With the latest version of iLife Apple released its new .mac web gallery, a very overdue updated to it’s .mac service which tries to catch up with the likes of Flickr and Picassa.
New features include a host of browsing methods similar to those in Leopard and iLife, and apple have stuck to their no Flash policy, well at least they have tried.
When I saw the keynote I was amazed by the carousel view which looked a bit like the dock or cover flow, and I was intrigued to see how they had done this without using Flash, unfortunately they hadn’t, and a quick right click confirmed this.
However I feel the main reason for the lack of flash IS accessibility, but not in the sense of user accessibility but system accessibility. The iPhone has no flash support, and hence developing the system in Flash would have rendered it useless on their “internet navigator”, hardly a great PR stunt.
So I guess in the end it came down to having their hands tied, they have done quite a good job without using it, but I would love to see what Apple would get up to if they embraced Flash, and now it’s going the way of open source, perhaps they will…