Allow me to take you on a stroll down memory lane, back to a darker day, a moment on the space time continuum where Flash ruled movies and videos on the interwebs and critics howled because iPhone did not support the de facto standard.
Remember those days? Well, I’m glad they’re gone. I’m glad Apple’s Steve Jobs dissed Adobe and Flash. I’m glad Flash does not come pre-installed on Safari. I’m glad Flash isn’t anywhere to be seen in public these days.
Guess what? Adobe still hasn’t given up the ghost and there’s a new Flash in town. Model 126.96.36.199 to be precise. Yes, that’s right. Flash Lives! Seriously.
For the unwary:
Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.
Flash had problems before Steve Jobs stomped on it back in early 2010. Jobs on what Flash could not do:
Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. We have discussed the downsides of using Flash to play video and interactive content from websites, but Adobe also wants developers to adopt Flash to create apps that run on our mobile devices. We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform.
What was Apple’s position then seems to be Apple’s position today. Without Flash.
Our motivation is simple – we want to provide the most advanced and innovative platform to our developers, and we want them to stand directly on the shoulders of this platform and create the best apps the world has ever seen. We want to continually enhance the platform so developers can create even more amazing, powerful, fun and useful applications. Everyone wins – we sell more devices because we have the best apps, developers reach a wider and wider audience and customer base, and users are continually delighted by the best and broadest selection of apps on any platform.
As usual, Jobs pointed toward the trends and correctly identified the future.
New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.
What of Flash today? Except for the oldest machines, Flash remains almost non-existent among PC users– Mac and Windows. Flash is non-existent among mobile devices. The Flash name and brand carries so much ill will and baggage that Adobe changed the product’s name to Adobe Animate and all that remains of Flash is the player.
I would like to say, “What a pity!” Why? I tried the latest player for Safari on my Mac. Truly, this might be the best Flash player ever. Videos and animations I tested ran smoothly and hardly caused a ripple in my new MacBook Pro’s multi-core i9 CPU.
Too little too late.