October 27, 2010

Eye-roll o’ the day

In response to Adobe demoing a new HTML5 authoring/animation tool, I’ve seen a few comments like this:

“Adobe could have been pioneering this about 6 years ago, but better late than never!”

Here’s the thing, guys: I came to Adobe ten years ago specifically to build a Web-standards-based animation tool, LiveMotion, because we were told that ubiquitous browser support for SVG & more was right around the corner.  And even before that, Macromedia and Adobe had both deployed timelines (in Dreamweaver and GoLive) for animating with JavaScript, DHTML, SMIL, etc.  Point is, some of us have been working for a long time to make things better, and it’s nice to see browsers* making such efforts more viable.

So, please excuse me if I get a little peevish in response to some of the righteous finger-wagging.  Thanks for your understanding.

*By the way, speaking of finger-wagging, Adobe isn’t just waiting for browsers to get better. More on that in a bit.

Posted by John Nack at 3:19 PM on October 27, 2010
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