As times change, technology changes and the world is introduced to new ideas. The World Wide Web is no better evidence that change and turn of events are constant and part of our experience every day.
Many web developers are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring interactivity to the web. With new methods like HTML5 and CSS3 starting to pop up, will old technology like flash disappear from the face of the internet?
Recently one of my colleagues, Anthony Calzadilla, created a really cool and innovative animation using nothing more than CSS3, which you can find here: AT-AT Walker from Star Wars.
He made this without the use of any animation programs; no Flash, Toon Boom or After Effects—and I’m not saying this just so everyone will start using CSS3 instead of Flash. My point: With the problems that do, in fact, come with Flash Animation, it is inevitable that web designers and developers will seek different and better solutions.
Will Flash become out-dated? To answer this question we have to look at what it is mainly used for, as well as look at what it lacks. Flash is best known for its ability to play videos on the web and for gaming, but one of the biggest internet video sites, YouTube, is slowly drifting away from Flash and working on ways to start implementing HTML5 into their website. If more sites start to follow YouTube’s path toward HTML5 where will that leave Flash?
The future is going to be pretty iffy for Flash because with HTML5 you can use a browser without Flash installed and still be able to watch videos and listen to audio. Currently the only browsers that can support this are Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Internet Explorer, but only if you have the Google Chrome Frame plug-in installed.