Many have not heard of the switch from Flash to HTML5, and are wondering why their Apple devices no longer work with Flash websites and games. If you’ve been left out of the loop, let me catch you up to speed. Adobe adopted Flash after purchasing Macromedia in 2005, resulting in the popular interactive media software Adobe Flash Player, but Flash was originally created in 1995. Now after those numerous updates, have we reached the end of its life cycle? Adobe has announced in more ways than one that we are moving past Flash and moving forward to HTML5. For those who do not believe it, take a look at Adobe’s website on moving from Flash to HTML5. With the rise of mobile devices browsing the Web, we have noticed there needs to be more support for these mobile devices. With this in mind, HTML5 has created an alternative browsing method for devices such as the iPad and iPhone. Although Flash Player is gone, HTML5 is advancing quickly in a positive direction and with of the support of companies such as Adobe, it’s only a matter of time. But enough of the history lessons and future predictions: let’s get down to web design and security.
What’s Wrong With Flash?
I know what you’re thinking: “Flash worked up until now with no problem, so why switch?” Flash had more positives than negatives, that’s for sure. Its ability to provide great graphic quality, allow for a wide creativity range, and its ease of use for most made it the number one multimedia and software platform on the Web. Unfortunately, everything has its problems. For example, how many times have you had to reinstall a Flash plugin due to an unexpected error? Its updates constantly being released made it almost necessary to make it your home page, less you forget it again!
There are some crashes and incompatibility errors here and there, but this was rare in actuality (at least if you were up-to-date with the latest and greatest). The real issue was the aspect of the Web that most seem to have difficulty grasping: security. Flash had more holes in it than a pasta drainer. Adobe is targeted often for their large number of users (i.e. everyone that uses multimedia or interactive web design). For this reason exploits are uncovered left and right and utilized immediately. There was even a security hole which provided the hacker full remote access and control of your computer. Ouch! Regardless of why Adobe is dropping support for Flash, they recommend we move on to HTML5 as that’s what they’ll be supporting.
HTML5 – The New Way
We would like to think that the new way is the better way, and for now it is. In the web design industry, it’s all about the latest trends. As of now, HTML5 is where it’s at. HTML5 is taking over due to its unique style, advancements, and flexibility. As for the coding aspects of the future, you should expect it to be very simple. Simplicity is one of the major aspects we’re happy to have. Less code with cleaner designs, more attractive designs, and even the ability to auto-detect version. HTML5 works to make our job a whole lot easier and more lightweight, which is great news for the interactive web design industry! Finally, it has a better security than Flash has had in the past…or at least there has been little malicious activity going on.
HTML5 currently supports each major browser and on all mainstream OS mobile platforms, including iOS, Blackberry, Windows Mobile 7.5+, ChromeOS, Symbian, and Android. We’re currently seeing more sites popping up in 2013 than ever before. HTML5 is currently building up its popularity on the Web, taking over Flash by storm. If you haven’t already, it may be time to drop Flash and consider moving over to HTML5 because it seems to be making a name for itself.
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Article by Ryan Gavin
Ryan Gavin is an associate with Ignition72, a Baltimore Web Design Agency. Ryan focuses on all aspects of the Web ranging from web design to security.