Category: Tech Trends

Adobe’s John Warnock on Balancing Open Standards with Proprietary Software — and Maybe Calling Steve Jobs

Adobe’s John Warnock on Balancing Open Standards with Proprietary Software — and Maybe Calling Steve Jobs

Knowledge@Wharton published an interview I did with Adobe Systems co-founder and co-chairman John Warnock. Warnock discusses topics ranging from the origins of the company he founded with Chuck Geschke to the reason he doesn't like to use Microsoft software and why he may personally call Steve Jobs to discuss putting Adobe's Flash on Apple's iPhone. … Continue reading Adobe’s John Warnock on Balancing Open Standards with Proprietary Software — and Maybe Calling Steve Jobs

Is the iPhone the Next Windows or the Next Mac?

The announcements at Adobe's MAX 2009 conference earlier this month have reignited the conversation about Flash on the iPhone -- whether it will ever happen and, if not, why not. At the conference, Adobe announced plans to bring Flash 10 to all the major mobile platforms -- except the iPhone. In order to have some … Continue reading Is the iPhone the Next Windows or the Next Mac?

Adobe’s New ‘In Your Face’ Attitude

Adobe’s New ‘In Your Face’ Attitude

The keynote addresses at Adobe Systems' MAX developer's conference this past week in Los Angeles contained the usual spate of product intros and partner announcements, including Adobe's plans to bring the Flash Player to most of the major smartphone platforms -- RIM, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Google's Android, and Palm's webOS. Apple's iPhone was, of course, … Continue reading Adobe’s New ‘In Your Face’ Attitude

PDF Evolution and Compatibility: A Personal Anecdote

PDF Evolution and Compatibility: A Personal Anecdote

Adobe senior principal scientist Jim King recently posted an item on his blog introducing a paper he authored titled "On the Evolution of PDF." In that document, King discusses how Adobe Systems has worked to maintain the compatibility of their Portable Document Format (PDF) while continuing to enhance its capabilities. King describes three types compatibility … Continue reading PDF Evolution and Compatibility: A Personal Anecdote

The Return of the Revenge of the Webtop

The Return of the Revenge of the Webtop

As the oft-repeated story goes, in the latter half of the 1990s, Netscape co-founder Mark Andreessen boasted that Netscape would reduce Microsoft Windows to "a set of poorly debugged device drivers." What he meant, of course, was that software development would move from native operating system applications to the web. The web browser would become … Continue reading The Return of the Revenge of the Webtop

Battle of the In-Betweens: Redbox and Netflix

Battle of the In-Betweens: Redbox and Netflix

"Little-Known Redbox Proves the Power of In-Between Technology" in the current issue of Fast Company describes the rapid rise of video rental kiosk vendor Redbox. As indicated by the title, the article underscores how Redbox has succeeded using "in-between" technology, focusing on what works now rather than chasing the latest vision of the high-tech future: … Continue reading Battle of the In-Betweens: Redbox and Netflix

Adobe Flash Player 10 Ported to Most Smartphones — Except the iPhone

Adobe Flash Player 10 Ported to Most Smartphones — Except the iPhone

In today's Adobe Systems Q2 earnings call, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said that Adobe is seeing "tremendous adoption" of Flash across not just PCs, but all kinds of devices. Narayen stated that Adobe has ported Flash Player 10 to multiple smartphone platforms, including Google's Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Palm WebOS. A beta release of … Continue reading Adobe Flash Player 10 Ported to Most Smartphones — Except the iPhone