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Will Adobe Bring Flash Back to Life?

Considering the latest buzz generated by Adobe, this question can instigate interesting discussions. The topic of  However, many of you may be asking, has anything changed since then? Adobe has continued to take a leading role and work hard to embrace HTML5.

While HTML5 and Flash have been in the news with the launch of the iPad®, Apple has long argued that that Flash is not only unreliable and not secure, but it has low-performance, drains battery life, and does not keep up with web development progress.

However, according to Adobe, 85% of the most-visited web sites use Flash, 75% of web video is viewed using the Flash Player, 98% of enterprises rely on the Flash Player, and 70% of web games are developed in Flash. Moreover, in 2010, Flash has released version 10.1 as an answer to Apple’s HTML5 for hand held devices.

While Apple has been promoting HTML5 as an alternative to Flash for video and other content on the iOS, using performance-related rationale for not allowing the Flash runtime to be installed on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, Adobe has been consistently challenged to keep up:

  • Adobe released its own HTML5 video player toward the end of 2010.
  • The new versions of Adobe Illustrator and Dreamweaver CS5 already contain a number of HTML5 export tools
  • Adobe is turning its HTML5 attention to Flash with the release of Wallaby, a new Flash-to-HTML5 converter. Wallaby is an application from Adobe Labs which takes a FLA file and breaks it down into components and attempts to replicate its functionality in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, allowing developers to reuse and extend the reach of their content to devices that do not support the Flash runtimes.

Even with this latest news, Adobe admits that not all Flash Professional features are supported in the HTML5 format.

Many of us would like to know ultimately what direction Flash and HTML5 are going, but for the moment, it is clear that Flash is not going away anytime soon. Developers will always need choices and look for better or complementary technologies. And it isn’t about which to use specifically, but rather which works best for a particular website. And it could be Flash, Silverlight or Java.

It is not certain that HTML5 will be the answer everyone is looking for when developing a website, but it is clear that HTML5 is a state of the art web development technology.

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