Adobe is still trying to sneak Flash into Apple’s walled gardens, this time through a more compromising approach that may be a little harder for Jobs and co to boot out.
No, Apple did not suddenly wake up on the right side of the bed and embrace Flash into its arms. It is still an unwanted redheaded stepchild in Cupertino’s quarters. However, Adobe is not about to throw in the towel just yet, as it’s just released a new tool called ‘Wallaby’ that converts Flash files into the Apple-friendly HTML5 on the fly, giving iOS users a chance finally see what those blank areas of web pages really are (mostly ads), while the rest of us just get on with it.
According to the software maker’s site: "Wallaby" is the codename for an experimental technology that converts the artwork and animation contained in Adobe Flash Professional (FLA) files into HTML.
“Wallaby is not a final product and is still in the testing and validation phase. We are not yet able to commit to a roadmap for this experimental technology.”
From what we can gather, this still requires developers to create an alternative version of their web pages to display the converted HTML5 files. So it won’t run natively on an iPhone or iPad and may not quite provide the same functionality as intended in original Flash file.
That said, if it works as advertised it should significantly reduce the amount of workload involved and perhaps even allow both formats to co-exist until a more harmonious middle ground can be found.
You can download Wallaby for free here - http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/wallaby.html