HTML 5: Reducing the need for Adobe Flash

HTML 5: Reducing the need for Adobe Flash

The ever-present Adobe Flash plug-in has been one of the most prevalent ways to make animations, video and interactive features for the Web, since its inception in the mid- 1990, no matter what browser or operating system was being used. Indeed Adobe maintain that 98% of desktop computers with Internet-connection have Flash installed and 95% use Flash Player 10, the latest version.

However it seems there is now an ominous sign for Adobe, that there are 2 main threats to its supremacy. One is that fact that Apple simply haven’t gone along with the mania for Flash for its iPhone and iPad devices. The other is the ascendance of a new open Web system, HTML 5, which puts interactivity at the heart of Web browsers.

Whereas Flash has to be downloaded and installed, HTML 5 will be offering those extra facilities as a default in browsers, plus it will not be managed by just one company. However although at the moment HTML 5 will hugely expand a browser’s capabilities, Adobe manage to stay one step ahead by making more tools available.

For instance the new social network service developed by Adobe will make it easier to tap into different interfaces for social networking companies. In the meantime though industry experts at SXSWi last week felt that one of the chief elements of HTML 5, Canvas, could enable the same functions as Adobe, as it enables graphics, animation and interactive features in a browser, with no extra plug-ins.

For more information on this go to technologyreview.com. We wonder if Adobe does feel threatened by the rise of HTML 5 or will they continue to stay ahead of the game?

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