The name of the new tool announced this week comes from the personal experience of the lead engineer for the project, Dalia Ackner - who came to Australia last year in July to visit her daughter, who was on a one-year job transfer to Sydney.
In a statement, Ackner recollected at that time she had traveled to see Uluru and Kakadu Park where - she said - she was impressed by the variety and uniqueness of animals and birds. So when the time came to name Adobe's new application, that Down Under vacation offered her an idea.
'Hence a list of unique Australian animal names came to my mind when we had to quickly find a name,' she said. 'Wallaby was attractive to us because it was easy enough to spell and pronounce, and mainly because it represented leaping bounds - from Flash to HTML5.'
The US company said the Wallaby was an 'initial' version of the technology, adding the focus is to 'do the best job possible' to convert graphical content along with complex, timeline-based animation to HTML5 in a format that can be accessed through browsers using a Webkit rendering engine.
'This allows you to reuse and extend the reach of your content to devices that do not support the Flash runtimes,' Adobe said. However, at the moment the only supported Webkit browsers are Chrome and Safari on OS X, Windows, and iOS for iPad, iPhone and iPod.