Is HTML5 going to replace Flash?

Ariii

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I don't really like Flash that much, because of it's general slowness and the frequent need to get new updates for it. I just looked at an old blog post and saw a couple demos, and I don't really see the need for flash except for a small amount of things. It looks inevitable, but I've heard people think otherwise, and I have no clue why.

Oh, and this was the blog post: http://www.htmlfirm.com/blog/html5-will-replace-flash-a-world-wide-acceptance-across-the-web/
 

miles01110

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Can you elaborate on this? That's pretty much a useless answer. HTML5 is already replacing more and more flash elements. Just look at Youtube, Vimeo or what you can do with 'Hype' which is available on the Apple Store.
It's not useless at all. "Will HTML5 replace Flash?" Clearly the answer is no. HTML might see more and more adoption as time goes on, but it's not as if Flash will remain unchanged either. Flash still works perfectly fine despite what the Apple-blind have been told.
 

Michaelgtrusa

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I don't really like Flash that much, because of it's general slowness and the frequent need to get new updates for it. I just looked at an old blog post and saw a couple demos, and I don't really see the need for flash except for a small amount of things. It looks inevitable, but I've heard people think otherwise, and I have no clue why.

Oh, and this was the blog post: http://www.htmlfirm.com/blog/html5-will-replace-flash-a-world-wide-acceptance-across-the-web/


Lets give it time, it's possible and i'm not blind.
 

eXan

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I hope so. The only place I deal with flash now is internet videos and the flash player is the most annoying thing ever. Half the time it just bugs out :rolleyes:
 

Apple Key

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HTML5 as well as jQuery and other JS frameworks will replace flash. It is only a matter of time. Every day more and more websites switch over their content to get rid of it.
 

jayducharme

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I have to teach Flash, and over the past few years Adobe has made the software more and more irrelevant. In the Macromedia days, the software was pretty good. But now it continually crashes on our Macs and has a nightmarish interface that takes weeks to explain to students. So in short, yes, Flash is slowly dying. Adobe doesn't seem to have any interest in fixing it. Catalyst and Edge are just as bad.

This semester I switched to Hype for multimedia production. There's no learning curve. It does most of what Flash does but is rendered entirely in HTML-5, and students don't need to jump through hoops to export it properly. And whatever is created in Hype can be viewed identically on any device. Unless Adobe can step up their game in a big way, Flash is on its way out.
 

neiltc13

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HTML5 will never replace Flash for online video for as long as there is no suitable DRM solution. Currently there is no way to serve DRM protected video without using a plugin, and Flash is by far the most efficient plugin for doing this.
 

east85

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I'm all for it, so as long as HTML5 is more efficient with resources than Flash.

I think I saw an article on MacWorld not too long ago about Facebook's attempt to push the platform forward.
 

Melrose

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It's not useless at all. "Will HTML5 replace Flash?" Clearly the answer is no. HTML might see more and more adoption as time goes on, but it's not as if Flash will remain unchanged either. Flash still works perfectly fine despite what the Apple-blind have been told.
Flash as a plugin for media isn't so bad; the problem is when it starts getting used for regular front-end websites. It therefore is reduced to which format makes more sense to use as a media plugin, Flash or HTML5-acceptable video. it's true you can develop Flash to be more accessible, but a lot of Flash developers don't take these extra steps.

Fortunately, both are widely used so it makes little sense to base your development on user support. But Flash as a whole is dying, at least for what most of use think of when we hear "Flash"... I rephrase that: It's not dying as such, but the end of it has been made much more possible with the recent push for standards-acceptable media.
 
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0000757

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HTML5 will become the standard for mobile devices. HTML5 allows you to do SO MUCH more on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

It doesn't require much battery (if it even requires any independently) versus Flash, which requires a lot of independent battery power.

It allows more universal functions between full computers and mobile devices, easily translating taps into clicks, versus Flash, which can't translate taps into clicks without being specifically coded for touch input.

It also allows more variety of devices to run it. All you need is a web browser. No plug-ins or extensions required.

It may not necessarily replace Flash on desktop suite computers, but mobile devices will soon have HTML5 as a standard. If you don't believe me, take it straight from Adobe, who said themselves HTML5 is the future for mobile devices.