While doing a review of 8 free online photo editors and some of the best online graphic tools, I discovered the resurrection and renaissance of Flash. You know Flash, the animation tool axe-slashed and left for dead by His Silicon Valley Holiness, Steve J. Steve emphatically did not want a cross platform development tool that worked on iOS, Linux and x86 Windows – So Flash Got Steve Slashed.
And Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen essentially conceded to Apple and Jobs. No legal action was taken to open up Flash on iOS. And so support for Flash has effectively gone underground in the Adobe product line.The results for a crippled product line have been remarkable.
Flash Player and AIR are still alive as is Flash Builder. Almost stealthily, AIR continues to prosper and has been voted Best Mobile Application Development Product 2 years in a row at the Consumer Electronics Show[CES 2014 and CESs2015]. And the Flash and AIR apps in games, education, and entertainment among other categories has lead to 100 thousand Flash/AIR apps used on 1 billion devices. See the showcase here.
Flash itself has been renamed Animate CC and still has a muddled output spectrum including WebGL, HTML5, SWF, SVG, AIR and other platforms. But despite this development turmoil, out in the online world, Flash Player developers have delivered some great online apps. Click on a slide to goto the app:
Simply put,Flash fell victim to an imperious and self-serving technical assassin. Despite this gross misfortune, Flash has managed to prosper. The proof is AIR which runs very well on Apple iOS devices today.The proof is the many and largely free online apps on display in the slideshow above. Flash ideas and methods not just survive, but thrive in a very competitive online marketplace.