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Adobe’s Wallaby converts Flash to HTML5

Consumed => “Adobe Releases Flash to HTML5 Conversion Tool” by Sarah Perez on ReadWriteWeb.

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“But the launch of Wallaby, a tool that takes Adobe’s Flash files and converts them into Web standards, seems sort of like the beginning of the end for the dominance of the Flash on the modern Web. It’s an acknowledgment that when Apple, boldly, perhaps even somewhat arrogantly, banned Flash from its mobile devices, it mattered. Would such a tool like Wallaby exist had Apple not made that move?”

HTML5 is what’s coming. There’s no denying that. And it’s certainly going to blur the necessity for Flash in some/many cases. Abobe can either hide their head in the sand, or push the Flash platform forward and continue to evolve its relevance.

Wallaby isn’t “the end”. Wallaby enables Flash developers to be more productive when the client says, “I could use blah blah blah in HTML5. Can you do that too?” By making the Flash platform more flexible and current standards aware Abobe is doing the right thing. It’s not a matter of the end, but what’s next.

For the record, I’m no fan of Flash. Actually, in theory I like the tool but the reality is it’s too often used to created heavy-handed UXs. I prefer to keep things simple. There’s usually a jQuery plugin that can thrill a bit, and also be easily updated via the CMS I’m using. I suppose this might also be possible with ActioScript but I’ve never had the want nor need to sort it out.

To each his/her own, right?

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