Many of those who are familiar with computer graphics and gaming must have spent a whole lot of time with Adobe Flash. Those of you who have not, they also came across it at some point while surfing the internet or doing some assignment. But recently, its parent company Adobe declared that they are going to stop distributing Flash Player by the year 2020 and also stop upgrading the existing versions.
Though this comes as sad news for those who use it or are associated with the graphics industry, it is not really a surprise. It is more likely a nostalgia hit than an actual shocker.
Why Did Adobe Take This Decision?
Adobe Flash Player has been blocked by the major browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari for the last many months. This is mostly because of proven exploits of the version. It has been found to be vulnerable to security threats and actually to be breached by hackers.
But there are other reasons as well, which is the ultimate doom of everything – obsolescence. The reason why the withdrawal of Flash from the market does not come as a surprise is that it was long due. Almost every modern browser has been implemented with HTML 5 Standards. That leaves with little need for Adobe Flash Player any more.
Seems like every other software, Adobe Flash has had its run, and now it is really the time for it to retire. Want a proof? Take a look at MYLF, it’s brand new adult series that’s going to be launched later this summer. It features the most prominent mature porn stars in explicit action, but the thing is – all earlier productions of this studio has been delivered to end-user with Flash technology. Not anymore, the world if turning into HTML5 video playback and it’s exactly the thing with MYLF brand as well.
What Comes Next?
The major browser companies will all try to replace Flash as early as possible or convenient. Microsoft has announced that it will disable Flash by default in all their Edge and Internet Explorer versions from around mid-2019. Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox have both agreed to let Flash stay until the actual deadline of 2020. Google Chrome will continue using it for now because immediate removal will be quite impossible and inconvenient. But they plan to stop using it slowly.
What Are The Alternatives For Adobe Flash?
As mentioned earlier, HTML 5 has largely taken over the market of Adobe Flash. So obviously they are the first preference of all the websites all around the digital world. But there are others too. Light spark, GNU Gnash and Silverlight are some of the other names that can be heard. However, they cannot be called complete alternatives of Flash, as they have certain limitations in terms of Operating Systems they are eligible for and contents they can support. These are not as comprehensive as HTML 5. Many of the Flash-based content will probably not play with the later names.
What Does Adobe Have To Say About This?
The top brass at Adobe as well as the creators and designers had probably seen this coming. In the media announcement, the Adobe Spokesperson encouraged every content creator who is using Adobe Flash to switch to any of the other popular format to avoid any inconvenience.
Needless, many of them must have been wise to do that already.