Adobe speaks out about iPad Flash omission

Adobe finds out Apple's new iPad doesn't support Flash and it isn't too happy about it. A group manager mentions that frustration in a blog post.

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The iPad lacks Flash support. Apple

It looks like Apple's iPad won't support Flash, a potentially troublesome issue for consumers looking for a full-fledged Web experience on the device. And Adobe is none too happy about it.

Writing in a blog post on Wednesday on the company's Flash Platform blog, Adobe group manager Adrian Ludwig wrote that "there's something important missing from Apple's approach to connecting consumers to content" when it comes to the company's new iPad.

"It looks like Apple is continuing to impose restrictions on their devices that limit both content publishers and consumers," Ludwig wrote. He said that "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."

It's no small omission. As Ludwig explained, iPad users won't be able to "connect to Disney, Hulu, Miniclip, Farmville, ESPN, Kongregate, or JibJab, not to mention the millions of other sites on the Web" that use Flash."

Ludwig said Adobe is working with "more than 50" partners to help developers and content publishers bring their content to any device through the company's Open Screen Project. The goal, according to Ludwig, is for consumers to have "open access to their favorite interactive media, content, and applications across platform, regardless of the device that people choose to use."