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2 responses to “Adobe: 7 Things You Should Do With Flash/Flex”

  1. flex developer

    Hey, This is really Nice topic which every flex developer have to know before start working on flex development

  2. Disagree

    Alarmist nonsense – they can’t even agree on a video codec to use for HTML5 (hence Youtube’s concerns), and Flex != Flash. An HTML5 Flex compiler is one of the top requested Flex features now, and there is already talk of Adobe creating a Flash-to-HTML5 compiler. Many techies seem to perceive that this is some kind of “war” with Adobe on one side and Apple on the other, and that one will eventually prevail over the other. Not so – Adobe is very much pro HTML5 and has no irrational resistance to any particular technology, and technologies don’t just go away so easily. Flash will have to become obsolete on almost every front–something that is still a long way off.

    Apple uses underhanded means to forcibly control their hardware, regardless of user or developer wishes. Many overestimate the power of Apple to control markets. It is wishful thinking at best to even dream of this happening, they are one (rather pricey) manufacturer against many. They do not even control the mobile phone market–not by a long shot (Android OS has a greater market share).

    Further, although people mock them for some odd reason, Microsoft and Blackberry are now in the phone and tablet markets, and their ads make their stuff look just as tempting as Apple’s. Even worse for Apple–they are leveraging FLASH support BIG time in ads because it’s well known that the reason many apps/sites don’t work on Apple devices is because they refuse to support Flash. (If they claim they can’t, or it “drains batteries”, perhaps Apple should talk to all the other mobile device manufacturers and figure out how they did the impossible? Or could it be that Steve Jobs has his own agenda and is being just a bit dishonest?)

    With the recent Apple backlash I’ve been seeing (depending on who you talk to!), customers getting tired of being duped and ripped off (or at least feeling that way) by Apple products, HTML5 itself being more hype than substance, and a return to the days of “browser wars” (meaning Flash is THE top cross browser platform on the desktop), anything can still happen. It is still yet to be seen whether HTML5 will live up to the hype (before we all retire), and even then, the feature set will be weak in comparison to what Flash could potentially have implemented in 10 years.

    Adobe does need to address many of those issues, but they would also do well with a good Flash to HTML5 compiler and continued innovation in weak areas. Flash already has JIT compilation (is that what you were referring to above?), and is starting to support hardware acceleration with version 10.1. All it needs to do is stay ahead of the “HTML5 wave”, which–while not to be taken lightly–is a very, VERY slow moving wave no matter how much arm waving Apple and it’s fanboys do to convince us otherwise.