Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen has said that the dispute with Apple over Flash has ended.
Apple changed its developer programme licence last year to restrict Flash, a move that chief executive Steve Jobs claimed was technology based.
A war of words then broke out between Apple and Adobe, but Narayen has suggested that the problem is solved now that Flash can be ported to iOS. However, he insisted that technology was not the issue.
"I think it's become fairly clear to a lot of people that it isn't about the technology, it's a business model issue. It's the control of the applications and the App Store that's really at issue here," he told the All Things Digital conference.
"When you have a platform, and Apple has certainly done a wonderful job at having a platform that's the leader in a new category, it's all about the applications that you can run on that platform that make it come to life."
Java on the iPad faced similar issues, according to Narayen, and applications such as Kindle may run into problems. But now that iOS users can run Flash as a standalone application in an Adobe Air window, the problem is solved.
Furthermore, Narayen said that Adobe is actively helping to develop HTML5 by contributing its fonts and typographical expertise. Flash is a small part of Adobe's overall business, he explained, and the company is focused on selling application tools as well as solutions.
Looking ahead, Narayen said that Adobe will get more involved in digital publishing, and that he sees significant opportunities in porting Adobe applications to tablet and smartphone platforms.
Narayen pointed out that the average smartphone platform today has more computing performance than a PC when Adobe Photoshop was first released on that platform.
There will be 20 new tablets out this year, and a plethora of new smartphone designs that will make using the software easy.
"Our community is going to create concepts on these devices," he said. "You can already do an image touch-up on the tablet and synchronise it with your desktop. It'll make these not just consumption, but productivity devices."
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