Flash Professional is offically back in the game as an iPhone app-development tool - and opens the way for iPad-specific apps to be created too. Yesterday Apple's announced that it's now allowing apps created using third-party tools onto its iTunes App Store, and now Adobe has confirmed that apps created in its interactive design tool will create apps that will pass Apple's stringest approval process.

After the announcement, an Adobe spokesperson told us that, "We are encouraged to see Apple lifting its restrictions on its licensing terms, giving developers the freedom to choose what tools they use to develop applications for Apple devices."

Now Adobe has posted a blog entry that says "the feature is available for developers to use today in Flash Professional CS5, and we will now resume development work on this feature for future releases."

An iPad-specific packager is likely to be first on many interactive designer's list of feature requests.