One of the biggest catfights in recent computing history could be resolved with a little help from open source.
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 HTML5 so the lucrative Apple market can see their graphics and, particularly, their advertising.
The source code hasn't been released, but Smokescreen's developers promise that will happen within a couple of weeks.
I tried some of their demos on my iPhone and they run very slowly, as noted on each appropriate demo.
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 "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?
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 Diaspora, which also has come under some criticism).
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.
After nearly 20 years as a professional journalist for large and small daily newspapers in Florida, Arizona and New York, Amy was part of the Great Newspaper Culling of 2008. That was a good thing. Now, Amy writes for a variety of websites, including NetworkWorld, Discovery's Parentables and Soshable and consults with a variety of sites on their social media strategy.
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