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Adobe & Apple Working Together

Posted by Sravan | June 16, 2008 .

While the net is abuzz with speculation that the new Apple iPhone 3G may be flash-enabled, an official confirmation came during Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference that Adobe and Apple are working together. Only, this is a very different project — a project to port the Mac OS X implementation of the Standard Widget Toolkit to Cocoa.

SWT is a cross-platform GUI tool that allows Java apps to have a native GUI on each supported platform, and Cocoa is Apple’s native object-oriented application programming environment for the Mac OS X operating system. SWT is currently implemented via Carbon on OS X, but Carbon isn’t supported by Apple’s latest version of 64-bit Mac OS X Leopard.

Although Scott Kovatch, a Senior Computer Scientist at Adobe, is leading the project, it is open source under the Eclipse Foundation. Interested developers can find and contribute to the code at the SWT Cocoa Port Page. The project might be included in Eclipse v3.5, indicating a June 2009 release, close to Apple’s release of Snow Leopard.

What’s in it for Adobe? Kovatch is working on a Flex Builder-related design tool called Thermo. Flex Builder’s IDE is based on Eclipse, Eclipse uses SWT for its GUI, therefore, Adobe has its interests in making sure it is 64-bit compatible.

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3 Comments so far
  1. Ben  June 16, 2008 1:27 pm

    I’m stupid, so could you explain what SWT has to do with Flash? Or does the first sentence of this article have nothing to do with the rest of it?

  2. DBX  June 16, 2008 3:12 pm

    Maybe Adobe and Apple could “work together” on things like:

    1) a CS3 installer that actually works, as opposed to tying up your computer for two hours and trashing your boot cache
    2) a peace treaty between Leopard and Indesign so that Indesign doesn’t keep crashing all the time
    3) a general effort to make sure that Leopard and CS3 get along better than, say, Windows and Outlook.

    In my dreams, at least.

  3. Sravan  June 16, 2008 8:53 pm

    I’m sorry if the sentence misled you, Ben. While the SWT project has been officially confirmed, and thus is the story that counts, the flash-enabled iPhone 3G is the hotter topic that involves Apple + Adobe right now. I felt that it could work as a good lead.

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