Vancouver's Nitobi acquired by Adobe

by Rob Lewis | Business

Today at its MAX 2011 technology conference, Adobe Systems announced it is acquiring Vancouver-based Nitobi Software, the creator of PhoneGap.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

PhoneGap is an open source platform for quickly building cross-platform mobile applications with HTML5 and JavaScript. With PhoneGap, Adobe will be able to offer developers the choice of two solutions for cross-platform development of native mobile apps - one using HTML5 and JavaScript with PhoneGap and the other using Adobe Flash with Adobe AIR.

PhoneGap’s open source framework has been downloaded more than 600,000 times and thousands of applications built using PhoneGap are available in mobile app stores.

Nitobi was co-founded by Andre Charland and Dave Johnson - it was orginally called eBusiness Applications and rebranded Nitobi in 2006. Today's announcement states that Nitobi’s employees will be joining Adobe - no word on whether they will remain in Vancouver.

Turns our the recent KPMG study was right, US tech giants are looking to acquire Canadian companies.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Since 1997, Nitobi (formerly eBusiness Applications) has been providing Enterprise Solutions and web-based software components. With a focus on end-user experience, we're committed to changing the way Rich Internet Applications are built. By empowering developers and end-users with revolutionary user-interface components and technologies, better applications will be built that help users do... more

Seattle, Washington, United States

Adobe helps people and businesses communicate better through its world-leading digital imaging, design, and document technology platforms for consumers, creative professionals, and enterprises. Adobe’s platform-driven approach is focused on providing more complete and innovative solutions for each of its customer segments than ever before. With its digital imaging and digital video software... more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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