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Flash Vs HTML5

Google Swiffy Introduced: Flash “out” HTML5 “in”

With the introduction of Google+, Google also introduced its new Flash to HTML5 converter on Tuesday. This creation is the work of a very young, energetic and passionate Googler known as Pieter Senster.

Google Swiffy Labs

According to this software, it can convert Flash animation files known as .SWF into fully functional HTML5 files. As we know Flash is very important to us. All the videos we watch on YouTube and other internet players are Flash related content, so with the introduction of this technology people can now watch videos without installing the Flash plugin, like iPhones and iPads which do not support Flash.

convert-flash-to-html5

Speaking in Technobabble, simply feed the Swiffy converter with a .swf file and the result is a JSON file rendered with the help of SVG and a bit of HTML5 and CSS3. Modern browsers like Google Chrome and Apple Safari reads the converted files as Javascript and renders the content smoothly to you. Take a look at some of the demo content here at Swiffy Galleria.

Maybe you would have also heard a similar Flash to HTML5 converting tool developed by Adobe and only known as Wallaby. But Google claims that Swiffy has lot more advantages than Wallaby. Some of the primary being Swiffy can convert .swf files whereas Wallaby only focuses on .fla file conversion. Also Wallaby’s converted file can easily be edited whereas Swiffy’s files are very hard to breakthrough. For a more deeper review refer to FAQ over here.

Don’t forget to visit Swiffy Labs. Time for your comment! You can also submit your creations over here.

Gianduia- An Alternative to Flash

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Adobe Flash,flex,Microsoft silver-light most were made to deliver RIA experience. The only problem was that these were plugins that work on browsers. A browser itself couldn’t deliver a rich experience without the help of these renderer’s.The recent spark off between Apple and Adobe has panelized a major question ? Is flash like application really needed to deliver a rich user experience . Appple was is and mostly will be the company that sets standards in UI .I’m sure most would agree . Even if ubuntu 10.04 offer a better UI. I’d say that these ideas were borrowed from apple UI. Steve apparently stresses on UI and the underlying architecture more than other areas .

Apple was very rigid in not allowing flash to incorporate its technology in I-Pad. Steves Thoughts on flash conveys the business diversion that apple is aiming at. For Ages apple has suffered strong competition from microsoft, its own employees . Thats one reason why apple wants to dominate now.

After reading Steves Thoughts on flash i realized that what Steves is trying to convey maybe correct . Why allow a third party propriety technology in a platform like web thats supposed to be open and free for all. Well Steve is a smart old man. What was cooking is Gianduia a replacement for flash that apple is working hard on.

Gianduia, named after an Italian hazelnut chocolate, is “essentially is browser-side Cocoa (including CoreData) + WebObjects, written in JavaScript by non-js-haters,” according to a tweet by developer Jonathan “Wolf” Rentzsch. ”

Gianduia might be serious competition to other MVC based web applications .What might be of interest is the fact that Gianduia may gain momentum for one good reason. If that can be used to deliver RIA to I-pad then i’d say lotta developers around the world will be using it. I-pad sales has reached 1 million.Will Gianduia be a success story or not only time can tell but will it give jitters to flash ?? May be.

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Why Apple did not use Flash for the iPad?

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Apple

Apple, being the second most successful multinational company based on computer technology, has finally released the iPad ! In case you don’t know this already, the iPad was one of Apple’s most successful produces yet. Apple had so many pre-ordered iPad’s to deliver that it had to temporarily shut down the Apple store to rebuild the stocks of the iPad.

The iPad was really made fun of at first. There were many jokes on the iPad. The most popular being those of MadTV and Hitler.

The main reason everyone thought that the iPad was going to be a iFailure was because it did not support flash. At this moment 90% of the internet is based on flash content. Flash was Adobe’s most successful product yet and is used by almost all web developers to deliver dynamic content.

The iPad not supporting flash was really shocking, as some people planned to use the iPad as a mini-pc. If the iPad could not load 90% of the web pages, then why buy it ?

Steve Jobs answered this question personally on the Apple Site.

Apple vs Flash

“New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.”

says Jobs.

According to Jobs, Apple has been teamed up with Adobe for a long time. But now when Adobe realized that Apple’s latest product does not support Flash it was really shocking to them.

Reasons why Apple is against Flash

1. Apple is not really Open

“Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, pricing, etc. While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe. By almost any definition, Flash is a closed system.”

says Jobs.

Basically he means to say that there are some other open-source platforms such as scripting languages using which a user can create dynamic content. Flash need not be that dynamic content.

2. Availability of Open Standards

“Though the operating system for the iPhone, iPod and iPad is proprietary, we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript – all open standards. Apple’s mobile devices all ship with high performance, low power implementations of these open standards. HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member.”

says Jobs.

