Flash used to be a pretty big part of the Internet with entire websites being built entirely from this format, but as of late Flash has become more of a burden than anything and thus many big names on the Internet has called for its death, and guess what, Adobe may have actually listened.
It seems Adobe is finally hitting the final nail into the coffin for Flash, a once dominant format online, which in recent times has caused more problems for users and web developers. The company announced yesterday that it will now “encourage content creators to build with new web standards,” such as the more popular and lightweight HTML5, rather than Flash.
In an even more devastating blow, Adobe also announced that in 2016 they’ll be depreciating the name by renaming its app, Flash Professional CC to Animate CC.
This comes as welcome news for web users and developers as Flash has been dying a slow death over the past few years, I’m sure once in your online life you’ve experienced “The following plugin has crashed”, notification only to find that it was Flash causing all of the problems.
Flash first became big in the early 2000s when it was once known as Macromedia Flash. It was used for both building entire animated websites (before CSS became a big thing) as well as being the platform for game development and animation, I mean, who remembers Joe Cartoon? I know I do.
Flash has however always been a drain on the system though, being heavy to load, especially back then when Broadband Internet was just coming into population. As well as being a drain, it’s always been vulnerable to security issues and has always come under fire, despite updates being rolled out often.
Unfortunately, despite owning the tools to create Flash applications, it’s not going anywhere any time soon until developers cease to use the software. Adobe’s announcement however shows that the company is acknowledging the problems with Flash, and is actively encouraging developers to switch to HTML5.
From here, Adobe will still be supporting Flash, but instead of developing upon it, it’ll be working more on the security side of things, working with the likes of Google and Microsoft to make things better for the end-user, because at the end of the day, Flash will always exist, in some deep, dark corner of the Internet.
My quick but loving tribute to Adobe Flash. Rest in peace, buddy. pic.twitter.com/Wr74tyqNyQ
— Alex Berry (@AlexBurby) December 1, 2015