Adobe has posted a fresh report on its Flash program blog talking about Apple’s iPad announcement and the device’s lack of Flash support. After calling the iPad a “pretty good new device” and talking about the various Adobe technologies that do appear on the iPad, including PDF and ePub support, Adobe employee Adrian Ludwig chews up Apple for its choice to leave Flash support off the iPad. “It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers,”
Ludwig writes. “Unlike many other ebook readers using the ePub file format, consumers won’t be able to access ePub content with Apple’s DRM technology on devices made by other makers. And without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70% of games and 75% of video on the web. If I need to use the iPad to connect to Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab—not to bring up the millions of other sites on the web—I’ll be out of luck.” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said in February 2009 that Apple and Adobe were “collaborating” in an attempt to bring Flash to the iPhone, but no additional statements have been made since.