Thursday, May 01, 2008

Adobe moves to broaden Flash reach | Tech news blog - CNET News.com

More aggressive moves for Adobe (and more bad news for the potential of Java on the client)

Wadhwani said the Open Screen project has five basic elements. Adobe will remove license restriction on the .swf file format. "It is published already, but in order to view it you have to say you will not create a competing player," said Wadhwani. "We're lifting that restriction. People have been worried about vendor lock-in. This will remove that obstacle, and concern."

Adobe will also remove licensing fees for embedding Flash Player on devices. The software has always been a free download for PC users. But Adobe has charged for embedding on devices. Those charges will disappear with the next release of the software.

Adobe will also publish a variety of APIs and protocols related to Flash.

Adobe moves to broaden Flash reach | Tech news blog - CNET News.com

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