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    Why use Flash?

    I am not being cocky.
    I actually learned some Flash in college (and some AS) and totally love it, but as I know that you can't view it on Apple products, I am wondering where it is used. I mean it must still be popular, as there are so many people in this forum.

    I am also getting into JS and jQuery. Is there a way to embed it in jQuery?

    Just very curious and have been meaning to ask for quite a while. Thank you in advance for any responses.

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    Could you explain what what you mean by "Flash Design"?

    I mean I have created simple "Flash" headers, etc, but as I said, they can't be viewed on "Apple" products. I think Flash is awesome, BUT how (or for what) are people using it, I mean, it seems senseless, if half of viewers cannot see it. I really am interested.

    I like playing with Flash, but am just wondering how (or why) I would use it. Thank you.

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    Flash is Adobe's browser plug in player which plays .swf files. Flash is a vector animation software, originally designed to create animations for display on web pages. Vector graphics are ideal for the web because they are so lightweight.
    In my humble opinion, I would use Flash to create a presentation that is similar to a television commercial. This type of presentation is something where the user sits back and enjoys the show as the Flash movie delivers the message to the client with animation, sound, and possibly video.

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    Thank you Andy, but is there a way to create Flash "swf's" so they can be viewed on "Apple" products?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggweezer View Post
    Thank you Andy, but is there a way to create Flash "swf's" so they can be viewed on "Apple" products?
    No. Apple don't allow those files to run on their devices - you need to supply the data in a different format that can be played on those devices - the <video> tag and the formats it supports is a possible solution.
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    Thank you. I will have to check out that avenue (swf convertor). Excellent.
    I enjoy playing with Flash (for banners, etc).

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    Previously, developers preferred to use flash, but at the moment I feel JavaScript is more suitable than Flash.*

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    That is kind of what I thought. Thanks much.

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    Flash doesn't work in native Apple, but it does with the other 95% of the world.

    An advantage of Flash over javascript is about 5% of the people turn javascript off so it is worthless to them.

    Adobe is evolving and with HTML5 things might be changing. And this from a guy that has been coding in FLEX for the past few years.
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    Boy, I can see how it is so easy to go back and forth on this. I figured that a lot more than 5% of the world used Ipods and Ipads.

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    Thank you for your response, and I love flash, but I still don't why one would use it on a website if flash cannot be viewed on any apple products, and I am sure that Apple must hold more than 5% of the market... iphones, ipods, i pads, etc.

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    Flash is a huge slice of the market. That's why one would use it.

    Flash games alone are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in marketability. Go to http://kongregate.com/ if you want to know what I mean. That site has hundreds of thousands of users every day, and is part of the Gamestop network. So regardless of whether or not Apple users are using the site, it's still a huge cash cow.
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    wow didn't know it doesn't work on Apple devices, are they trying to kill it or what?
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    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.
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