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    Apparently he found it lacking in performance and security.
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    The times its worth using Flash is ...... NEVER.
    Horrible proprietory stuff
    Best thing Steve Jobs did was stand up to Adobe

    It doesnt work well on anything but PCs, whereas html5 and java are pretty good on most devices

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    Quote Originally Posted by L0adOpt1c View Post
    Steve Jobs did not want it on Apple devices. There was some specific reason, but I can't quite recall. I'm pretty sure you could Google it.
    the sinister real reason is that it let you build rich apps that could compete with the app store, apple's main cash cow. anything else is just an official excuse. this is the same reason they cripple app-embeded safari compared to the safari on the same device with the url bar. it's about giving a leg-up to the folks who make them money. sadly, it leave folks like mark zuckerburg under the impression that HTML5 cannot deliver as good an app as objective-C.

    flash in general does still have a few tricks up its sleeve. as HTML5 becomes more compliant and available, it's advantages continue to wither away many of its former selling points.


    but, flash can do some cool stuff:
    • it can reliable deliver un-savable video to most computers
    • it can affect and reflect the system clipboard
    • a flash app's source code can be hidden much more so than JS+html
    • some computational operations are faster in ES4/AS3 than ES3/5
    • it can fetch remote resources that don't have CORS setup on their server
    • it has better and more available audio manipulation APIs than HTML5
    • AS3/ES4 features allow for writing more team-friendly code than JS
    • it can access the camera and microphone of the device



    note that firefox and chrome have many of these features, but they still need to dry out a bit before they are production-ready, flash is production-ready now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donna1 View Post
    The times its worth using Flash is ...... NEVER.
    Horrible proprietory stuff
    Best thing Steve Jobs did was stand up to Adobe

    It doesnt work well on anything but PCs, whereas html5 and java are pretty good on most devices
    Way to make a huge generalization. Flash has lots of uses. Making flash videos and games is the sole basis of lots of very profitable websites, I.E Newgrounds and Kongregate. What you said was incorrect.
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    Flash is an execellent plugin with its limitations,sure is not the best but neither is a cheap and nasty

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    It is and has always been an amazing way to make vector images. Even if you are creating a 2d game in one of those fancy game engines making your graphics (vector) in flash still out performs almost everything.
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    Some people say flash takes too long to load. I would say that as long as you use it for simple sites that would look too bare and empty in HTML, then it is fine. Once it has loaded, flicking through pages is incredibly quick. Some people say that flash is a security risk, but there are many safety features to stop flash doing any serious damage. Flash cannot write to any file other than XML files, and can only read from XML too. If you use flash for simple designs that won't take more than a couple of seconds to load, and you add a preloaded, then you are fine. You could reduce your file size - and therefore loading time - by externally loading images, and you can if necessary load some of the content while the animation is playing or the viewer is still viewing the home page. Flash needs to be used correctly to profit from a situation, so the designer needs to know when and how to use it to make it work.
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