Adobe evangelist: 'Go screw yourself Apple'

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12 Apr, 2010

The Apple versus Adobe battle has hotted up after the iPhone maker banned Flash from its products.

One Adobe employee isn't taking Apple's latest snub lightly, telling the iPhone firm: "Go screw yourself."

Writing purely in a personal capacity on the official Flash blog, platform evangelist Lee Brimelow was responding to Apple's recent move to block the Adobe software from its iPhone and iPad.

"What they are saying is that they won’t allow applications onto their marketplace solely because of what language was originally used to create them," he wrote. "This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe."

Brimelow claimed that even Apple developers had to disagree with the move. "Any real developer would not in good conscience be able to support this," he said. "The trouble is that we will never hear their discontent because Apple employees are forbidden from blogging, posting to social networks, or other things that we at companies with an open culture take for granted."

Despite his evident anger, Brimelow noted that Apple and Adobe have helped each other get where they both are today, and said his firm's desire to move Flash onto the Apple platform had nothing to do with killing off another system.

He also noted that Adobe was not planning to pull its Creative Suite from the Mac platform, saying "this is something that Adobe would never consider in a million years."

Brimelow said he personally wouldn't spend "another cent" on Apple until the leadership changes, but said he's not trying to organise a boycott.

"Me deciding not to give money to Apple is not going to do anything to their bottom line. But this is equivalent to me walking into Macy’s to buy a new wallet and the salesperson spits in my face," he explained. "Chances are I won’t be buying my wallets at Macy’s anymore, no matter how much I like them."

In case that all wasn't clear enough, he ended with: "Go screw yourself Apple."

Brimelow clearly wasn't looking for any response from the usually vocal Apple supporters, adding: "Comments disabled as I’m not interested in hearing from the Cupertino Comment SPAM bots."

Read on for more about the battle between Apple and Adobe over Flash.