How much do you miss flash?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by modelbehaviour, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. modelbehaviour macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2007
    I was just wondering how much of a hindrance people are finding it to not have flash on the iPad? I sort of know what flash is (moving thingys right?), but I don't really know what/which kind of websites use it and how common it is, so I don't know if I'd miss it. I browse the internet on my iPhone and the only odd 'holes' I've noticed have been adverts on webpages. Can someone enlighten me a bit, maybe give me an example of flash? (You can tell I don't do the whole technology thing that much....sorry if this seems utterly obvious to everyone else!)
  2. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Don't miss it at all.
  3. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Most banner ads and some streaming websites are made using flash. Most people who miss it cite as an example. However, I don't miss flash much at this point. There is so much content that is playable on the iPad it doesn't matter much.
  4. Cinab1mt macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    Flash, In a nut shell, is basically a type of internet code that many websites use that enables things like streaming video, standard video playback, as well as online games "you need to install flash player" is what most sites will say on the Ipad, because as well all know, it is not supported. More of the experts will have other reasons, or know of other applications that use flash, but for standard, average use, flash is mainly used on websites for the reasons above, video, games etc. HTML5 is what Jobs is pushing, in that he claims "Flash is out of date, and very inefficient".
  5. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I have been blocking most of it for years and usually just leave a site if it won't load any of what should be ordinary content (informative material) without my allowing Flash. I mean if I want to look up some tech specs on a car or a camera or something, why should that require me to use Flash? Less is sometimes more when it comes to presenting content, to me anyway.

    What I do notice lately is that more programmers must indeed be switching away from Flash coding because I see fewer blocks of empty space on the pages I browse.
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    agreed. don't miss it a bit, and I wouldn't even bother with it if it was on the iPad.
  7. OGDaniel macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2009
    Thank you for that excellent synapsis. It looks to me like you think Steve Jobs is out of line claiming Flash being out of date and inefficient, but what Steve says is true. Flash is very poorly coded and designed, and really is outdated. Every time I have any problem with my Mac, when Safari quits unexpectedly and stuff like that, it is always because of me visiting a site full of Flash and it ruins everything.

    As for Flash's absence on the iPad I am glad about it. It doesn't have the chance to crash my iPad.
  8. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

    Dammit Cubs

    Jul 31, 2007
    Not much. I don't get people wanting flash on your mobile device. It's ridiculously terrible on all Android devices (using flash lite) and only a few have 2.2 and that's also causing issues.

    People don't need flash. And LOL, whats funny...i tried to go a flash site on my EVO and it failed terribly.

    People are just complaining for the sake of complaining and they have no justification on cause on the matter. Just power users trying to be powerful (over compensating for something?;))
  9. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    If someone says that he goes to many sites that use flash, so that the lack of flash on the iPad is an inconvenience, I would not call him a liar. People visit different sites and have different habits.

    But as for me, the sites that I visit either do not use flash, or they have made their sites compatible with the iPad. I visited one online store that uses flash pictures and menus, and since I could not use them, I left.

    Since there are so many iDevices out there, I believe (and hope!) that site publishers will increasingly make their sites compatible, and this probably means abandoning flash.

    In conclusion, Die, Flash, Die!
  10. kepner macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
  11. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    I don't miss it a lot, but I do miss it. From time to time things like flash videos pop up and it always annoys me I can't view them. Not a deal breaker, but definitely annoying.
  12. pmcdn macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2008
    What imiss is not being able to view a lot of videos on news sites, etc. I look forward to the day when you can view everythingyou can with a laptop.
  13. supercaliber macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2007
    espn mobile still uses flash, so no highlights

    many other websites still use flash

    kids can't play miniclip games among others

    my 15 year old bought the EVO, he is rubbing flash content in my face constantly.

    Flash is still everywhere, it is real, apple zealots are ignoring this simple fact.
  14. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    You don't have to be an apple zealot to decide that Flash is not on the same level as the five basic food groups. I'm just about as old as the fricken internet so I think Flash is, like... just superfluous, most of the time. I like text. Loads fast, takes up less bandwidth.
  15. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    The only reason I miss it is I'm going back to get my Masters, online, and their website uses flash. Other than that, no.
  16. The Mad Kiwi macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    In Hell
    I don't miss it at all, but I use a flash blocker on all my browsers anyway. Less annoying advertising is a big plus.
  17. harry*333 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    No flash for me
    Only wished I had it for a few specific purposes
    Although I wish there was at least simple JavaScript
    For example I can't view NWS radars
  18. Gleemen macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2009
  19. VTMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    As an Apple and Linux "zealot" I can tell you unequivocally flash is worthless. The only platform it works "well" on is windows desktop. On every other platform it's "cross platform" benefits fail to deliver.
  20. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    What's flash? :).

    Don't miss it at all. I don't visit many sites that use it and the few that did still render without it. Most good web developers worth a damn would have created alternate viewing methods as not all browsers supported.
  21. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2006
    Tyler, Texas
    I miss being able to view YouTube videos that use flash.
  22. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I disagree, the minority of Flash use is for video sites and games, the majority use is for navigation and basic site structure.
  23. harry*333 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    That's why there's the YouTube app, and I find it quite handy that if you click/touch a YouTube video or YouTube link in safari it automatically loads in in the YouTube app
  24. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
  25. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2006
    Tyler, Texas
    Well a lot of videos that I like to watch in YouTube are apparently in flash and give me the message that I must have Adobe Flash installed in order to watch them.

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