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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Adobe To Refocus On HTML5

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:00 AM

"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."

As was reported by ZDNet last week, what seemed unthinkable not that long ago has happened: Adobe is embracing HTML5 on mobile platforms. The word is that Adobe is stopping development of the venerable Flash player for browsers on mobile. At the same time, they will be increasing their efforts on HTML5 innovations. On an official Adobe blog, the following detail was published:

"However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers."

One of the more interesting aspects of this situation is that Apple seems to have been quite prophetic in seeing this development play out. Their iOS mobile platform has not supported Flash since its inception, and they have been quite emphatic that they were not going to support it. Without question HTML5 is gaining momentum, and with Adobe's backing we'll see even more acceleration in the months ahead.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Flash to HTML5 Extension for Safari

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:13 AM

"As you know, OS X Lion ships without Flash Player to the delight of fans in support of Apple's ongoing argument against Adobe's resource-hungry technology. This leaves us with three choices: Avoid Flash content altogether (possible, but hardly an option for mainstream folks), switch to Google's Chrome browser that comes with the latest version of Flash Player built-in (a forced option for Safari fans) or just install the darn thing and deal with consequences later."

And now there is another option with this extension, available here. Personally though, I prefer using Chrome for anything that requires Flash instead of mucking up my Safari with lots of extensions. What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Adobe Edge Preview Launched for HTML5

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:07 AM

"Adobe has just launched a preview version of ‘Adobe Edge' which allows web developers to create animations using HTML5, and CSS as opposed to Flash. With Apple's long time hatred of Adobe's Flash product, they began steering the world into a Flash-less frame of mind, one where HTML5 rules over animated content."

This is either a reaction to the Apple-Flash dust up over the last year, or just a natural progression of Adobe as they continue to update web tools. What ever the reason, its a good thing in my book. I think Flash will be around for a long time, but I certainly will be glad when more sites utilize HTML5 instead of it. As it is now, less than half of browsers utilize HTML5 so there is a long way to go. You can find out more at the Adobe Labs page, but this is a welcome step.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

iSwifter to Bring Flash Free Browser App to OS X

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Apple hasn't shipped Adobe Flash Player on Macs since last October, and the current shipping version of Flash Player has some incompatibilities with Lion that have yet to be fixed. If developer iSwifter has its way, you won't need Flash Player on any of your Apple devices."

I don't play the games, and I don't miss Flash for the most part. If I want to see some video that is Flash I just open up Chrome. But if you want to use something similar to what iSwifter has for the iPad so you can play those Flash based games from Zynga, your wish will soon be granted. I don't see the draw for OS X, but I can see the usage on the iPad. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Flash? Yea, I Don't Miss It...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"It has been 7 months since I've followed John Gruber's advice and abandoned Adobe Flash. Put simply, the experience has positively affected almost every facet of using my computer. It's faster, cooler, runs longer and most importantly, it's infinitely less prone to infuriating me."

I pretty much have had the same experience, I don't miss Flash at all, and when I need to use it I just open up Chrome. My MacBook Air 11 inch certainly feels like it runs smoother and faster without dealing with Flash, and for the few times I need it, it is pretty simple to just switch to Chrome. Has anyone else out there gone "Flash-less", and if so, how has your experience been?

Friday, June 3, 2011

According to Adobe CEO, iPad Doomed to Crash & Burn

Posted by Michael Knutson in "The Competition" @ 11:00 PM

"Apple’s iPad is doomed to fall to competing tablets, and that day is coming soon, according to Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. He shared that bit of precognition, along with some other thoughts, this week in an interview at the AllThingsD D9 conference."

With the release of Android for tablets (3.0+), many pundits have predicted the demise of the iPad, but it hasn't happened yet. Adobe's CEO states that the decision for Apple to not allow Flash on iDevices, is not really a technical issue, but rather a business decision having to do with Apple's desire for total control over the platform, and over software distribution through the App Store. Um, Adobe, first and foremost, it's about the user experience - Flash has been tested, and runs like crap on iOS devices, so Apple has made its thumbs-down decision. Control issues certainly are there, but a distant second in this case. If Apple's market-leading position falters, I think that it'll be ultimately because of the strengths of Android, a superior user experience, with Flash playing a very minor role at best.

Tags: software, flash, adobe, ios, d9

Friday, May 13, 2011

Removing Flash

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Back in October, Apple shipped its first MacBook Air models without the Adobe Flash plug-in pre-installed. In the ensuing brouhaha, Ars Technica discovered Flash cut battery life by up to 33 percent on the MacBook Air and possibly other MacBook models. Personally, my MacBook often sounds like it's preparing for space flight when I visit pages that use Adobe's plug-in."

