About Adobe Flash Player
Adobe flash player is a plugin offered by Adobe and is popular for viewing SWF content across the web. SWF stands for shockwave flash format that was developed by Macromedia and later aquired by Adobe.
Flash is a platform built to allow developers and designers the power to create rich graphics and media content that can be served across web pages and or embedded into applications.
With the rise of the internet and demand for rich multimedia content on the web, Adobe flash player became a major plugin and was embedded in all major web browsers.
Even today you can find many websites still using flash based content to serve web based games or rich experiences to showcase their products.
HTML 5 Arrives
Adobe Flash Player is primarily for the browser is available and is also free to download and enables users to view SWF content either from the web or their respective operating systems.
Help for Adobe Flash Player Arrives
Due to several vulnerabilities, flash content has been systematically eradicated over the past few years.
The popularity of Flash based platforms for developing rich media content became a standard for developers and designers a decade back when web based technologies significantly lacked necessary features like vector graphics, 2D/3D content, media processing and animations.
Flash player has been Professionaly provided by Adobe to create SWF content…
“one of the most advanced integrated design and development environment used for building sophisticated interfaces”
…ranging from web and desktop based games to applications with rich graphics and interactions.
Most online games ranging from sudoku to board and card games have been built using Adobe Flash Player’s plugin and have integrated with external services to provide users a seamless and enjoyable experience.
The tiny file sizes due to vector graphics and seamless animations made Flash Player an extremely popular option for media houses and development agencies alike.
Flash’s Downward Spiral into the Abyss
Although Flash player based content became extremely popular since its release, it has also been criticized for numerous factors ranging from privacy and security issues that have plagues the development environment leading to data breach and loss of critical information.
As Flash Player has to be installed as a plugin, many legacy browsers on Linux based systems did not include the plugin by default in their early days. This meant users had to manually install the plugin before viewing the content.
Due to the lack of alternative development methodologies to implement similar rich graphics experiences, users were often forced to install or abandon Flash based applications and websites altogether.
The local data storage feature in Flash apps made it prone to many privacy and security related issues. As flash player works as an external plugin along with a browser, it didn’t always respect a browser’s privacy settings.
The inability to update flash player along with vulnerabilities and privacy concerns often led users away from the Flash based environment.
Bugs in Flash based websites and applications often led to higher resource consumption on the device leading to battery drain.
The decline of flash player began when Steve Jobs wrote an open letter on why Flash will not be supported by Apple devices and that HTML 5 would son replace it.
Then browser manufacturers also steered away from the Flash ecosystem and now most major browsers have disabled the Flash Plugin by default. Although users can enable the embedded plugin, it is recommended not to do so.
Numerous other disadvantages and factors finally led major industry players to discard Flash player for better web technologies that now power the internet in a secure and protected environment. Other Flash based environments for application development like Adobe Flex were also launched by Adobe in the meantime.
Flex based applications are still being used in certain industries where interface design and rich media content play a vital role in user experience.
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