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2012-09-30 11:17:23.587455+00 by meuon 3 comments

Once upon a time, there was a magical thing on the intertubes, Adobe had this thing that alowed you to do animations and effects by installing a browser plugin. It grew. Some entire websites were created in it, games, and for a long time it was the best embedded video player on the 'net.

I really don't understand the market forces and techno-politics behind it's slow death, but I can tell it's dead. My top of the line Android 4.0 tablet (Asus infinity) would like to install it, but is told by the "app store" that it's not available in "your country" and that it won't be supported past 4.0, and 4.1 (Jelly bean) is due on my machine in a few days. My latest installs of Linux, using Bodhi Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 + Enlightenment) had fits installing it, but did. I'm also being told it will see no future Linux releases.

Pseudoquote: "It's dead, Jim."

Now if the major websites like cnn.com would just stop using it.

I wish I had the chops to build a flash to "HTML5" aka JavaScript and <canvas> converter. I have some old Flash animations I am especially fond of.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-10-01 23:21:09.504274+00 by: Larry Burton

Shockwave is constantly crashing in my browsers. My little HP Netbook is worse at it but crashes on all my machines. I'll be happy to see it gone.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-30 19:11:59.357311+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

Is your Flash in the subset that the Swiffy Flash to HTML 5 converter can handle?

#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-30 11:55:39.004324+00 by: DaveP

My understanding (I don't actually use flash myself if I can avoid it, but I work at Adobe so I hear things) is that the new flash tools actually have a thingie to squirt out "HTML5."