I got tired of using Click to Flash on my MacBook Air so I did this and haven't looked back. If I need to use a site that only has Flash, I just open up Chrome. Lately I've been using Chrome for most of my browsing so it hasn't even been an issue. What are your thoughts? Do you use multiple browsers or do you continue to have Flash on your system?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Adobe's Wallaby Converts Flash to HTML5

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 11:30 AM

"Adobe Systems is making available this evening a preview of its Wallaby technology, which enables developers to leverage Flash development skills to build HTML files that can run on systems without the need for the Flash Player, including Apple iOS devices."

Adobe Labs has finally started talking about (and doing something about) the inevitable - converting Flash to HTML5 - mainly in support of the millions and millions of iOS devices around the world. This appears today to be a one-by-one conversion process, so I wouldn't hold my breathe waiting for larger sites to be converted, but this appears to be a good start. A preview (beta/experimental) version is available today from Adobe Labs, and is currently free.

63% of Streaming Web Do Not Require Flash

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"A new study shows that nearly two thirds of all streaming Web video is HTML5 compatible. In other words, Adobe Flash is no longer needed for a majority of Web content."

HTML5-compatible video aka H.264 is now comprising more than 60% of the streaming video on the Internet. MeFeedia indexed approximately 30 million videos from over 33,000 sites to come to this conclusion. Amazingly, in less than a year, over 50% of the video out there has dropped Flash as a requirement. I find I don't miss it most of the time on my laptop using Safari, but If there is something I want to see I just switch to Chrome. How about you, do you use Flash or do you find that it isn't that big of a deal not to have it installed on Safari?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Flash Drains the Battery, Costs You Two Hours of Your Battery Life

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 11:00 AM

"Steve Jobs has repeatedly insisted that Flash is a resource-hog. A review of the 11-inch MacBook Air conducted by Ars Technica shows he's quite right. The new Air shows a drop in battery life with Flash installed, at a cost of around two hours of use."

Losing about a third of your battery life to Flash is annoying, but you can just install ClickToFlash and solve that problem. Or you can use this fix from Daring Fireball to avoid Flash issues. It appears a bit is needed to initially set it up but it does solve the problem of having Flash running in the background. How do you work around Flash, or do you?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Skyfire is Out, Out of Capacity That Is...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:17 PM

"Yesterday Skyfire, the browser that bought Flash video to the iPhone, made an early appearance in the Apple iTunes App Store. I paid my $2.99 and downloaded the app which promised to take Flash video and transcodes it into HTML5-compatible H.264 format, but due to overwhelming demand, I never got it to work."

Perhaps all those that are "fine without Flash" had a change of heart, or perhaps they were just curious how it would work on the iPhone. Or it could be some other reason, but bottom line the demand exceeded the capacity thus causing Skyfire to be put into "sold out" mode. They plan on upping capacity and offering it again in the near future. You can read the Skyfire blog here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

No Flash Shipping With MacBooks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Last week, we reported that Apple's new MacBook Airs were shipping without Adobe Flash preinstalled... a radical departure from the norm for Apple, which has been bundling Flash with OS X (and OS 9 before it) as the default for seemingly ages. Was it a fluke, or is this Apple's new policy?"

And not just MacBook Airs, as Apple is saying it won't ship with any of their products in the future. Sounds like another conspiracy in the making doesn't it? Well it's not, basically the reason is that due to frequent updates by Adobe, you get an outdated version anyway when you get your Mac so you might as well just add it (if you choose to) when you get your machine so you have the latest version. Same with Java. Or do you think this is just a dig at Adobe? What are your thoughts, good move? Bad move?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Adobe to Offer HTML5 Creation Tools

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 AM

"I wouldn't say we're reacting to HTML5. We see whatever people are using to express themselves. ... We're going to make great tooling for HTML5. We're going to make the best tools in the world for HTML5."

- Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, at the Web 2.0 Summit this May.

"Adobe, which has been at the focal point of what seems like the never ending Apple induced saga surrounding Flash plugins vs. HTML5 <video> tags, announces its entry into the HTML5 space today, just in time for the new initially Flash-less MacBook Air."

In the ongoing saga of Flash vs. Apple, Adobe has announced that it will be making tools to create HTML5 media. Using the Kaltura HTML5 Media Library, Adobe will offer a widget enabling HTML5 video that will fall back to Flash for browsers not yet HTML5 aware (that don't understand the new syntax). The widget will be available via Dreamweaver, or through the Adobe Air widget browser (obviously requiring Adobe Air). Seems like Adobe is making concessions, how about if some shrewd software vendor makes a tool that will take Flash and transparently convert it (migrate it / emulate it ) to HTML5? Don't today's mobile iDevices have processor power enough to do this Rosetta-like translation behind the scenes? Come on guys, innovate yourselves out of this impasse!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Yet Another Chapter: Apple vs. Flash

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:30 PM

"Earlier this year, the tech world was amused and aghast to watch the emergence of a public spat between Adobe and Apple. The subject: Flash. Flash is a plug-in for your Web browser that’s required to view certain Web animations (including those infuriating blinky ads), Web games and, above all, Web videos. If you want to watch TV shows on or the graphically rich home pages of thousands of other sites, you need Flash."

