Is Adobe the new Microsoft?

People sometimes ask me why I am not a fan of Adobe? The main reason is that they have very lackluster Macintosh support.  Misbehaving Installers, slow installers, and quality control that Microsoft would never accept. Microsoft is criticized for throwing out releasing and then over the next dozen or so patches slowly eliminating bugs (and […]

Mobile Flash Fail: Weak Android Player Proves Jobs Right

I’m the last person on earth who wanted to believe Steve Jobs when he told Walt Mossberg at D8 that “Flash has had its day.” I took it as nothing more than showmanship when Jobs shared his thoughts on Flash and wrote that “Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support […]

Better to be late, then never, I guess… (Flash H.264)

Adobe has just stated that the new Flash Player ( now contains a H.264 hardware decoding layer for the GPU…. We just pushed a few minutes ago a new version of the Flash Player containing a nice feature that was in beta until now called “Gala”. Yes, H.264 GPU decoding in Mac OSX is […]

Apple Seeds Build 10F569 of 10.6.4

World of Apple, noted that today Apple gave a select number of developers access to the eighth build of Mac OS X 10.6.4. 10F569 includes the same seed notes as the last couple of builds and continues to contain no known issues. Mac OS X 10.6.4 build 10F569 weighs in at 613.8MB in its delta […]

About the non-standard indeterminate wait cursor in Photoshop CS5

What’s wrong about inventing your own cursors?  Or about using non-standard animations?  Pierre Iggot (Betalogue) expands on his previous discussion on where Adobe has gotten it wrong, when giving “wait” feedback to the user. In short, Adobe uses a custom “waiting” cursor animation when doing certain actions (eg. Loading a large file).  Pierre discusses the […]

Apple Seeds Build 10F58 of Mac OS X 10.6.4

World of Apple Reports: Apple today gave a select number of developers access to the fifth build of Mac OS X 10.6.4. Build 10F58 includes a multitude of fixes and like the previous build of Mac OS X 10.6.4 contains no known issues. Mac OS X 10.6.4 build 10F58 weighs in at 593.2MB in its […]

Hot Stuff – Adobe Part ???

I’ve lost track of what “round” this is…  But Daring Fireball pointed this out… Hot Stuff Ross Miller for Engadget on the Flash-enabled Android 2.2 browser: Battery and heat are also of concern: the pre-release beta we have, according to Adobe, lacks hardware acceleration. Ergo, our beloved handset got piping hot after about 30 minutes […]

Now it’s obvious….

I now understand Adobe’s issues with fixing their software bugs….  They are being driven made by the bug reports from their users…  It’s so clear to me now… See the rest of the collection of bug reports at Maniacal Rage.