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Are Flash Websites Dead?

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Has Flash had its day?

Flash has been the dominant platform for delivering graphics and multimedia for over a decade, however the emergence of HTML5 has led to apocalyptic cries of the death of Flash since Steve Jobs prophesied its demise back in 2010.

Yet several years later, it seems that the incumbent audio and visual technology solution retains an important role. Sure, its relevancy may be declining but at a less dramatic pace than first predicted. Why?

HTML5 is now the world’s leading provider of interactive graphics, utilised across a range devices. It is responsible for providing the interesting and engaging website animation without any need for plug-ins. The bonus it that it works on tablets, smartphones or other devices, many of which are not Flash enabled nowadays.

So if HTML5 is so accessible why does Flash still exist?

Perhaps Flash will become extinct in the coming years, however for gaming and video, Adobe’s system is still hard to beat for the creation and delivery of rich media, and it may be a while before HTML5 is able to wholly overtake this system in terms of sophistication.

Current Co-Existence

Much as the debate may rage over Flash verses HTML5, the statistics of usage are overwhelming (www.wired.com/)

• 1.81 billion global devices using Flash,

• 1.88 using HTML5

Although the explosion of mobile technology in recent years has enabled the rapid development of such open standard platforms, it is hardly reflective to claim that ‘Flash is dead’ based on these figures.

The rise of mobile technology may have made Flash less relevant to modern demands and usage of the internet, but its delivery of rich graphics and multimedia ensures that it remains the preferred system for PCs around the world.

The Verdict:

From Aelite’s experience, Flash no longer has a place in standard website design. Most companies are looking to reach the widest audience with one all-purpose website, something Flash cannot provide. Like so many others out there we feel it is only a matter of time before HTML5 finally catches up with Adobe, but until then Adobe Flash still has its place in providing video and games to PC users.

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