Friday, November 18, 2011

Is Desktop Flash Fading Away?

Last week, Adobe announced that it was abandoning mobile Relevant Products/Services Flash. Now, two new developments raise questions about whether desktop Relevant Products/Services Flash will eventually suffer a similar fate.

Adobe has submitted the code for its Flex framework, which is based on Flash, to the Apache Software Foundation. Flex, a Software Development Kit that is used to build cross-platform Rich Internet Applications for browser-based Flash as well as standalone apps Relevant Products/Services, is expected to be managed by the Apache Foundation as a new, open-source project. The SDK has been an open-source project, but under Adobe's management. The Apache Foundation still needs to vote on whether to make Flex a formal project.

HTML5 'Best Technology' for Enterprise

On its Official Flex Team Blog, Adobe Flex Product Manager Deepa Subramaniam wrote in the past week that the company was still committed to Flex, but that "the technology landscape for application Relevant Products/Services development is rapidly changing."

Over the long term, Subramaniam said, "HTML5 will be the best technology for enterprise Relevant Products/Services application development."

In its announcement last week, Adobe said it would no longer develop mobile Flash, and would focus on tools and related technology for HTML5. HTML5 does not require a browser plug-in, as Flash does, for browsers supporting the standards-based technology.

In the announcement on its Adobe Blogs, Interactive Development Vice President and General Manager Danny Winokur wrote that his company "will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work on new mobile device Relevant Products/Services configurations."

In his statement, Winokur noted that HTML5 is now supported on all major mobile devices, "in some cases exclusively" -- a reference to Apple's devices, where Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs decreed that HTML5 was superior to Flash. HTML5, Winokur added, is "the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across multiple platforms."

Long for This World?

The company is continuing to invest in Flash development for Macs and PCs, and work is continuing on Flash Player 12.

Meanwhile, Google announced this week that it will issue an extension for the Adobe Flash Professional developer tool, that will allow developers to publish to HTML5 directly from Adobe Flash Professional in one click. The new extension is based on its Swiffy tool, released in June, which converted only Flash SWF files to HTML5. (continued...)

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