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The move to Apple is tinged with a bit of irony considering the bad blood between the two companies.

Kevin Lynch

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch has been wooed away by Apple. CNBC first reported Tuesday that Lynch has been hired by Apple. His title will be VP of Technology, and he will be reporting to SVP of Technology Bob Mansfield, Apple confirmed to several outlets.

Adobe in a Monday SEC filing revealed that Lynch would leave the company. And in a statement to The Next Web, Adobe confirmed he is leaving March 22 to take the job at Apple.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lynch has been at Adobe since 2005 when the company acquired Macromedia. He is credited with the decision to develop early web publishing software Dreamweaver while at Macromedia.

The move to Apple is tinged with a bit of irony considering the historic bad blood between the two companies. In 2010, Steve Jobs posted his “Thoughts on Flash” regarding Adobe’s technology and its viability for mobile devices. Adobe publicly took exception to Apple’s claims; Lynch himself was a vocal defender of Flash — at one point he said, “The technology issue Apple has with us is not that our tech doesn’t work, it’s that it does work.” Still, just a couple years later,  Apple decisively won the battle.

This post was updated several times with background and to note Adobe’s confirmation that Lynch is leaving for Apple and his new role. It was also updated at 3:21 p.m. PT to correct that Dreamweaver was web publishing software, not desktop publishing software.

  1. So…Apple hires the Chief Technology Officer of the company whose technology their former CEO derided…interesting…bizarre, but interesting.

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  2. Lanny Heidbreder Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    Uhh, I don’t think Dreamweaver was ever “desktop publishing software”.

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out, it has been corrected.

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  3. The only reason Apple hates Flash is that the Apple software arm called Claris at the time was outbid by for the company that made a product called FutureSplash by Macromedia in 1996.

    Macromedia then took Flash and developed it into the powerful platform it became and Jobs was always a little pissed about this so he banned Flash from all iOS platforms and forced it out of the mobile market space as a result of Apples success with iOS products.

    Look it up if you don’t believe me and I remember going to those old MacWorlds and seeing how revolutionary the software was.

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    1. Apple didn’t hate flash, flash doesn’t work on mobile, never has and apple didn’t want flash on the iPhone full of securities holes wasting battery life.

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    2. I wouldn’t use such a strong statement as “The only reason …”. It just took any credibility out from you. It was already widely known in 2007 that Flash is unstable and consumes large power, making it unsuitable for use on mobile devices that had tiny batteries. These are the same reasons that Flash was dropped by all device manufacturers, not because Apple said so.

      If what Apple said has so much power, Android would not have survived till today. People and companies bet with good technology, not what anyone or any company said.

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  4. I have a bad feeling about this hire. I can’t put my finger on it, but this seems wrong. Browlett all over again…the guy (Lynch) just made to many stupid comments about Apple.
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