Apple bans Flash CS5 iPhone App Compiler

Update: Today April 9th 2010, Lee Brimelow, an Adobe platform evangelist responded to the latest poster from Apple with “Go screw yourself “ on his popular web blog TheFlashBlog.com. It’s hard not to notice the frustration of developers across the blogosphere fuel by Apple’s refusal to allow third party API compiled apps in to the iTunes store.

The language from Apple’s agreement states “Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs”. This stipulation is a loathsome move by Apple to render the new Flash CS5 feature of porting Flash files as iPhone/iPad apps totally useless.

I wonder how many flash developers will delay upgrade to CS5 once they get wind of Apple’s stipulation. I’ve noticed a few developers complaining that their apps were rejected because of the use of third party APIs such as Corona, PhoneGap & Titanium

Read the Titanium’s rejection forum post here:
http://developer.appcelerator.com/question/3921/about-the-iphone-private-api-in-use

John Gruber of Daring Fireball was the first to post these changes:
http://daringfireball.net/2010/04/iphone_agreement_bans_flash_compiler

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Play MP4 using Flash FLV component

Good news! Flash video player (FLVPlayback component) will now play mp4 files (external video files). This is good news because you will now save time by not having to convert videos to the flv format. With mp4 we can now play H.264 HD-quality videos.

Known Issues: The video will have to be fully loaded before it starts playing. Fortunity there is a way to fix the mp4 to start playing sooner. You will have to use a tool called qt-faststart which patches the MP4 file and shefts the headers from the end of the file to the beginning. The file now will starts playback immediately, while the rest of the files is downloaded in the background.

First check if you have flash player version 9.0.115 or higher: http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_15507

You can grag the new Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Upgrade at Amazon for about $190 I think.

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