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Flash Shows a White Flag

Adobe has produced a so-called experimental Flash Professional-to-HTML 5 automatic conversion tool called Wallaby

After taking heavy fire from Steve Jobs over Flash, Adobe Tuesday ran up a white flag and produced a so-called experimental Flash Professional-to-HTML 5 automatic conversion tool called Wallaby so Flash files can run on Apple's otherwise forbidden iPad and iPhone.

It will work initially on simple stuff like banner ads and animations and create a mix of HTML, CSS and JavaScript that can be edited, if necessary, in Dreamweaver. It doesn't support movies or sound yet and it reportedly works best at this point with output from the Webkit-based Safari and Chrome browsers.

The move is expected to result in some developer defections from Adobe, especially among the mobile set.

Although, say, Android supports Flash, Google, Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft, like Apple, all support the immature HTML 5, which is ultimately expected to replace the widely used Flash on the interactive web.

See http://labs.adobe.com/ for a download of the free AIR-based widgetry first demoed last fall. It works on Macs and PCs.

Adobe has also got an audio-enhanced beta of the 10.3 Flash Player and is working on a 64-bit Flash 11.

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