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Adobe’s love of shotguns…

Adobe seems to have a love of shotguns, namely pointing it at itself and/or it’s users and pulling the trigger.

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I’ve been pretty vocal about my dislike for the present CEO. I sold all my Adobe shares (just to make that clear).  And I really think Adobe is doing EVERYTHING it can to kill itself – which is a shame because they have a lot of good products.

So recently on Slashdot there was a discussion of Adobe’s handling of a Photoshop CS5 bug. Where Adobe’s solution is “Pay us to upgrade to CS6”
https://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-11.html

Now some might point out the fact that CS5 was released 2 years ago and CS6 is the second version since CS5 (with CS5.5 in between). But let’s consider whether that is legitimate justification.

CS5 was released in April 2010, followed by CS5.5 in April 2011. CS6 was just released this April. Let’s say you bought the top of the line “Master Chief Suite”.  The upgrade cost from CS5.5 is $550, and from CS5 – over a thousand $$$$.

But let’s say you bought Adobe CS5 suite in March 2011. You’re now on the hook for over a $1,000 just to secure your 14 month old software suite.  That’s pretty damn petty IMHO.

I already dislike how tiered Adobe’s upgrade path has become.  Essentially they’ve kept the the high upgrade price while moving to a shorter upgrade cycle. And tiering the upgrade based on the version.  But it used to be that upgrades were available to the last two cycles. And I think it should still be that way.  Instead, Adobe is trying to get $500/year, every year from it’s users.

Why this is bad?  $500/year isn’t bad if you’re an active business with a high production rate.  But it’s very bad if you’re an independent or part time user (ie: many of us with a 40 hour a week day job that DOESN’T use Adobe products) and you just want to stay in the game and stay current with Adobe technology and do the odd job here and there.   It then becomes cost prohibitive; and why is this bad? Because it means people like me will fall behind on Adobe’s technology platform and cease maintaining the skillset,  in other words, shrinking of Adobe’s developer base – and that’s a VERY BAD thing.

Adobe is becoming an extremely greedy company under it’s current leadership; and a foolish one to boot.  I’ve long advocated for the removal of Adobe’s current CEO and a replacement with someone who better understands the present digital world.

SOLUTION: Release a reduced developer edition of CS Master Suite. The developer edition requires that you sign-up as an individual programmer. It gives you a limited license. Full featured, but you can only produce personal or not-for-profit products.   Make it cheap!

This is similar to the licensing that Adobe did with giving away Flex Builder in 2009 to anyone who was unemployed.  That was a REALLY cool thing, and I give Adobe HUGE Kudos for that. 

Adobe’s Flash, although oft criticized has a tremendous amount going for it technology wise. But it’s been mis-marketed, managed, and like Coldfusion is kept from it’s potential.  I truly believe Adobe is going in a direction that will ultimately lead to it’s eventual demise/purchase within a decade’s time. Where as I believe that Adobe if it were to take advantage of certain opportunities in his playing hand could propel itself to a position of near rivalry with Apple and Microsoft.  But so far, I haven’t seen them do ANY of the right decisions they need to do for that.

😦

 

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Is Adobe missing a great opportunity?

Adobe, has an opportunity to hit back at Apple. I believe Apple has clearly shown that they have no interest in working with Adobe, and that no amount of good effort on Adobe’s part will win Steve over.
I am of the opinion that Adobe should begin supporting the counter-culture following of the iPhone.  Presently, there is an iPhone community that has jailbroken their phones. Applications are available for the iPhone that do not go through the iTunes store.
Perhaps it is time for a large company to come on board with this community. Adobe could do a lot, they could help facilitate a greater outlet.  An app market that doesn’t require Apple.  One in which the only products that are delisted are those that are actively malicious.  Sure it won’t be the protected game of golf Apple’s been courting.  But maybe a little rugby on the iPhone is what we want!
I am not sure whether it’d be best for Adobe to build their own store front or to partner with something like
RockYourPhone.  But either option could shake the core of Apple’s world.  Think of the draw such a store would have, especially if Adobe were to make Flash Player available in such a store.  Adobe would simply have to put a few ads in prominent places and overnight it’d become the most installed iPhone app.
Meanwhile, Adobe’s CS5 platform could offer an alternative means to writing apps. One that us PC owners could utilize.   Such could completely legitimize the jailbroken community. At the very least, I think Adobe should release the Flash Player for jailbroken iphones at this point.
It’s at least create a lot of headache for Apple.  And I think Apple has no good will toward Adobe.
I believe the biggest mistake Adobe could make at this point, is NOT to escalate this into a war. To merely sit back and accept what Apple dishes is foolish.  It’s like sitting at a dinner table watching everyone else get served as the host ignores you.  There is no point in treating such a host as a friend anymore – cause they aren’t.
And Adobe would be foolhardy to allow themselves to be relegated to the sidelines.  Simply releasing Flash Player to the jailbroken community would keep Adobe in the game. I thought their CS5 strategy was a good one, they were trying to play within the rules. But when they finally admit that they just don’t want to let you play, it’s time to start your own game.
And I think Adobe is the #1 player with the means to help free the iPhone from Apple’s totalitarian dictatorship.

