Why the hate? Puhleeze. For Mac notebook users in particular, Flash may be the single most reason the battery does not last long, or why the fans come on screaming as if your Mac’s aluminum case was about to melt, or why the Mac has slowed to a crawl and all you’re doing is watching a video (in Flash, of course).
Apple has had a long-running battle with Flash, once dissed in public by then CEO Steve Jobs, and banned forever from the company’s mobile devices thanks to power draining and security breaching problems inherent within the platform.
Guess what? You knew this day would come and here it is. Adobe Flash is dead. Except it hasn’t been killed yet. But lets call it the Flash Afterlife anyway. Adobe makes money selling software and Flash is used by a gazillion developers around the world so why would the company want to make planet earth a better place for humans to live by killing Flash? There’s no money in killing it, but there is more money to be milked by changing the Flash name to Adobe Animate CC (still a part of Creative Cloud).
Adobe Animate CC has all kinds of tools which help developers to, uh, well, animate graphics for websites and applications. These days Animate CC handles Flash SWF files and HTML5 so its completely multi-platform, which is another way of saying Adobe can still get revenue from Flash from both Mac and Windows PC users.
How we use our computer-like devices has changed and has moved from the desktop to the notebook to smartphone, tablet, and now wearable devices (Flash on Watch would be an interesting event, what with the 47-minute battery life and all). There’s also a rapid movement toward cloud usage to store data, but rather than reinvent how animation works in the 21st century, Adobe is content to drag the 20th century into the future no matter how much electricity is drained by applications and webpages which display Flash. Uh, excuse me. Adobe Animate CC.
Shakespeare, anyone? Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Scene II.
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
That works for turds, too.