Adobe Is Finally Killing The Flash Name

Adobe Is Finally Killing the Flash Name

Steve Jobs was right. Flash never stood a chance of surviving in the same world as HTML5. And now, nearly five years after Steve Jobs shared his thoughts, Adobe is finally laying the name to rest. Farewell, Flash Professional. Hello, Adobe Animate.

News of Flash's demise arrived in the subtext of an official Adobe announcement for the new Animate CC. The application essentially looks like an update to the Flash Professional software -- albeit with a greater emphasis on HTML5 and a reduced emphasis on, well, Flash. The software launches in January 2016 and will still support Flash. However, since an increasingly large portion of the content created in with Flash software uses actually HTML5, Adobe's software should continue to evolve away from the clunky old Flash standard.

In related news, the new Adobe Animate software looks pretty awesome. And unlike cranky old Flash content, web browsers will actually support the animations you make with it! You should also disable Flash when you get a chance. You'll thank us later.


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    Flash software uses actually HTML5
    Yeah you might want to fix that.

    And the title... it's Flash Professional... not the usual Flash that most people know.

    They should have appealed to the retro cool hipster folk and renamed it "Future Splash Animator".

    "And now, nearly five years after Steve Jobs shared his thoughts"

    Lol, yeah, shared his thoughts and pretty much guaranteed they'd come to fruition by banning flash from his platform and depriving flash developers of a crucial market.

    Yeah, and I can cleverly predict you will run out of fuel.. If I buy all the petrol stations...

    Either way, good riddance to Flash. Another nail in it's coffin...

      Flash is dead, long live the replacement resource hogging, annoying ad-delivering, security hole making HTML5.
      Nothing really changes that much, we just swap one thing for another. I suppose the main change that adobe will get less cash... Adobe controlling the rich content delivery part of the web is probably what annoyed jobs more than security issues.

        The good thing about Flash was you could turn it off. Now how to turn HTML5 off?

          Good point! It's really tricky to get rid of invasive and annoying HTML5 content.
          We have these people saying "Oh java and flash is SO bad!" but they were also both very easy to shut off and work around. You could turn them on and off when you needed. But now...?

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