Monday, April 12, 2010

Apple Outlaws All Animation Tools

It just occurred to me that if you are an artist who wants to make animation for the iPhone, Apple's new rules mean you can't. Not only is Flash, the best frame-by-frame animation creation tool out there, made illegal, but so is any other tool, past or future, that is designed for this purpose.

Is this getting crazy or what?

So now Steve has this new iAds platform. How does he expect artists and designers to create content. Perhaps art school graduates all now need course work in Objective-C?

10 comments:

  1. That is a GREAT point! I have a friend at Pratt in Brooklyn who I mentioned this to, and she promptly nearly had a stroke.

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  2. I can understand the criticism that Apple is taking for its "new rules" but this one is silly. If all you're creating is an animation then why does it need to be an app? Why not just a movie. If all you're creating is an animation and making it an app, then yes, this is the kind of shovelware that Apple is trying to prevent.

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  3. @Brian

    Because these days, animation is likely to have some form of interactivity. This is particularly the case with the iAds concept steve is trying to promote. If I as an animator cant have a creative slightly interactive idea, and turn that into an ad because I cant code in C, that seems to me to be a problem. Ads should not need to be authored in C.

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  4. Creatives should use HTML5/JS, I guess... I like that, although I don't like the restrictions Apple imposes.

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  5. 'illegal' - easy tiger, its against Apples rules but law is a different matter :-)

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  6. @rob.

    hmm... your a little literal aren't you? Do you really think I meant that apple has legislative powers?

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  7. You call yourself a developer and you couldn't figure out that iAds uses Html?

    Wow.

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  8. Thanks for your blog, Hank. An island in a sea of somewhat clueless and very opinionated Mac bloggers. The arguments being brought to the table from that corner remind me a bit of the hilarity when that guy at roughly drafted came up with: "You can't use Flash on the iPhone because there's no cursor".

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  9. I know i'm late but I also wanted to say thanks. It's refreshing to come across a blog that doesn't follow Jobs blindly like sheep to the slaughter.

    If these people would get their head's out of job's ass they'd realize that HTML5/JS is not a substitute for flash, despite what their deity says.

    Anyway, once again... thank you.

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  10. You can hand-code HTML5. Yeah, that's efficient.

    I've taken Steve Job's advice: I just bought a phone powered by Android.

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