As we already mentioned in this blog, Adobe owns many of the (proprietary) tools used by designers nowadays: Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and after having acquired Macromedia, it also owns Dreamweaver, Flash, Director, etc. Monopoly rhymes with monoculture.
However, Adobe has not always been the enemy of free formats. A recent example being the viewer for SVG they released when Flash was still a product from a competitor. Logically the support for the SVG viewer is now discontinued, Flash having become an asset of the company. End of life.
A complementary explanation could be that the SVG format is also read
natively within a major open-source browser, firefox. Who needs a
If we applaud the development of the SVG support within firefox, we regret that the softwares that have been developed specifically for the functionnalities added to the Adobe's SVG plugin may end with the software itself or will need to be rewritten. As the source code for the SVG player has not been published under a free license, we end up in a paradox: the programmers that wrote code for the functionalities specific to the Adobe's player chose SVG because it was free and open, but the player was itself a black box. And now, part of this code will be locked in this box because the same functionalities are not present in the firefox implementation. The Adobe viewer will be removed from the download area of adobe.com and the license doesn't allow for redistribution.
From JD on EP, a series of interesting comments:
So this has nothing to do with putting Flash into Firefox. Firefox users will still require the Flash plugin to run SWFs. But contributing a high-performance virtual machine for a type-checked, object-oriented language is still a big deal!
"AJAX in Flash, with a Web 2.0 hype engine. May god have mercy on us all."
To end this post about Adobe and open source software, it is still worthy to recap some info about the alternatives to produce flash movies with open source tools:
Open source flash on linux:
Flash from PHP with Ming:
And last but not least, to throw an eye on this article based on an
interview with Paul Betlem, senior director of engineering for Adobe,
who explains 'Why Flash 9 for Linux is taking so long':
But why you would use open source tools to lock your software in a proprietary format will be the subject of another post.
Thanks to Peter Westenberg to have sent me precious informations.