Adobe Blinks at Flash, Embraces the HTML5 Future

In a move rich with symbolism as well as marking a shift in technology focus, Adobe recently renamed Flash Professional, their major development tool. They now call it Animate. Considering the bad publicity the obsolete Flash player continues to receive for being a resource hog and a proverbial welcome mat for cyber crime, this is a move long overdue.

While the Animate tool is still able to create Flash animations, and Flash Professional could target an HTML5 deployment, it’s obvious Adobe is finally seeing the light. The Flash platform’s security holes and general incompatibility with the mobile Internet makes HTML5 the best option for web-based interaction both now and in the future. Let’s look more closely at Adobe’s shift in strategy.

HTML5 over Flash

Adobe Develops HTML5 Desktop Video Player

A new HTML5 desktop video player is another item on Adobe’s project list, although it probably won’t garner much buzz in the industry as modern browsers are already able to handle the web standard. The growing migration away from the desktop to mobile makes a desktop HTML5 player seem like a case of too little, too late.

Since Animate is able to successfully target HTML5, developers working with the tool are able to create animations capable of running on billions of devices — mobile, desktop, or even videogame systems. Ultimately, Adobe will be able to leverage their customer base of Flash programmers, knowing their skills aren’t as obsolete as the Flash runtime.

Animate will be available early in 2016. The tool follows the Creative Cloud license model the company uses for its other web-based graphic design products. Instead of actually purchasing the program, users pay a monthly fee for access to the primarily Cloud-based software.

HTML5’s Future is Now

There remains little doubt that HTML5’s future is upon us. For example, if you need to perform an Internet speed test when at home or traveling, HTML5-based solutions allow you to run that test within a browser whether you are on a desktop, tablet, PlayStation, Xbox, or a smartphone. No longer do you have to deal with downloading an app, or trying to get Flash to work on an iPhone or new Android phone.

While the name change of Adobe’s major developer tool is partially symbolic, it truly means the death of Flash is finally nigh. It is a victory for open web standards against proprietary software incompatible with today’s Internet.