Adobe Makes Flash Software Free to Developers

By May 14, 2008

Adobe Systems, Inc. unveiled a project that will enable mobile device developers to use the company’s Flash software for free in order to improve the mobile Internet experience.   Adobe’s Open Screen Project is aimed at making the

online mobile experience resemble more closely that of using a computer. The project will focus on the Internet experience across all electronics, including TVs, computers and video cameras, but the project’s focus will primarily be on mobile devices.   The Open Screen Project is supported by many of the mobile industry’s top companies, including Motorola, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba.   Mobile Flash applications will get content from NBC Universal, the British Broadcasting Network, and MTV, among other companies.   The project aims to improve the problems web applications face across the mobile platform. Different device configurations call for different application development and implementation, and with the Open Screen Project Adobe aims to improve application function during development as well as during use.   Mobile video and game developers have had to rework applications numerous times because of these complications, a time-consuming and expensive process.   "You have to make over 100 different versions of that game in order to actually make it work across all these different phones," said Kevin Lynch, Adobe’s chief technology officer, in an interview with the Associated Press.   Although the project is coordinated with the mobile industry’s top companies, Apple, Inc. is not among them.   Apple has publicly criticized Adobe’s Flash software as being too slow and a technological burden in the realm of its iPhone. Consequently, the company does not support Flash applications on its phones.   Because Apple opened up the iPhone to third-party application developers earlier this year, Adobe says it is making a custom-fit version of Flash specifically for the iPhone.   In the near future, we may experience mobile Internet much like we experience that on a computer, regardless of your mobile carrier.   By Danny Scuderi   FEEDBACK For comments on this article, email us at

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