Alex Beutel's Blog and Flash – Again

July 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

I know I already posted about this subject once, but I must again express my disappointment in Adobe.  After reading this post on Adobe’s blog about their “cool new features” such as this embedable flash version of PDF’s, I was again a bit surprised at their Adobe’s simply silly buisness strategy.  Adobe is clearly trying to keep up with a combination of services offered by Google Docs and Zoho with their Buzzword application and Scribd’s iPaper with this PDF-flash widget.  However, I find it both rediculous and unintelligent that Adobe is blatantly offering a sub-par service when trying to win over Web 2.0 users; it offers a small, buggy flash widget to compete with iPaper and leaves Flashpaper, a clean, simple solution, on the sidelines hoping to make money off the $100 charge for the software or hoping some host will fork over a good chunk of money to suddenly revive Coldfusion, starting at ground zero of this arena?  One would think that in the face of serious competition to many of its services, it would throws its best into this new arena, and change the way they monetize their product as they have been doing with other services such as Photoshop Express.  I would love to use this new embedable flash preview but it simply unrealistic.  The quality is too low to read and can not even be enlarged to fit the web page appropriately.  Adobe, make a smart move and bring Flashpaper mainstream, enable it for everyone, offer up some ads with it.  Do this and I will gladly support and use this new project.

Tags: Programming · Web Development

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