How to enable CNTRL-T tab in Flash

We’ve all been there.  Casually browsing online, viewing some Flash powered site. We see something and we want to Google or Wikipedia it. So we hit CNTRL-T.

Brain Crash!  Nothing happens and it seems like our brain is just hanging there in a suspended state waiting for the event to complete – but it never does.  Finally some try/catch error handling in our brains goes something like this.

Try CNTRL-T
Catch (failed to launch tab)
If Flash
Go Duh!
Click URL Bar
CNTRL-T

It’s always bothered me as I do not understand why this is so. Yes, I understand Flash is sandboxed. But come on…usability. Can’t anything be done?

Yes! Sort of…

Below is code to facilitate creating a new tab window. It’s not the prettiest solution, nor is it a complete solution. But blast it – it’s a START!

First you will need to listen for the “applicationComplete” event. Place the following code in your <s:Application> tag.

applicationComplete=”appCompleted()”

Next create a <fx:Script> tag and place the following code inside:
import flash.events.Event; //Imports Event class.
//On application complete event adds a listener to stage which listens for the key stroke down event.
private function appCompleted():void{
stage.addEventListener(KeyboardEvent.KEY_DOWN, monitorKeyStroke);
}
//Function called on key stroke down event. Evaluates keystroke, if CNTRL-T, launches a new tab.
private function monitorKeyStroke(event:KeyboardEvent):void{
if((event.charCode == 116) && (event.ctrlKey == true)){
ExternalInterface.call(“function newTab(){window.open()}”)
}
}

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Please note, I have not evaluated this on the Mac platform now that I no longer have access to an OS X machine.

Inaugural meeting of SVFUG

We will be having our first meeting of the Susquehanna Flash/Flex User Group (SVFUG) next Tuesday, January 27th @ 6:15pm.

SVFUG is a community group for sharing knowledge regarding Adobe Flash based products and auxiliary tools catering to the York/Lancaster area.  Each meeting will usually have 1-2 sessions at varying educational levels and differing topics.  We will also be providing pizza/soda during a break.

I know a number of individuals have already expressed interest in furthering their knowledge of Flash and/or programming. I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to attend.  This is a great opportunity to learn, and potentially, to network with others in our community.

If you are interested (and live in the area), I suggest you click here, create an account at groups.adobe.com, and join SVFUG at the following link

http://groups.adobe.com/groups/f8d9c4add8/summary

Way to cool (retro)

Play some of your old favorite arcade games in “Flash Player”

http://yvern.com/fMAME/fMAME.html

Flash Player 10 – Beta

Demos

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/demos/index.html

Links on Flex integration

http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/flexsdk/Targeting+Flash+Player+10+Beta+with+Flex+SDK+3.0.x

http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/flexsdk/Download+Flex+3

http://www.senocular.com/flash/tutorials/flash10drawingapi/ (drawing API tutorial)

UPDATE on “_blank” / navigateToURL() issue

Well, this week provided a fair amount of activity on the bug. That is technically a Flash Player bug (Reference #225434). [For those looking for an interim fix, see my blog post here.]

Well, the good news, Adobe’s recent 9.0.124 release fixes this issue for most browsers.

Safari 2, Safari 3, and Opera were all fine on Mac.
IE6, Firefox, Safari 3 were all fine on Windows XP.

The issue does remain for Firefox on OS X & Linux (Unix code versions). Hopefully they’ll fix it in 9.0.25, but it’s nice to know it’s being worked on.

Note – in Firefox on Mac, the first click worked for me, the second click would be blocked. And eventually all clicks were blocked.

http://bugs.adobe.com/jira/browse/SDK-12987


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