To say that there was a fair bit of sensationalism, gloating, and word twisting in the tech media last week about Adobe and Flash just might be the understatement of the year. After reading some of the articles, I fully expected to see complementary photos of thugs in balaclavas burning Adobe flags and stomping on retail boxes of Flash Professional.
Fortunately reports of the death of Flash have been greatly exaggerated. Here are some clarifying points I’ve learned the last couple of days:
- Flash is alive and well. It will be receiving continued improvements for desktop web apps and mobile apps (don’t forget, Adobe Touch apps are built on the Flash Platform. You better believe the Flash Platform will continue to improve).
- If mobile companies so desire, they can license future versions of the Flash Player and compile it for their devices (such is the case for RIM, makers of the Playbook).
- We can still develop for Flash Player 11.1 which will continue to be available for mobile devices that support Flash. Don’t forget that mobile devices don’t even come close to the power and performance of laptops and desktop computers. Your content will need to be optimized for these devices.
- The preferred method for deploying content to mobile devices is creating apps (which both Flash Professional and Flash Builder can create) or using HTML5.
From an educational perspective, Flash has been an indispensable technology allowing us to create highly interactive, highly engaging content. As mobile device use increases with our target audiences, we will need to adapt to bring optimized experiences to those users. Fortunately, we still have options.
For more information from the source about Flash and HTML5 at Adobe please see the following articles:
- Danny Winokur’s article on Adobe’s Flash and HTML5 Announcements
- Some Thoughts on Flash and Devices by Ben Forta
- Clarifications on Flash Player for Mobile Browsers, the Flash Platform, and the Future of Flash by Mike Chambers
- Your Questions about Flex by Andrew Shorten & Deepa Subramaniam