Adobe Flash, formerly known as Macromedia Flash, is a software and multimedia platform which is used to create games, animation, vector graphics and Rich Internet Application (RIA). These applications can be executed and played in Adobe Flash Player. Adobe Flash is mainly used for interactive multimedia contents of web pages and also for audio players and video streaming. Adobe Flash provides animation of still images, drawing and text. It also supports audio and video bidirectional streaming and have the facility to capture input from users through camera, microphone, keyboard and mouse. Adobe Flash content is accessible via Adobe Flash Player on many computer devices and system and is available for free of charge for many common web browsers. The emergence of new platforms like HTML5 and jQuery is paving the way to tough competition in the web market and it will be interesting to see if the future of Adobe flash is bright or bleak.
Comparison between Adobe Flash and HTML5
HTML5 is a core technology of the Internet. It is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language that is used for creating and presenting content for the World Wide Web. Adobe and HTML5 platforms include the features of audio and video integration in web pages with vector graphics features. HTML5 has emerged as a strong and viable alternative to Adobe Flash.
Adobe Flash runs on Android, Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. Earlier versions of Adobe Flash run on Windows mobile, Symbian, Sony’s Play Station and PSP. However, Apple products like the iPhone, iPad and iPod do not use Adobe Flash for featuring its application. On the other hand, HTML5 is being used to a large degree in modern web browsers. Opera, Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer are using HTML5. Creating web browser by Adobe Flash is relatively easier than integrating development environment for HTML. The downside is that Adobe tools are proprietary and expensive.
On the other hand, tools of Adobe Flash are already in market whereas HTML5 has just started entering in the market. Adobe Flash has special feature to specify the measurement of sub- pixel increment which results in crisper and pleasant appearance of Adobe Flash websites. But when it comes to HTML features for sub-pixel scale, it leads to unreliability and inconsistency of displayed images. Some of these positives give an edge to Adobe and the future of Adobe flash looks bright.
Comparison between Adobe Flash and jQuery
Performance of Adobe Flash
Some users of Linux and Mac OS X have complained about high usage of CPU for Flash video playback. This phenomenon was there because Flash plugins do not use GPU for rendering video. Adobe flash is also vulnerable to security attacks and is not especially known for its reliability on fixing the issues quickly.
Future of Adobe flash
Mobile phones and tablet PCs is the largest growing segment of the consumer electronics space, today. Adobe flash was designed to run on desktops and it is not inherently power efficient. This is a big drawback as mobile phone users prefer those software programs that do not require less power/charge to operate.
Most of the Mobile phones and tablets are touch screen oriented now-a-days. Adobe needs to re-engineer its platform from supporting the mice to supporting touch on mobile devices to be in the race against jQuery and HTML5. With a big name like Apple bypassing Adobe flash for HTML5, Adobe seems to be losing the race before the competition begins.