Adobe to discontinue FlashPaper
Adobe have announced plans to immediately discontinue the development of FlashPaper:
After careful consideration and analysis of both the marketplace and customer feedback, Adobe plans to discontinue new feature development for FlashPaper. The demand has continually declined to where it is no longer economically viable for Adobe to continue development support for FlashPaper.
They will continue to sell and support FlashPaper 2, but they do not intend to update it in the future — which is bad news for Windows Vista and IE7 users — since the current version of FlashPaper does not support those platforms.
It’s also bad news for a number of online document publishing websites like Docstoc and edocr who utilize FlashPaper to display documents online — though I’m told that some these companies were anticipating Adobe’s announcement and have made subsequent plans as a result.
Although some once touted FlashPaper as a PDF-killer, it never really fulfilled it’s promise in that regard. And, as you can imagine, any lingering PDF-killer thoughts, were quickly laid to rest when Adobe acquired Macromedia in 2005.
So what comes next? Who will step into this void and provide us with a way to embed documents in our web pages? My bet is on iPaper.