Steve Jobs and Adobe: A grudge of ages?

In opinion, tech on April 30, 2010 by karan Tagged: , , , ,

Steve Jobs is in the middle of the mother of all tech showdowns with Adobe over allowing Flash into the iPhone/iPad walled garden, even going to the effort of blocking a roundabout way of compiling Flash-assembled applications for the iPhone.

Yesterday he posted a reasoned argument pointing out why Flash won’t be allowed – critically, to attempt to position Apple as a reasonable party in this matter, Jobs emphasises Apple and Adobe’s past close relationship:

Apple has a long relationship with Adobe. In fact, we met Adobe’s founders when they were in their proverbial garage. Apple was their first big customer, adopting their Postscript language for our new Laserwriter printer. Apple invested in Adobe and owned around 20% of the company for many years. The two companies worked closely together to pioneer desktop publishing and there were many good times. Since that golden era, the companies have grown apart. Apple went through its near death experience, and Adobe was drawn to the corporate market with their Acrobat products.

This got me curious: the LaserWriter was launched in 1985, around the time Jobs left Apple. Apple then went through a near death experience before Jobs was brought back in 1997, and that was around the time Adobe went to the corporate (the unstated, insinuated “Windows” side) world to get some significant sales.

So what I want to know is: Is this a Jobs grudge playing out after 25 years? “Apple” might have worked closely with Adobe, but did Steve? Anyone got dates on this?


One Response to “Steve Jobs and Adobe: A grudge of ages?”

  1. It has long been my suspicion that Jobs wxpwcted Postscript to be exclusively controlled by Apple, and may have view Adobe’s expansion into other markets as a traitorous act.
    In addition to the various desktop Publishing products for Windows, Adobe licensed DPS (Display PostScript, enhanced forvideo monitors and graphics work stations), to Sun Microsystems, Sony and other manufactures of high-end graphics systems. During his hiatus from Apple, one of JObs’ projects was the Next Workstation which would have been in competition to the Sun Sparc systems, Sony NeWS and similar systems.

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