More in the ongoing battle between Apple and Adobe, over, you guessed it, Flash. David Pogue is a respected technology columnist for the New York Times, yet he starts out by stating that "Flash is already built in to the web browser on your computer." Oops. The usual chapter and verse are re-hashed, and then come some interesting tidbits from the "Flash is Everywhere" camp. Many web sites have migrated to HTML5, but most (good, desirable) web content is still Flash. Almost all of today's generation of SmartPhones run Flash, except of course the iPhone, and most of them suffer from it. Reduced battery life, crashes, apps and games in Flash that were written really for keyboard and mouse, annoying web site content, ad nauseam. Steve Jobs is right, in this case, mostly. But, until HTML5 becomes ubiquitous (come on W3C!), there will still be a clamoring for Flash, no matter how badly it performs on mobile devices. Is a compromise possible?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Help For Those Safari Hangs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Sometimes-especially when you have a lot of tabs open and a lot of pages running Flash-Safari can hang to the point where it needs a restart. Unfortunately, restarting Safari can be inconvenient."

This is, of course, only if you are comfortable with using Terminal. It involves manually stopping the WebKitPluginHost process, so once Safari notices that the process has ended, it restarts it and refreshes the page that was using the Flash plug-n. This process will stop all plug-ins though, not just the Flash so they will also start back up once the page refreshes. I've been dealing with this issue recently so I may have to try this quick fix. To do it, open up Terminal (located in your Utilities folder in Applications, and type killall -9 WebKitPluginHost.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So Steve Jobs Was Right on Flash?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 08:30 AM

"I'm the last person on earth who wanted to believe Steve Jobs when he told Walt Mossberg at D8 that 'Flash has had its day.' I took it as nothing more than showmanship when Jobs shared his thoughts on Flash and wrote that 'Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn't support touch based devices.'"

But it turns out that he has to agree with Jobs on Flash, after spending some time using, or rather trying to use, mobile Flash Player 10.1 on the Android 2.2. The author tried several sites, and came to the conclusion that it isn't ready, and really what is the point of making websites compatible? If they have to recode them for Flash, why not just do it so it is compatible with HTLM5?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

HTML5 Demand Increases Over 400%

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Demand for HTML5 skills among developers is soaring, according to a new report released today by DoNanza, a search engine that aggregates project postings from online freelance jobs markets like Elance and oDesk."

Just how big of a demand is there? Well, according to the report done by, in Q2 2010 there was a 474% increase in the demand for HTML5 developers. How was Flash faring in the same report? Down 24%. But to put it in perspective, there were 11 times as many Flash projects posted as there were HTML5 projects. It's an interesting report nonetheless.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flash On Your Jailbroken iPad!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:30 PM

"We just saw Flash 10.1 ported to the iPad demonstrated in video form by Comex, and now you can get in on the action too, as long as your iPad is jailbroken. It's called Frash, and while the plugin is still pretty early and doesn't do video playback yet, you can definitely play games and other animations right now, and we're told video support is forthcoming."

While the ability to have Flash (or more accurately, Frash) on my iPad is very attractive, the jailbreaking process and the necessary mods in and around the file system are less attractive, and can "brick" your system (and "blow up the universe") if you're not careful. Right now I can survive without Flash on my iPad, but that may change depending on the adoption and acceptance of HTML5.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flash and the Poisoned Apple!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 09:32 AM

"Listen, Adobe. I come to you under a white flag to try and warn you: a little collateral damage like a dead JLA member isn't going to stop this guy. He's put out an iFatwa on all things Flash, and he doesn't let a failed launch set him back."

$15.00 USD will get you a t-shirt with the graphic above on it, very funny!

Tags: flash, comic, woot, tshirt

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Is Apple Really the Bully?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Long before Apple even announced its new iPad, media companies were going nuts about the device, for two reasons. First, they believed they would be able to create apps that would be gorgeous and stunning and way better than anything they've been able to do on a Web browser. Second, money."

Image Credit: Macblogz

Of course the rub, according to this author, is that they have to work with Apple, and that Apple doesn't exactly play nice with others that don't follow along with their vision (think Flash and Adobe). Don't play by our rules and we really don't want to deal with you. His article is meant to serve as a warning to those that want to "play in Apple's garden" and he advises, DON'T DO IT! A recent article at the Mobile Opportunity blog takes a different tact, that it is only about the money, but that Adobe and Apple are both to blame and the customer is the "innocent victim" in all of this. Personally, I don't Apple is a "bully" and I certainly don't think the customer is an innocent victim, however I do agree it is about money.


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