Adobe Resumes Development on iPhone Flash Tool

OREM, Utah — Adobe Systems has resumed development work on a tool called Packager for iPhone that lets developers make native iOS apps of Flash programs.

Packager of iPhone (which also covers the iPod Touch and iPad) was brought back into the mix after Apple relaxed its iOS develop rules this week, removing the restriction that had blocked Packager for iPhone applications for iPhone applications.

Apple this week also released a full package of App Store admission guidelines, including rules on adult-oriented material.

Adobe in April said it no longer would invest in iPhone-based Flash development after Apple put the brakes on private APIs and required apps to be written in Objective-C, C, C++ or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine.

But on Thursday, Adobe reversed course.

"This is great news for developers and we're hearing from our developer community that Packager apps are already being approved for the App Store," Adobe said. "We do want to point out that Apple's restriction on Flash content running in the browser on iOS devices remains in place.

"Adobe will continue to work to bring full web browsing with Flash Player 10.1 as well as standalone applications on Air to a broad range of devices, working with key industry partners including Google, HTC, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm/HP, Research In Motion, Samsung and others."