Is Flash Dead- How the iPad & iPhone Killed Flash

06-07-2010 at 12:00 AM
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I started off my design/multimedia career as a flash designer before I ever learned to build websites. Back in those days, flash was all the rage, and a lot of people couldn't wait to push the bounderies and see what I could really do.

But like everything else on the Internet, it grew and evolved. But despite it gaining market dominance as the best web animation software, in the last year or so it's really ran into a few huge road blocks. The biggest of which comes from the ever popular iPhone and new iPad. These amazing little devices seem to be able to do just about anything, except for show flash content on a website. Apple has blocked the release of the flash plugin on these devices, claiming that it sucks too much power and has too many bugs. To me this sounds more like polotics then a real technolgy limitation.

But the dye is cast and now we all have to live with the consequences. See, the new popularity of mobile devices is so wide-spread and so imporant that not being supported is most likely the kiss of death for our beloved Flash. Many websites are now racing to remove flash content and replace it with iPhone/iPad compatable AJAX/JQUERY based animation. As a long time flash supporter, I hate to say it, but I have to agree. If it impacts the usabilty or user experince your visitors, then flash has to go. I personally recommend avioding flash based animation and content to my clients as much as possible. There are many javascript/AJAX based alternatives that can still give very nice results. And they certainly look a lot nicer on a mobile browser then a big blank spot.

Keywords: flash, ipad, ajax, jquery, iphone, iphone killed flash
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