Flash is not Dead!

19 04 2010

There has been lots of talk recently about how the interactive program Flash is starting to decline. Apple’s iPhone, and more recent iPad, are notorious for their rejection of Flash, not allowing Flash applications to run on their mobile platforms.

Is this a personal stab at the Adobe program? Or just a technological issue? Or maybe a mix of the two?  Maybe Steve Jobs has a personal vendetta against Flash (not unlike many of my classmates). There are rumors that Flash is glitchy, and can crash programs and browsers. Maybe, but as a Flash advocate, I don’t believe it.

But, as the commercial says, everything that [the iPhone] doesn’t, Droid does… the Google-run smart-phone, as well as other smart-phones, will run Flash applications. And Flash is also popping up on less conventionally interactive medium, television.

Syabas Technology recently created the new Popbox, a set-top box that brings Internet content and applications to your television. This includes some entertainment sites that utilize Flash, as well as Flash-based apps and games that can be developed by third-party vendors.

Another point worth mentioning is the general migration of video content from the television to the Internet. Hulu.com has grown rapidly over the past year or so, providing full length TV shows and movies with only minor commercial interruptions, and, most importantly, all free. But good luck checking out Hulu on your iPhone…because Hulu runs its videos on Flash.

Adobe is also working to bridge that gap between Flash and mobile smart-phones. The soon-to-be-released Adobe CS5 offers ways to export and publish games and apps that are ready to go for smart-phones. Welcome to the mobile world, Flash!

Flash seems to have many enemies… Everyone at Apple, HTML 5 developers, frustrated students, etc… But Flash keeps fighting back, finding some way to show up on each of our various screens. Viva la Flash!




4 responses

28 04 2010

Interesting topic. I think the backlash against Flash isn’t so much about bugs in the program as it is opposition to proprietary software serving as a “barrier” to an open source web. To run Flash you need the Flash player. To create it you need to buy the program. Web purists would rather have a standard html system of code anyone can read and write, one that can still be read in 1,000 years no matter what software corporations go out of business.

All that said, I still enjoy Flash’s interface and how much easier it makes the process of creating dynamic web pages. Hopefully Adobe comes up with a new program that makes it easy to write the new code found in HTML5. Those of us weened on Flash should be able to figure it out, and the web community won’t push back

29 04 2010

Steve Jobs just posted his thoughts on Flash. Makes some interesting points, although it seems hypocritical for Apple to champion open source

5 05 2010

Long live flash. I am an avid flash user and developer. I do not agree with apple and thank God for android. I will continue to develop in flash and action script 3.

5 05 2010

Most people who are negative against flash I believe is due to three reasons. One, people are cheap skates and don’t want to pay for the program. Two, they fail to understand AS3 so they want open code to steal and use on their own. Three, they will follow apple on whatever they say cause they are like sheep. Flash is great hands down.

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