“Opera has joined in the argument over Flash, with the company telling TechRadar that they will support Flash for the time being, but that the company needs to start embracing web standards if it doesn’t want to come under constant attack,” Patrick Goss reports for TechRadar UK.
“Opera’s product analyst Phillip Grønvold believes that support for Flash is critical at the current time, but that times are changing fast as HTML5 moves closer,” Goss reports. “‘Flash does have its purposes and will have its purposes, the same as [Microsoft’s] Silverlight and others, especially for dynamic content,’ Grønvold said. ‘But flash as a video container makes very little sense for CPU, WiFi battery usage etcetera – you can cook an egg on [devices] once you start running Flash on them and there’s a reason for that.'”
Goss reports, “…It is clear that the web giants are not rushing to defend Adobe from the might of Apple, and that in itself speaks volumes.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Hey, maybe Apple should offer Flash for iPad: A portable glass-top skillet could be quite useful on camping trips or for whipping up a quick breakfast on the commuter train. Seriously, think about it: Ice fishermen could use their iPads to melt their fishing holes, warm their hands, and cook pancakes. iPad with Flash, a Multi-Touch™ Web-surfing hot plate. The possibilities are endless – even if the battery life wouldn’t be.
Note to advertisers: (including those who advertise via third-party ad networks and become, in effect, our advertisers): Your Flash-based ads are no longer reaching the most well-heeled customers online: 50+ million iPhone owners. They’re also not hitting 35+ million iPod touch users or 1+ million brand new iPad users. If you care about reaching people with discretionary income, you might want to consider dumping your flash-based ads and moving to a more open format that people with money and the will to spend it can actually see.
Help kill Adobe’s Flash:
• Ask MarketWatch to offer HTML5 video via the customer support web form here.
• Ask CNBC to offer HTML5 video via the customer support web form here.
• Contact Hulu and ask them to offer HTML5 video via email:
• Ask ESPN360 to offer HTML5 video instead Flash via their feedback page here.
• Join YouTube’s HTML5 beta here.
• On Vimeo, click the “Switch to HTML5 player” link below any video.
By the way, do not buy Adobe’s Photoshop Elements until you have tried Pixelmator’s free 30-day trial. We use Pixelmator daily. Educational pricing is available, too!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “TheMightyFinder” for the heads up.]