Following this morning’s announcement from Apple that it would relax restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, Adobe has responded positively.
“Apple’s announcement today that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for Adobe’s Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool,” the company said in a statement.
“This feature was created to enable Flash developers to quickly and easily deliver applications for iOS devices. The feature is available for developers to use today in Flash Professional CS5, and we will now resume development work on this feature for future releases.”
Adobe said it was undoubtedly great news for developers and noted that members of its developer community were saying that Packager apps are already being approved for the App Store.
However, “We do want to point out that Apple’s restriction on Flash content running in the browser on iOS devices remains in place.”
That said, Adobe will continue to work the likes of Google, RIM, Nokia, Motorola and Palm/HP to enable their device users to browse the full web through Flash Player 10.1 and run standalone applications on AIR.
“We are excited about the great progress our partners are making as they deliver the first smartphones to market with full Flash support,” added Adobe.