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Adobe Calls Out Apple with Ads in NY Times, WSJ

pickens (49171) writes | more than 4 years ago

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Hugh Pickens writes "Businessweek reports that Adobe has taken out newspaper advertisements in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times today and posted an open letter to call out the tablet-computer maker for stifling competition. "We believe that consumers should be able to freely access their favorite content and applications, regardless of what computer they have, what browser they like, or what device suits their needs," the letter states. "No company — no matter how big or how creative — should dictate what you can create, how you create it, or what you can experience on the web." The letter is part of a widening rift between Apple and Adobe. Two weeks ago, Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs wrote a 29-paragraph public missive panning Adobe’s Flash as having “major technical drawbacks.” U.S. antitrust enforcers also may investigate Apple following a complaint from Adobe, people familiar with the matter said this month. Adobe has also launched a banner ad campaign to let you know that they love Apple. The two-piece banner ads are composed of a 720 x 90 pixel “We [heart] Apple” design, followed by a 300 x 250 pixel medium rectangle that reads: “What we don’t love is anybody taking away your freedom to choose what you create, how you create it, and what you experience on the web.”"

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wall of text! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32193992)

Might be a good idea to cut back on some of the quotes etc. or maybe add a paragraph break in there. It's a little too clustered up.

Freedom (1)

RazorSharp (1418697) | more than 4 years ago | (#32194952)

I don't think this is the type of freedom our founding father's had in mind when they wrote the Bill of Rights. I think the type of freedom they had in mind would be Apple having the freedom to not support Flash on their device and consumers having the freedom to not buy an Apple product if this design decision is not to their liking. It's not like Apple is locking out Adobe to push their own proprietary standard, there is no anti-trust issue here.

Adobe is the next Sun. They're going to keep faltering and faltering until they're bought out by some giant. Open source and open standards are going to kill them. Eventually Gimp will work well enough to replace Photoshop, Flash will be dead, an open source WYSIWYG will replace InDesign/Dreamweaver, and this trend will continue with all their products. I think the folks at Adobe realize the impact that open source will have. They know that keeping the web running on Flash is their only hope to survive as a company.

Adobe is like if Microsoft only had Office and IE. Look at what OpenOffice, Firefox, Chrome, and Google Docs are doing. Software as a product is a failing business model, software as a service is the future. IBM and Google know this, that's why they're so ahead of the curve.

Have to call Adobe out on this... (1)

billdorrian (1811026) | more than 4 years ago | (#32200150)

“'It’s a dangerous precedent to have a single company picking and choosing what parts of the Web they want to support,'" David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president of Adobe’s Platform Business Unit, said in an interview. ...Snip....

"We believe that consumers should be able to freely access their favorite content and applications, regardless of what computer they have, what browser they like, or what device suits their needs," the letter states. "No company — no matter how big or how creative — should dictate what you can create, how you create it, or what you can experience on the web."

So...you will be coming out with a version of Shockwave for Linux, then?

Hey! Adobe! You can't have it both ways. If you're so concerned about a common web experience , then throw us Linux users a bone here.

(See what you did, Adobe? You made me defend Apple. And now I feel dirty...thanks a lot.)

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