If there is one thing missing from the iPhone, it’s the ability to play Flash files that irks a lot of users, now Adobe is making it easier for iPhone application developers to translate video code to Flash the move comes without the blessing of Apple.
If there is one thing missing from the iPhone, it’s the ability to play Flash files that irks a lot of users, now Adobe is making it easier for iPhone application developers to translate video code to Flash.
The move could dramatically boost the variety of applications for the iPhone as many developers are using Flash for YouTube and marketing video’s and presentations.
Programs written with Adobe Flash won’t currently run on the iPhone despite attempts by Adobe to win Apple over to their technology.
Now Adobe has decided to tackle the issue another way with the introduction of a a tool that lets computer programmers easily convert software applications that they write in the Flash programing language to code that will work on the iPhone.
Flash is designed so that programmers can write one set of code that run on multiple types of computers and mobile devices, including ones using software from Google, Microsoft, Nokia and Palm according to Reuters.
The iPhone has been the only major handset provider that has declined to collaborate with Adobe.
The new option that Adobe announced on Monday will allow developers to create a second piece of software that they can distribute through Apple’s App store.
“It’s basically an export capability,” said Adrian Ludwig, a manager with Adobe’s Flash group.
“The ball is in their court at this point. We’ve been very blunt about what we need and what we are requesting,” Ludwig said in an interview.