These open standards are much better alternatives to Flash. They are recommended by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), the non-profit organization created by the creator of the Internet (WWW) to promote open source standards for the internet. Its always better to use W3C standards rather than the standards which may look good.

3. Problem with the ‘Full Web’

The Full Web is the web pages that you see on your PC web browser. Mobile platforms usually cannot support the full web as they need powerful graphics card and a good memory space for that. This creates a major problem. Most users like the create that full web. Apple confirms that if the iPad had to support flash then it would not be as good as it is now.

4. Reliability, Security and Performance

“Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.”

says Jobs.

This is a major concern to Apple. Many users have complained that the products that support Flash are really unstable and insecure. To remove this threat to the iPad, they completely eradicated Flash from the scene.

5. Battery Life

To achieve long battery life when playing video, mobile devices must decode the video in hardware; decoding it in software uses too much power. Flash is software !

6. Compatibility of Versions

Not all Flash sites use the latest version of Flash. The newer versions of Flash include H.264 decoder, but not all flash content will use this decoder. The decoder used depends on the version of flash used. If a web designer uses an old version of flash to create his site, then the flash decoder used will be old. The older the version, the more stress on battery life too.

7. Apple Touch Technology

Flash was meant for PC’s using mice, not mobile gadgets with touch screen. Apple’s touch technology is one of the best in the world. Have you noticed how responsive apple’s touch devices are ? Apple could surely not afford to risk its touch technology.

8. Flash is an external app

This according to Steve Jobs is the most important reason. He lays a lot of emphasis on it. Using external apps and third party layered software could really kill Apple. Its really not easy to apply third party apps in the iPad. For this reason, the iPad clearly discarded flash.

Did you miss out on our post: WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF GRAPHICS ? We’ve explained what alternatives could be better than flash in that post.
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RIP Flash – What is the future of Graphics?

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RIP Computer Flash

Flash, originally made by Macromedia and now continued by Adobe Systems, is a multimedia platform that is popular for adding animation and interactivity to web pages. Flash has always been popular as it gave interactivity to boring old web pages. Day by day Flash has got better and heavier. Now it seems its too heavy. Time to discard it….

Flash was the best platform to build graphical applications. But with the day by day demand for slimmer and trimmer software has increased. This simple means that we want an all in one software. That we are getting, Operating Systems are coming inbuilt with the necessary software, other software are coming with pre-built extras. But the main problem is that these are heavy…

But this is not the case with HTML5. It may be an all in one language, but surely its not heavy.

Did you see the release of the Apple iPad ? Its selling for upto 700$ and still it does not have flash. Yet its better without flash. Apple’s sales of the iPad was just unbelievable. There were so many people wanting the iPad that Apple actually had to stop the pre-ordering of the iPad online before its official release !! Everyone was ready to buy a gadget without flash. There’s the end of flash with Apple.

How about Youtube ? Youtube is going to HTML5. Presently its only for developers but soon HTML5 will be the standard for YouTube.

Macromedia Adobe Flash

With HTML5 in the run, Lets say our last words to flash..

Oh flash, how you used to fry my processor and provide me with amazing high quality graphics which would make my computer crash. Now no more of you buddy, I’m going clever developer. I’ll attend your funeral for sure. Good Bye and Rest In Peace.

Going into the next generation, lets see what the future of graphics holds for us….

1. 3D graphics in web browsers

Chrome 3D

Check out our post on Chaaps of Chrome going 3D:
Google Chrome in 3D – First Ever Browser in 3D

Not to forget flying images in Internet Explorer 9 developer preview:
Microsoft releases IE9 Platform Preview

2. Operating Systems to support better graphics

Windows 7 was Microsoft’s most successful operating system yet. It was liked by everyone, especially people working in Gaming industry and other graphic mobility stations.

Here’s AMD’s views of Windows 7:
AMD and Windows 7

Here’s nVidia’s views of Windows 7:
Nvidia and Windows 7

Basically all graphic industries were excited about Windows 7 because it enabled multitasking with superior graphics. If this was Windows 7 then you can surely expect more in Windows 8.

Windows 8

There were quite some rumour’s that the next version of Windows i.e. Windows 8 is going to be 128 bit and this OS will give High Definition Graphics and at the same time be lightweight. If these rumours are true then you can be sure to see HD graphics in Windows 8 !!

3. Gadgets

iPad shipping pack

The trend is starting from the iPad. HTML5 is entering gadgets. No longer will your mobile phone support flash, its upgrading to developer flash. Companies such as nokia and blackberry have already started working on HTML5 to see the possibilities.

