Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jott Express requires Adobe AIR. That's bad.

Jott Express doesn't say whether it's an OS X or XP app.

That's because it's neither; it's an Adobe AIR app.

Of course that means installing Adobe AIR on OS X*.

I've installed a few Adobe apps on OS X. Near as I can tell, Adobe is determined to destroy Apple. Adobe's installers routinely screw up OS X permissions, scatter files in illegal place, and generally act like drunken football hooligans.

Jott Express is also supposed to sync directly with an iPhone/iTouch. That's really piling the risk on.

I ain't installing AIR until I read some trusted source who's had a really good experience. I'd sooner invite Hell's Angels to dinner than Adobe products to my OS X box.

* In terms of cross-platform portable virtual environments there aren't a lot of great choices. Desktop Java is walking dead, Silverlight is from Microsoft, and ... well ... I think that's it.

2 comments:

blueclock said...

I don't have any problems with AIR on XP, OS X or Ubuntu. As for Adobe being out to destroy Apple, who would be left to buy CS4?

John Gordon said...

Thanks blueclock, that helps!

I'm half-joking when I say Adobe is trying to destroy Apple. It's just that, in my experience, their software is so ill-behaved one must assume either incompetence or malign intent.

Of course, sadly, incompetence is the more likely explanation. I image Adobe has a very strong app group, but they outsourced their installation and QA to an incompetent company.