuickTime player included with iOs.

By the end of March, you’ll see the site optimized for touchscreens, for Google TV, and a Mobile version of the site which is optimized for both Android phones as well as the iPhone.

Bob Donlon
General Manager, Adobe TV

CJ

Abobe, thank you for listening to your viewers and for focusing on the customer in this case.

TV

You can just use the likes of Mercury browser on the iPhone and set the user agent to iPad, makes you wonder why Adobe didn’t just make the site available in mp4 to both the iPhone and iPad, silly? no, just Adobe!

Lee Dronick

why Adobe didn?t just make the site available in mp4 to both the iPhone and iPad,

I just visited the site on my iPad and on my iPhone. Except for the video the sites look the same. Anyway as Mr Donlon said that by the end of this month the site will be optimized for mobile devices including the iPhone.

As a Creative Suite owner and user I was not aware of tv.adobe. Either that or I just didn’t follow up on link in one of the Adobe email newsletter to which I subscribe. Whatever, I will now be a regular visiter there, they have some nice stuff. Last but not least, it is a good looking site; I hate those “design” and art sites that are white text on black.

walterdog

I am glad Adobe is the grown-up but video is just a part of what Flash does. The capability to create sophisticated interactive applications is Flash real strength. I think it is the iPad users that should be demanding that Apple make its devices Flash capable. Flash applications are ubiquitous there is no getting around it. As a mac user it is important that our machines not be handicapped and see only part of the web. What if Jobs decides he doesn’t like some other popular software because it conflicts with his bottom line? We will continue to play sheep?

Lee Dronick

I am glad Adobe is the grown-up but video is just a part of what Flash does. The capability to create sophisticated interactive applications is Flash real strength. I think it is the iPad users that should be demanding that Apple make its devices Flash capable. Flash applications are ubiquitous there is no getting around it. As a mac user it is important that our machines not be handicapped and see only part of the web. What if Jobs decides he doesn?t like some other popular software because it conflicts with his bottom line? We will continue to play sheep?

The iPad is the most popular tablet out there and it does not run Flash. However, there is getting around that and a developer who wants to sell us sophisticated interactive applications can write an app for that.

Our iPads and iPhones are not handicapped and as anyone with Click-to-Flash on a Mac installed will tell you there are very few places we can not visit. Simply put Flash is not as popular as it once was and becoming less so every day.

Steve Jobs is not a king, he doesn’t dictate policy, he has to answer to the Board and the stockholders. To be sure he is certainly influential, but there is damn good reason for that.

walterdog

Flash is not popular? You’re kidding right?

No doubt Jobs is influential but Windows (PC) and Android (mobile) still out sells the apple products. Let’s face it—the vast majority of Apple users belong to the “cult of Jobs.”  They cannot distinguish a machine/tool from a membership in some exclusive club. Even though I use Macs I refuse to drink the Kool-Aid.

Answer a question for me:
What do you guys have against Flash? And no party line stuff.

iFan

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