My money is on Adobe simply because of those two invisible weapons, PDF and Flash

16 07 2007

 

 

Robert X. Cringely write very good article on FLASH and PDF today’s stand.

Some of the very good statements he has write.

  • Being the owner of two invisible technologies [PDF and Flash] makes Adobe more powerful than most of us can even imagine.
  • Adobe absolutely dominates nearly every market for graphical software and is a strong competitor in video, too.
  • Adobe is moving into developer tools in a big way to support its grab for mindshare in the interactive/rich web application space where much of the excitement lately seems to be.
  • My money is on Adobe simply because of those two invisible weapons, PDF and Flash.
  • But invisibility offers no advantage to those who can’t follow through. That’s not Adobe, by which I mean that’s not Flash, which has grown to be so much more than it was ever intended to be.
  • By itself, Flash has had an amazing evolution.
  • Java applets were fantastic with major shortcomings (huge Java runtime, poor performance, clunky and ugly interface, etc). Flash fixed all or most of those.
  • Expect Flash in everything and perhaps even Flash in a chip. Deploying software in hardware is the ultimate DRM.
  • And Flash does cross-platform so much better than Java ever did.
  • Flash potentially solves all those problems AND creates new opportunities.

Read complete article here.

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