Shantanu Narayen to step down as CEO
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Shantanu Narayen to step down as CEO

    1. Peter Elst
    2. Petition by

      Peter Elst

      London, United Kingdom

The announcements on November 9th 2011 around Flash Platform technology - and the way in which communication happened - have caused irrefutable damage to developers and stakeholders worldwide.

As CEO, Shantanu Narayen has shown a complete disregard for customers and his lack of leadership has resulted in widespread chaos and uncertainty.

It is time for Adobe to move on under a new CEO and regain the trust of its user base and community.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Marc Wensauer CUXHAVEN, GERMANY
      • almost 3 years ago

      I hope that Adobe will continue to develop FC and FB Design view !

    • Santosh Shanbhag ST LOUIS, MO
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have lost my credibility at work. I worked hard convincing management and architects that Flex is the future of application development across all devices/screens. I got them to agree and we developed quite a few applications. Now no one trusts my opinion any more. Adobe has let down the entire enterpirise community creating massive chaos.

    • Hari Nair MILFORD, CT
      • almost 3 years ago

      No clear cut vision of the future! Has Adobe/CEO ever thought of the the accessible solutions that are provided using flash? Has Adobe/CEO ever thought of the market share they are owning? I have been with flash while it was owned by Macromedia and then later acquired by Adobe. Then I moved to Flex platform which is more robust in every sense of programming world. HTML 5 is not going to be a killer in any near future, because there is a dreath of developers & it not being standard. But Adobe is not like that - it has presence in image (photoshop), web (flash - read infinite number of online games!), web applications (flex), video (flv), 3D (creative suite).. and the list is endless. Why Adobe/CEO has taken such a drastic step or comment where the whole world is against it? Go with the flow otherwise Adobe will become something that the next generation will hear through books and et al. Is CEO, Shantanu afraid of HTML5 () or Apple (I have come across numerous occassion where people say f-words, because they are not able to view a video posted on youtube or facebook etc, through iphone!)?

      A few facts:

      * You do not build a web site in Flash. The only way to build a website is to use HTML pages, and then to embed Flash elements in them.

      * Flash as been around for more than 12 years. It is a de facto standard for the publishing industry. (No Flash = no advanced features in banners).

      * HTML5 does not officially exist (yet). Rather, it’s a specification in working draft, scheduled for publication in 2014.

      * Less than half of installed browsers are HTML5 compliant, with different levels of compliance.

      * The video element in HTML5 is perfect for basic video players, but Flash and Silverlight are much more suitable for advanced video feature (streaming, caption, interactive features and miscellaneous video effects).


    • Ashwinee Dash TRIVANDRUM, INDIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Could have been handled in a better manner since adoption of technology/ abandonment of technology should not be detected by corporations but users and ultimately consumers.

    • Björn Böttjer BREMEN, GERMANY
      • almost 3 years ago

      I love Flash.

      I ever loved Flash.

      I bought the complete Creative Suite with only Flash in the mind.

      But now all the people around me are starting to talk to me, why I still believe in Flash since the Player isn't beeing developed anymore. Telling them that this is not the truth has no effect. This way I'm loosing customers. No way for me.

      The CEO has to be replaced in 1st place,

      the 2nd step would be to opensource Flashplayer. That would change everything.


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