Adobe gives Apple a piece of its group mind

The chief technology officer of Adobe has hit back at Steve Jobs and Apple after an unseemly company conversation became public knowledge.

Well hit back is perhaps too strong, because the response to Apple’s accusations is expressed in a very gentlemanly fashion.

Steve Jobs said in a tirade against Google and Adobe that Adobe was lazy and claimed Apple didn’t support Flash because it was too buggy.

Kevin Lynch, the CTO of Adobe, said that Flash was originally designed for pen computing markets. “Some have been surprised at the lack of inclusion of Flash Player on a recent magical device,” he said. But Flash took off because of the net and has enabled the video revolution on the Web.

Lynch said that over 85 percent of the top web sites contain Flash content and it runs on over 98 percent of computers connected to the web.

He said Adobe was ready to deliver Flash Player 10.1 for smartphones with “all but one” of the top manufacturers including it. Those include Google Android, the Blackberry, Nokia and Palm Pre. Those don’t include the iPhone.