Flash on iPhone 'trick' released by Adobe

Flash on iPhone 'trick' released by Adobe

By Rob Crossley

March 8th 2011 at 2:08PM

New application converts Flash to HTML5

Adobe has released a conversion application that it says can allow Flash games to play on iPhone for the first time.

The move is the latest twist in a long-standing rift between Flash owner Adobe and smartphone giant Apple. The Mac group has always blocked Flash from its hugely popular iPhone and iPad devices, instead calling on developers to adopt the rival HTML5 standard.

But Adobe appears to have performed a coup against Apple, by releasing an “experimental Flash to HTML5 conversion tool”.

The application, codenamed Wallaby, allows designers and developers to convert Adobe Flash Professional files into HTML5. Adobe said this can be done via a “simple drag and drop” technique, thus making the process as easy to implement as possible.

Apple has not endorsed the device, though CEO Steve Jobs has repeatedly endorsed and invested energy in the HTML5 format.

“Adobe invites customers to download Wallaby, try out the code it generates and provide feedback on how they are using it,” the group said in an admission of the tool’s imperfections.

“With more than 3 million Flash developers in the creative community, Adobe continues to look for new ways to help them build on their existing skills and to make their content available to the widest possible audiences,” it added.