Adobe is telling people to stop using Flash

“Adobe is finally ready to say goodbye to Flash,” Jacob Kastrenakes reports for The Verge. “In an announcement last night, Adobe said that it will now ‘encourage content creators to build with new web standards,’ such as HTML5, rather than Flash. It’s also beginning to deprecate the Flash name by renaming its animation app to Animate CC, away from Flash Professional CC.”

“Flash has been slowly dying over the past decade, in part due to an absence of support on smartphones [read “iPhones” and add “iPads” and “iPod touches,” too – MDN Ed.] and in part because it’s kind of become a scourge of the internet,” Kastrenakes reports. “Adobe is by no means doing away with Flash — that’s ultimately up to web developers. Instead, this announcement is more an acknowledgement of reality. ”

Kastrenakes reports, “HTML5 has been taking Flash’s place as the go-to tool for animation and interactivity; it’s an all-around better choice, and it’s an open standard.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take:

Flash must die.MacDailyNews, February 5, 2010

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    1. Now that Adobe has retired the Flash tools and release HTML5 Tools, the conversion should go much quicker now.. Developers have no excuse now other than the work & cost to convert sites that are heavily Flash based.

  1. The Web killed Flash. Flash started out as a great tool for building cross platform capable multimedia presentations. In fact, after you ignore all the “web centric” aspects, it still is. A single development environment that can deploy to Mac AND Windows with the same functionality and viewer experience. Maybe Adobe could strip out the Web stuff and make a true competitor to PowerPoint and Keynote?

    1. I wrote an email to the BBC about Flash and asked them to change to HTML5. The answer back was surprising: they were going to be transitioning soon. I have even seen a BBC article asking if it was time to move from Flash to new standards. (this was about 2 months ago that I wrote to them)

  2. Now if only Javascript would die a quick painful death.

    I have to turn off Javascript in Safari on my iPad to make it useable, otherwise it takes forever to load ads that wash over my screen and make my interface non responsive.

  3. Probably 95% of flash-based content out there is various embedded video with some pre-packaged, flash-based player wrapper. In other words, vast majority of it is essentially easily replaceable with HTML5 solutions.

    The remaining 5% are full, out-right applications (large swaths of children’s sites with interactive games). This is an industry that won’t go away, and that simply can’t migrate to HTML5, since they need a proper development environment, and HTM5 isn’t one.

    The one benefit of Flash was that it brought a pretty advanced programming language with a healthy feature set and true and complete cross-platform transparency. This is its curse too; in order to be truly cross-platform, it had to support only the lowest common denominator across platforms. All those Mac-only features that Apple kept bringing out in OSX after OSX were necessarily ignored, as they couldn’t be replicated on any other platform.

    Migrating to HTML5 will be great for all those sites that use Flash as window dressing. Migrating online games to an alternative platforms, whichever they may be, is going to be a serious challenge.

  4. Adobe is telling people to stop using Flash

    No. Wishful thinking. Great idea! But sorry. Flash lives on in Adobe Animate. Flash’s grave has not yet been dug, much as I have offered to help dig it.

    What happened instead: Adobe has embraced HTML5. About bloody time, the mangy curs.

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