Envy is oppressive for some, a need for others. Simply questioning change tells you a lot. Adobe Flash's destiny comes quickly on the horizon. This technology was initially so prized by all is now out of breath. Are we witnessing the end of the flash?
When it comes to the internet and new technologies, rumors are always dramatic and each new assumption about the survival of a particular process sound more fatal than the last. Should we give in to panic? Let's be careful and let us ask the right questions before deciding.
The prudent assumption sees the increasingly frequent use of HTML5 and CSS3 as a hurdle for Flash. The online magazine, Wired, is decisive and wishes her death, going as far as to encourage its readers to disable the option on their browser to read it. The experts agree: Flash provides access to a variety of tools to create a visually appealing website for visitors. This "attraction" which was yet to be an advantage has gradually turned into a thorn. The abuse of animations and content by some designers -it does not help that they are, mostly, non-professional - adds heaviness when visiting sites. The frantic pace of our society does not allow the time, people want to access content quickly. The nails are constantly added to the Flash's coffin. While searching for information and using mobile applications increase, it is impossible to consult a site in Flash on a mobile device. Ask any Apple customer. The Adobe technology is useless on the iPad, iPhone or Mac. The problems are multiplying, and Apple had decided long ago to dissociate, rather than conform. Let us remember the open letter from Steve Jobs. It raises concerns about the use of Flash that are shared and raised by many experts and users.
Many have criticized Flash on the grounds of security. Symantec, a company that specializes in computer security software, has repeatedly stressed the vulnerability of this technology. In July 2015, Adobe faced a new problem concerning its Flash Player. The Italian computer security firm, Hacking Team, suffered a major breach that exposed its data. Among these data, a code for a problem of Flash Player. Adobe has quickly became aware of this vulnerability and tried to handle the situation. This breach within Hacking Team revealed some of Adobe's weaknesses. This example is only one among many others. Apple, designers and users have decided to leave out such a vulnerable technology. In addition to security issues, it should be noted that Flash also thrashes the life of the battery. As mobile devices need to be efficient at all times, decryption of Flash sites require too much processing power.
One last chance for Flash?
Give up or try?
If you opt for a fully or partially Flash site, you must ensure that you take into consideration the users on mobile devices that do not have access. We must not neglect this aspect, as we recall, the mobile devices are the most used now. It will also optimize your website for search engines. We must therefore think about what you want to create. Think about how you want the user to interact with your site. A website promoting a movie or a video game will not appeal to the same technologies that online store or corporate site. We think Flash has simply become a tool that is reserved for a niche market.