Adobe Flash Faces Extinction by HTML5 - Even Adobe Admits It
Adobe Systems has dabbed in HTML5, tried it, resisted it, fought it, but now Adobe has taken the plunge and engaged it with the public release of a preview of HTML5 software called 'Eg' Edge.
For years, Adobe was the leader in fancy animation and other stuff that enhanced boring HTML on the Web with its Flash Player.
This was a browser plug-in installed on virtually every computer that many people loved and many people loathed for being too slow.
Flash had the ability to stream video, provide text to sound capability, play animated games, provide catchy animated introductions for many web site - that were impressive but slow - live them or hate them flash was everywhere.
But many companies started to gang up on Flash and Apple refused to install it on the iPhone and iPad claiming it was out of date. You can install a version of flash on iPhone4, but the writing was on the wall for flash.
In a sense HTML has got a lot richer and has expanded capabilities that have caught up with Flash and soon this addon will not be needed anymore. Apple refused to allow flash to be installed on iPhones, though it was allowede on Android devices.
Adobe plans to release Edge in 2012 with the feature schedule shown below:
Some of the items yet to be completed include:
- Greater variety of shapes than just rounded-corner rectangles and standard rectangles.
- Actions that are triggered by events.
- Better support for HTML5's Canvas tags, which are standard for 2D drawing and graphics and linking Canvas with SVG animation.
The software itself has a WebKit-based browser. A timeline below the logo allows designers to develop and set events, add effects to different objects by copying and pasting , and make other scheduling changes for the webpage.
Adobe is keen for customers not to regard it as being beghind the times with Flash and to overcome the skepticism and criticism it has faced in the market and to promote itself as a market leader with real software (though still in development) rather than all the talk about Flash.
The aims of the development of Edge were stated by Adobe:
You can try Edge here.
© 2011 Dr. John Anderson
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