iPhone and iPad with FLASH?
iPhone and iPad users commonly complain about the inability to use Flash on their devices. Finally it seems there may be a work around to allow Adobe Flash files on the Apple iOS. Adobe has just released the application titled Wallaby that will convert Flash files into HTML5 format. Wallaby converts artwork and animation with the file extension .fla into an HTML format that can be opened with the Safari web browser on iOS devices.
Adobe states, “This allows you to reuse and extend the reach of your content to devices that do not support the Flash runtimes.”
Even with this application, there will be some Flash files that iPhone and iPad users will not be able to convert. 3D transforms, ActionScript, streaming sound, and embedded or external video will not be supported but, features like images, layers, scenes, font embedding and FrameSets will be.
Wallaby should be used with Apple’s iOS 4.2 or 4.3 as previous versions may have issues with HTML files converted from Flash. Adobe says there are still a few bugs to work out and some files may loose borders and zooming features.
Apple and Adobe have had a public feud in recent years with Steve Jobs publicly stating that Flash was unfit for advanced technology products such as the iPhone and iPad. Apple even stopped preinstalling Adobe Flash on all Mac computers. Looks like Adobe finally found a way to answer back to Apple’s digs.