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Adobe Flash Reaches End of Life ➝

Steve Jobs, in April 2010:

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Adobe, in present day:

Since Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020 and Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021, Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.

Even back in 2010, many of us knew this day would come eventually. I’m actually a little surprised that it took this long.

➝ Source: web.archive.org

Adobe to Launch Photoshop for iPad ➝

Mark Gurman and Nico Grant, reporting for Bloomberg:

Adobe Systems Inc., the maker of popular digital design programs for creatives, is planning to launch the full version of its Photoshop app for Apple Inc.’s iPad as part of a new strategy to make its products compatible across multiple devices and boost subscription sales.

The software developer is planning to unveil the new app at its annual MAX creative conference in October, according to people with knowledge of the plan. The app is slated to hit the market in 2019, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private product plans. Engineering delays could still alter that timeline.

It’s increasingly clear that iOS is poised to become a serious competitor to traditional operating systems. There are geeks like myself that have used it as our primary platform for a few years already, but it will soon be common amongst average users as more professional applications like Photoshop become available.

The End of Flash ➝


Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

I haven’t had the Flash plug-in installed in my primary browser since 2010. And, with my transition to iOS over the past few years, I haven’t missed it one bit. I’m glad they’re finally pulling the plug on it. Although, I think they should have done it sooner.

Firefox to Start Blocking Flash Content in August ➝

Sebastian Anthony, reporting for ArsTechnica:

Firefox will begin retiring Adobe Flash on August 2 with the release of Firefox 48. In 2017, probably with Firefox 53, Flash plug-ins will require the user to actively click-to-play.

First we learned that Google Chrome was going to begin phasing out Flash later this year and now Firefox is following in their footsteps. This is a trend I can get behind.

Google Chrome to Phase Out Adobe Flash Later This Year ➝

Interestingly, I started using Google Chrome as a way to phase out Flash in 2010, upon the recommendation of John Gruber.

Alex Gollner Interviews Randy Ubillos ➝

Great interview with Randy Ubillos in which they cover his time working on Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and iMovie.

I especially liked this bit when Ubillos was asked about the move to Final Cut Pro X:

One of the things I like about working at Apple was that Apple didn’t have a problem with starting over again – if that was the right thing to do. You don’t want to talk about ‘sunk cost.’ The effort you’ve put in in the past has gone. From now on, what is the best way to go forward? […] If you don’t do that with a product and somebody else who doesn’t have the history, the legacy you’re trying to hold on to will jump in and take things out from under you.

Adobe Needs to Kill Flash ➝

Graham Cluley:

It’s perhaps not surprising that some think it’s time for Adobe Flash to call it a day, pack its bags, and leave town for good.

Amongst those who would be happy to see the back of Adobe Flash is Alex Stamos, Facebook’s newly-appointed security chief.

In a tweet this weekend, Stamos – who is a respected member of the security community who is credited for improving the security stance of Yahoo at his previous job – said that it was time for Adobe to announce when Flash would be killed off, and for browsers to assist by dropping support at the same time.

I uninstalled Flash from my Mac right around the time John Gruber wrote about using Google Chrome as a sort-of Flash player for websites that practically require it. Since then I’ve needed Chrome less and less often, experienced improved battery life, and had a cooler running MacBook to boot.

At some point Flash will be no more. I just hope it goes quietly — without users or browser makers having to drag it away, kicking and screaming while Adobe loudly protests during the process.

(Via Nick Heer.)

Sneak Peek of an Early Prototype of Adobe’s Mobile Retouching ➝

Adobe plans to discontinue Photoshop Touch on May 28, but will be debuting one or more applications that will replace the soon-to-be axed photo editing software. This video depicts their prototype retouching app effortlessly applying edits to high resolution images. It’s an impressive demo, I just hope that its running on real hardware and not iOS Simulator.