It’s one thing to drop stinky bait into the water, it’s quite another to dynamite the pond, which is what the screed from Adobe “Platform Evangelist” Lee Brimelow does, even with a sentence redacted at Adobe’s own request…
“This has nothing to do whatsoever with bringing the Flash player to Apple’s devices.”
No, it has to do with bringing Flash code to Apple’s devices (albeit re-compiled); Adobe’s end game is served either way.
“Adobe and Apple has had a long relationship and each has helped the other get where they are today.”
And yet Adobe ignored Apple in the late 90s and most of this decade.
“All we want is to provide creative professionals an avenue to deploy their work to as many devices as possible.”
Read: All we want is for lowest common denominator Flash apps to be everywhere, it’s just a coincidence that Flash is our product.
“Many of Adobe’s supporters have mentioned that we should discontinue the Creative Suite products on OS X as a form of retaliation. Again, this is something that Adobe would never consider in a million years.”
Right, because even with Adobe’s foot-dragging to upgrade to Universal apps, Mac users are used to the abuse and still pay for the software. Even Adobe isn’t stupid enough to cut their nose off to spite their face.
“We are not looking to abuse our loyal users and make them pawns for the sake of trying to hurt another company.”
- Where was Adobe’s alleged love of “loyal users” when they killed Premiere for the Mac?
- Where was their sense of loyalty when they skipped an entire release of Photoshop Elements for the Mac?
- What about the loyal users of Flash on the Mac that have always suffered with crappy performance?
(That last point turned lots of Mac Flash users into loyal ClickToFlash users.)
“Now let me put aside my role as an official representative of Adobe for a moment…”
You’re an “official representative”? Wow.
“to make it clear what is going through my mind at the moment.”
“Go screw yourself Apple.”
“Comments disabled as I’m not interested in hearing from the Cupertino Comment SPAM bots.”
To sum up his post: When Adobe makes decisions that don’t include Apple, it’s business. When Apple makes decisions that don’t include Adobe, it’s a face slap.
It’s not Apple’s fault Adobe can’t get Flash to run worth a damn on mobile devices. Nor is it Apple’s fault Adobe’s poor decisions regarding the viability of the Mac platform are coming back to haunt them.
Adobe acted in their own self-interest, probably thinking (as many did) that Apple would go under. There’s nothing wrong with that; it’s what businesses should do. But guess what? Apple didn’t go under, and they get to make business decisions, too. It just so happens they don’t feel the need for the Flash platform any more than Adobe felt the need for the Mac a decade ago.
It’s tough all over, Adobe, but geez, suck it up, will ya? Act like the mature company you’re supposed to be and recognize that karma’s a bitch. Whining about it won’t do any good. Neither will BS-laced “holier than thou” posts. Bitterness is never pretty.