Here’s another kick. This time coming from Adobe aimed at the shins, so its more like a sweep than a real high kick, as AIR is set to arrive on Android and Blackberry phones. AIR is that handy-dandy format that Flash or Flex can export out to, basically its an application, you just need to have the AIR program to run AIR apps. And calling an AIR file an application is often times a stretch. If you wanted to launch Flash, draw a square onstage, and publish an AIR file, you could.
And to reiterate my feelings on all this Adobe/Apple stuff: I don’t see any of it mattering in the long run. 10 years from now, Apple will still have its App Store packed to the brim with new apps and Adobe will still have Flash as its flagship program which publishes to a dozen formats for the web and otherwise. The fun part of this fight is reading the articles of tech-guy and gals which I would have thought had more common sense than to say things like “Flash is in its death kneel”. But take note of anyone claiming epic defeats like that, because their prediction-meter is set to “Nostra-dummy”
I’ve read a lot of stats recently about percentages of sites that use Flash as a factor in this issue. And duh, it is. But I haven’t really read anyone talking about Flash thriving as a development tool. Sure, I’ll bitch when it crashes, but its a damn good piece of software. And it fills a massive void in Adobe’s suite of tools. Without Flash, what in Adobe’s product line would replace it? After Effects? No, thats overkill for web work. Photoshop or Illustrator? Both underkill. What Flash does quickly, and cleanly for web animation, gaming, and simple-t0-advanced interaction isn’t available anywhere else. And is Apple going to offer up an alternative, hugely-liked development tool because its products don’t play Flash content. No.
Remind yourself how smart Adobe was to buy up Macromedia a few years ago. They certainly didn’t buy Macromedia for Director, Fireworks and my precious little Sound Edit 16. They bought Macromedia for Flash, and Dreamweaver sweetened the deal. And why is Flash such a great program? It satisfies three types of users really quickly …
- Dummies can amaze themselves with it.
- Super-smarties can amaze others with it.
- Everyone in the middle can do a little of both. “Ohh” and “aww” at some easy animation they made, or feel super smart for a day or two when they code something they didn’t think they could.
And with good software like Flash, the circle of learning goes like this… dummies get smarter, the mid-level users eventually become super-smarties. And new dummies discover the program everyday.
Plus it exports to every damn format in the world. Swf, Pict, Jpg, Gif, Animated Gif, Illustrator, PNG, Quicktime, Image sequences, Windows Projector (.exe), Mac Projector, AIR, and soon-to-be-tested iPhone App. It is the Swiss-Army knife of Adobe’s creative products.
So for anyone out there writing “Flash is on its death-bed”, you are out of touch. Also if anyone wants to learn Flash, here’s a great website.… =)