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RipCode: We'll bring Flash to iPad

US software company RipCode claims to have developed a transactional transcoding technology that can bring Flash compatibility to Apple's tablet PC

A US software company claims to have devised a way of bringing Flash compatibility to Apple's iPad.

RipCode reckons its TransAct Transcoder V6 'Flash video codec' captures requests for Flash content, transcodes that content in the cloud and then transparently passes it back to the iPad in a format the device can understand. In the simplest terms, it's a bloody clever Flash-to-MP4-or-MPEG-TS converter that works on the fly.

Apparently, the TransAct Transcoder V6 is compatible with audio, as well as video files with resolutions ranging from QVGA all the way up to 1080p. It's able to deliver its content in a range of iPad-compatible formats, including QuickTime, MP4 Progressive Download and Apple's MPEG-TS Adaptive Progressive Download. It can also deliver content in the RTSP and Silverlight formats, which are currently blocked on the Apple device.

We've yet to see the TransAct Transcoder V6 in action, and we've not been told exactly how the technology will be enabled on the iPad, but it all sounds pretty plausible. All that remains to be seen is how quickly Apple will put a stop to it. The minute we know more, so will you.