Adobe announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Day Software, a move the company says is intended to strengthen its enterprise software solutions on the Web.
"Adobe’s acquisition of Day represents a key milestone in our efforts toward delivering best-in-class customer experience management solutions to enterprises and governments worldwide," said Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Solutions, Adobe. "With the addition of Day to our enterprise portfolio, we will be able to enhance the value of our offering and deliver on our vision of the web as the hub of customer interaction."
The two companies will operate as a product line within Adobe's Digital Enteprise Solutions Business Unit, with Day CEO Erik Hansen joining Adobe and reporting directly to Rob Tarkoff, Adobe said.
"We are excited to join Adobe and combine our expertise in WCM with technologies that create and deliver rich online and offline experiences leveraging the ubiquity of Flash and PDF," Hansen added. "We believe this is a winning combination for both Adobe and Day customers."
Adobe has given us a peek at a peer-to-peer video calling system on Android that uses the cross-platform Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). The name of the app is, get ready for it, FlashTime. Yeah, take that Apple. The app has direct access to the camera hardware just as a standard app would, and works much as Apple's FaceTime service does. The system uses Adobe's Stratus servers to connect two devices (in this case Nexus Ones).
The point here doesn't seem to be to show something completely new, as Android users already have apps like Fring and Qik to make video calls. Adobe is just showing what their Flash products can do on mobile phones. The FlashTime app will presumably be easy to port to other platforms on which Flash is available.
This isn't going to help to patch things up between Apple and Adobe, but maybe in this brave new world, Adobe can get by without the iPhone. If there were a reliable cross-platform video chat app like FlashTime on your phone, would you use it?
M86 Security Labs released a list of the top 15 most observed vulnerabilities for the first half of 2010 and, surprise-surprise, Adobe Acrobat & Adobe Reader (No. 1) and Microsoft Internet Explorer (No. 2) took the top two spots.
It wasn't enough to just take the top spots, Adobe Reader and Microsoft IE overachieved (underachieved?) by claiming nine out of the 15 slots, with four of them belonging to Adobe and five for Microsoft.
The list also indicates a growing focus on exploiting Java-based vulnerabilities.
"Java is the next low-hanging fruit for attackers," says Marc Maiffret, chief technology officer at eEye Digital Security.
In his tirade against Adobe's Flash platform, one of the reasons Steve Jobs says Apple doesn't allow the popular plug-in to run on Apple's iPhones, iPods, and iPads is because "Flash has not performed well on mobile devices." In fact, Steve Jobs claims his Cupertino company has "routinely asked Adobe to show us [Apple] Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now." Anyone think a demo of Flash running smooth on the iPad would change his mind?
Probably not, but that didn't stop iPhone hacker "comex" from demonstrating it anyway. This is the same guy who developed the Spirit untethered jailbreak tool for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and now he's gone and ported a version of Adobe Flash runtime for Android to run on the iPad using a compatibility layer, which he's calling "Frash."
"Frash can currently run most Flash programs natively in the MobileSafari browser," reads a description of the YouTube video showing Frash in action. "Frash currently only runs on the iPad, but support for other devices (3GS+ only due to technical restrictions" is planned, as well as support for iOS 4."
Comex says he'll release Frash when it's fully stable, and in the meantime, "developers are welcome to join the effort at http://github.com/comex/frash -- fork it an send a pull request with your patches."
After 9.5 versions of Photoshop (Windows wasn’t supported until PS 2.5) it’s easy to become jaded about Adobe’s stalwart photo editor. Fortunately, Photoshop CS5 gives us something to get worked up about all over again.
Packing more than 250 new features, Photoshop CS5 is an amazing upgrade capable of performing a wide range of tasks we’ve never seen before, while simultaneously simplifying the trademark tasks we’ve come to know and love.
Adobe on Tuesday posted a Security Bulletin alerting the public that it has identified a critical vulnerability in Adoble Flash Player 10.0.45.2 and earlier versions for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris operating systems. A security flaw was also found in the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x for Windows, Mac, and UNIX platforms.
"This vulnerability (CVE-2010-1297) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system," Adobe said. "There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat."
That was one of 17 security vulnerabilities identified, the rest of which apply to Adobe Reader and Acrobat. All of these have been labeled as "critical" and run the gamut from memory corruption (could lead to code execution) to a social networking attack.
Steve Jobs, the proprietary pimp who refuses to back Adobe's Flash platform, isn't alone in his decision to get wholeheartedly behind HTML5. Joining him is Digital Playground, one of the major players in the adult film industry, which announced plans to kick Flash to the curb and get into bed with HTML5 as soon as desktop browsers fully sport the spec.
"We are waiting for browsers to catch up. As soon as they are ready, we will move everything to HTML5," said Ali Joone, founder and director of Digital Playground. While grateful for what Flash has delivered up to this point, Joone added that it was "just a matter of time" until Flash got pushed aside. "It's the next passing of the torch."
This latest development isn't without significant ironic undertones. Just over two months ago, Steve Jobs said that Apple has a "moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone." The way it's shaping up, however, it looks like folks who want porn will be able to get it on their iPad, too.
Should Adobe acknowledge the announcement, we fully suspect the software vendor to downplay the situation, but this could turn out to be a huge development. Let's not forget that despite HD-DVD winning over consumer support with lower-priced hardware, Blu-ray ended up winning the high-definition format war, a victory that in large part was won because of the backing of the adult film industry.
Google and Adobe are getting along swimmingly these days. In the mobile space, Android is the only platform that currently has full Flash support, and now Google's desktop browser has the Flash Player built in. The newest stable version of Chrome 5.0.376.86 has Adobe Flash by default. This feature was present in the beta and developer channels at various times recently, but now it is rolled out everywhere.
Many developers and consumers feel Flash is too resource intensive, and should be replaced by HTML5 standards. Interestingly, Google is one company pushing HTML5 quite hard. It seems they are willing to support multiple standards for the benefit of users who, like it or not, need to use Flash content from time to time.
Users who don't want the plug-in for whatever reason can disable it. Type about:plugins into the address bar and hit enter. From this page, you can turn off Flash, or any other plug-ins you don't want.
According to a bulletin from Adobe Labs, Adobe Systems has decided to halt the development of the Labs program of Flash Player 10 software for 64-bit flavors of Linux. Adobe insists this is only temporary, as well as necessary in order to making significant architectural changes and beef up security.
"We are fully committed to bringing native 64-bit Flash Player for the desktop by providing native support for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player," Adobe added. "We intend to provide more regular update information on our progress as we continue our work on 64-bit versions of Flash Player. Thank you for your continued help and support."
According to InfoWorld, an Adobe representative expressed the same sentiment, saying that the company is not killing development, and instead working to improve the underlying code for this version of the runtime.
Apple and Adobe have been trading verbal blows quite regularly, with both companies even accusing each other of being a “closed system” at an unwittingly hilarious point in their duel. But Apple’s resolute vow to never allow Flash on the iPhone and iPad means Adobe, whether it likes it or not, will have to concentrate on other mobile devices. And it does seem to have the blessings of nearly all other major players in the smartphone market.
But Adobe might just be counting its chickens too early, especially given its failures to bridge the vast gulf between desktop and mobile versions of the Flash players. It can’t really afford another failed attempt.