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From Pratimesh Bharude <mesh120...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Flex PDF support
Date Wed, 09 May 2012 05:08:50 GMT
Can we talk less about Adobe and move Apache flex to the heights, above our
imaginations, Exceptation :)

With Regards,

On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM, Doug McCune <doug@dougmccune.com> wrote:

> >
> > I can't imagine it would be ever be in Adobe's interest in breaking
> > the web by somehow trying to break existing installs of Flash Player or
> > prevent future installs.
> Michael, you'll soon come to learn that this is the Adobe party line about
> the Flash/Flex relationship. Adobe has no interest in "breaking the web" so
> Adobe won't decide to make older content produced for Flash player (like
> the swfs you create today) stop working at any point in the near or semi
> long term future. I think this is true and fairly logical/rational. The
> difficulty comes in when the definition of "the web" starts changing and we
> start getting more and more "web browsers" that don't support flash out of
> the box (and which Adobe has clearly decided not to ever support going
> forward). So we already know that mobile browsers on Android no longer
> count (no Flash on Chrome for Android, and no updates now on any Android
> browsers going forward). And of course Safari on iOS is the obvious one.
> But in my mind the big question is what starts happening when there are
> more and more screens used for accessing the web that are born without
> Flash support and are guaranteed now to never get it?
> Your Flex apps, as they are today, will continue to work on the browsers
> that you know today (IE/Chrome/FF/Opera/etc/etc) running on "desktop" or
> "laptop" computers that you know today. I think everyone agrees that
> anything beyond that is completely up in the air. Adobe doesn't need to
> stop existing Flash content working where it used to work to kill Flash. We
> just have to get to a point where the majority of (new) web browsers don't
> support it from the start.
> All that said, Flex today remains an incredibly viable choice for many
> business apps. I say that as someone currently developing and maintaining a
> lage-scale Flex app. I'm definitely not trying to be uber-pessimistic here,
> just realistic. Although you'll certainly get more positive spins on the
> whole Adobe situation from others on this list. But your concerns are
> valid, they are very real, and despite those concerns Flex may still be the
> right choice now and the right choice over the next few years as things
> progress (which is the conclusion I've made myself).

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