Check out this post:
Start Building Your iPad Apps

Can you see the a racing game running in the iPad. Hope you can guess that its a flash game !! A flash game in the iPad running on just HTML5. That’s the potential of HTML5 !!

4. Advanced Languages

HTML5 Punch

HTML5 is just the beginning. After that we can expect newer versions of xHTML, Java, JavaScript, etc. With the focus on user interface, graphics is slowly being integrated into most well known programming languages.

This post was an extension of a previous post:
Will Flash Die because of HTML5

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Start Building your iPad apps

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SDK apple blue print

Apple will be releasing the iPad somewhat in the next month i.e. April 2010. Are you ready for the release ?

No doubt the release will be grand. But its gonna be even more grand if you are going to use your own applications for this release.

Here’s a last minute opportunity for developers. If you’ve missed the opportunity of building an iPad app.

The iPad apps are based on iPhone app creator SDK, so if you’ve already made an app for the iPhone then it should work with the iPad as well.

The SDK is available on the Apple store:
iPad SDK

An article on Gizmodo suggests how simple iPad apps may look like:
What a few simple iPad apps may look like

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For using this SDK you need to be an apple developer. In case you’re not, you need not worry. Taplynx will do the job for you.

In case you want to know what an app will look like, see this video:
My First iPad App

These apps have revealed some secrets of apple. Check out this video to know the full details:
Apple iPad SDK reveals some secrets

So it does seem that Apple is not blind. Apple does have some tricks up its sleeve. Its giving developers the chance to make iPad apps for future versions of the iPad as well !!

If you’re quite advanced, here’s what you can do with the SDK:
iPad apps games

iPad flash

Though there were many rejections about the iPad not having flash, you have to re-think. Flash player is getting heavier by the day. Apple has already managed to put up loads of things in the iPad. Expecting flash is a little too much. But some rumors to reveal that the later versions of the iPad is going to have flash support, but not Adobe flash. This flash player will be much lighter. Is this just a rumor or is apple really getting a head start ? In fact, the iPad already supports basic flash.

Here are articles which states why the iPad does not need flash:
A flash developer on why the iPad cant use flash
Apple iPad will not have flash

Adobe systems has even written a blog post on how to make iPad apps with flash:
Build iPad apps with flash

This article was even featured on techcrunch:
Apple iPad will support flash

From all these applications that are coming up, you can be sure the iPad is going to be a better success than thought before. The cost of the iPad was considered a little too high, but seeing the number of applications available has made even more people pre-order it.

You should check out the cool new features the iPad apps have to offer. This is one thing that’ll make the iPad much better than the iPhone !!! Even though the iPad may not support some things, iPad apps will….

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Will Flash Die Because of html5 ?

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Flash based websites are created with lotta contemplations and planning. One simply cannot start a flash based web site without analysing the target audience. It is really surprising to know there are hundreds of users who have no idea about flash.Ask youtube bug report system . Ppl complain you tube is not working without installing flash. Though flash doesn give one complete independence . Its users responsibility or rather capability to install flash in his/her system.Hence the complete solution is missing.

One might ask why doesn’t Browsers come with inbuilt flash . Well i guess we need to wait for adobe to give the go ahead for that. Recently apple release I-Pad which doesn support flash. That raised the whole question of “Why make a Internet device without flash ? Well the answer is quite simple they need not . Why ? because flash doesn necessarily have to define the future of Internet. Face it Flash is third party application. Is apple killing flash ? Well that a whole different topic to be discussed !! Flash is powerful.No kidding. At wat cost is the debate.The ide for flash cs4 cost 700$.while that of developing html 5 app cost only brain power and a simple notepad. Html 5 is the new kid in the block.

Much about the power of html 5 is unknown to many web developer. With html 5 the most complex task can be done in minimal code. Abstractness is brought to a new level.The main drawback of html 5 is that it consumes lotta processing power. Is it just the systems i tried it on or a defect of html 5 .I’m not sure but the power of html 5 is very apparent. Web applications are dependant on technologies like .net,php,java,flex,flash .The best out there aren necessarily gonna be around in sometime. Just check out these example of html 5 presented in google summer code. I’m sure some of you will be amazed !

http://html5demos.com/

I just finished doing a simple app in html5 and trust me guys it is really neat.I have almost come to conclusion that html5 can give adobe run . Hold on. This doesn mean that flash is gonna disappear !! .For sometime till end of this year at least i ‘m sure flash based apps will continue to grow. But the indications are that Flash’s code-base has grown quite inflexible, if adobe doesn pick up pace and push new features the consequence may be bad for adobe.

check out this link  (Adobe working to sabotage HTML5)

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/02/14/adobe_working_to_sabotage_html5.html

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