One of the biggest catfights in recent computing history could be resolved with a little help from open source.HTML5 so the lucrative Apple market can see their graphics and, particularly, their advertising.
Apple, you see, now hates Adobe. You're not gonna see anything rendered in Flash on your iPhone or iPad - ever, most likely. Many developers are scrambling to redo sites using
The source code hasn't been released, but Smokescreen's developers promise that will happen within a couple of weeks.still question whether it'll be able to do the job for anything but the simplest Flash, and think HTML5 will become the new standard.)noted on each appropriate demo.About" page — and it's smart. The company obviously wants to position itself to be a player in mobile advertising; what better way than to solve one of the biggest mobile advertising issues at the moment?Diaspora, which also has come under some criticism).
I tried some of their demos on my iPhone and they run very slowly, as
It's not as if the Smokescreen developers are utterly altruistic in their motives. They're RevShock, a mobile ad network. But that's fine. They say so right on their "
A couple of commenters on their blog criticized them for not putting the code on GitHub yet, but they wouldn't be the first to want to finish the lion's share of the project before releasing the source code (see
Could this break the impasse between Adobe and Apple? If it becomes easy (and free) to convert from Flash to something iPhone/iPad-compatible, then the threat that people might abandon Flash is lifted.