Adobe taking 10% of developers earnings on iOS games published using Director 12

Adobe has recently updated their end-user agreement for their Director 12 software and it comes with one startling change: Adobe is now demanding 10% of the applications's revenue, if it exceeds $20,000. The recently updated software will allow anyone to directly publish iOS apps to the App Store, while retaining a powerful workflow. Developers in Adobe's forums are none to pleased with the 10% cut, with comments such as "It's preposterous. I will never agree to this" and "Congratulations, Adobe. It's not like you've had much interest in supporting Director in recent years anyway. Looks like you get your wish for it to disappear completely."

Others note that Adobe has neglected Director over the past 8 years, which makes the sudden interest surprising - and the 10% cut even more shocking. One developers notes that some apps created run "from [a] barely usable slow to extremely uselessly laggy [slow]." One user went as far as saying: "I don't have any intention of buying anything from Adobe ever again."

Adobe does outline their plans, but it does not excuse the blatant exploitation of developers who are already handing over 30% to Apple. Apple provides Xcode for free on any Mac which allows the user to create applications specifically for iOS or OS X. Why any one would choose Adobe's solution over Xcode is beyond me, and many developers. 

Here is the legal jargon from Adobe on the matter: 

PAYMENT FOR PAID IOS APPS. WITH RESPECT TO EACH PAID IOS APP, CUSTOMER SHALL PAY ADOBE 10% OF THE REVENUE PAID BY APPLE INC. AND / OR ITS AFFILIATE(S) TO CUSTOMER IN RELATION TO SUCH PAID IOS APP IN A QUARTER (“Adobe Revenue Share”). NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, CUSTOMER SHALL NOT HAVE ANY OBLIGATION TO PAY ADOBE ANY SHARE OF AN INITIAL REVENUE OF USD 20,000 THAT IS PAID BY APPLE INC. AND / OR ITS AFFILIATE TO CUSTOMER FOR AN IOS APP. IN THE EVENT THE CUSTOMER CONVERTS AN IOS APP TO A PAID IOS APP, THE CONDITIONS APPLICABLE FOR PAID IOS APPS AS SET OUT IN THIS SUPPLEMENTAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS SHALL APPLY TO SUCH CONVERTED PAID IOS APP. IF THE CUSTOMER IS NOT AGREEABLE TO THE TERMS SET OUT IN THIS CLAUSE, CUSTOMER MAY NOT USE THE SOFTWARE.

Source: Adobe Forums

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