My thoughts on the state and future of Flash on the web.
I was asked about my thoughts on the whole Flash: Dead or Alive debate this weekend by someone. I gave my opinions and findings as best as I could, unfortunately misquoting about IOS and Flash (I was led to believe their was support finally, but alas Adobe made a work around). This question made me think very hard on the subject. Is Flash dead? Or is it dying? Or is it just dormant and actually relevant in the world today whether desktop or mobile? So I will begin to explain my findings and my thoughts on the subject.
I have always been partial to Flash and Actionscript 2.0/3.0. I find that the media built with this technology is beyond fascinating and truly pushes the envelope of form and function. I used to be so enthralled with the technology that I would buy and read any book on the subject to tap into the powerful potential it would unlock for me in my own software creation. But eventually I became too busy with school or work to really focus my attention on the subject, but I always kept a place in my heart for Adobe’s (once Macromedia’s) animation tool set.
incredible amazing displays of Flash use. So why is the debate that Flash is dead being propagated throughout the web?
HTML 5 / CSS3 Yay! and the Emperor Says NO!
So these are the big three reasons folks are calling for Flash’s head technology wise, now to the Emperor’s decree. In 2010 Apple finally says no to having Flash be put on its hot selling Iphone and upcoming Iphone 4G with Steve Jobs giving a slew of reasons why Flash basically sucks and HTML5 is the wave of the future. One of their reasons is that Flash kills the battery life, please really? Some of those apps on my phone drain my battery more than running a Flash website to get information. Personally I think it is because Apple is proprietary and Adobe is proprietary and lets face it Apple loves pounding its’ chest and letting the world know how “innovative” it is.
My Final Words: Lock up the Wolves
I agree that HTML5 is a much better alternative to Flash for video but for animation and media HTML5 can’t hold a candle. Flash is and always will be the king of extremely rich media delivery to the web