Adobe asks to join the iPad party

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Nobody likes to feel left out, and Adobe is a bit miffed that the new Apple iPad doesn't include Flash.

In a blog post, the company's Adrian Ludwig describes the device as "pretty good" - don't overdo it, Ade - but has a go at Apple for its omission.

"It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers," he says.

"Unlike many other ebook readers using the ePub file format, consumers will not be able to access ePub content with Apple's DRM technology on devices made by other manufacturers.  And without Flash support, iPad users will not be able to access the full range of web content, including over 70 percent of games and 75 percent of video on the web."

Making the best of a bad job, the company is calling for Flash developers for the device. Using its recently-announced Packager for iPhone tool, they will be able to convert Flash content into iPad apps. But as things stand, they won't be able to take advantage of that lovely big screen.

But, says the company, "It is our intent to make it possible for Flash developers to build applications that can take advantage of the increased screen size and resolution of the iPad.

"If you want to build an app for the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad using Flash, please shoot us a mail at iphone-prerelease@adobe.com," says Adobe.

"We are looking for developers and designers who have a specific app in mind to be submitted to the iTunes App Store within the next two months."