Adobe Says HTML 5 Won't Replace Flash
June 19, 2009 12:30 PM
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Open source advocates claim Adobe is showing open source animosity
When it comes to rich media on the Internet today, much of the media is powered by Adobe Flash. Flash has some competition like
, but Flash continues to be one of the most supported rich media applications.
The future of Flash is not as clear as it once was with Google touting the ability to support rich media applications online with HTML 5. For its part
Adobe insists that Flash will survive
HTML 5 and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen went so far as to dismiss HTML 5, reports
Narayen said, "[T]he fragmentation of browsers makes Flash even more important rather than less important."
Perhaps the most interesting demonstration that could put fear into the hearts of Adobe and its shareholder is the demonstration by Google at its developer conference of a YouTube prototype using HTML 5 instead of Flash.
Adobe's John Dowdell posted a blog comment in response to numerous headlines and Tweets that called HTML 5 a "Flash-killer." Dowdell called Apple, Google, and Mozilla "a consortium of minority browser vendors" and considered the absence of Flash on the iPhone and Silverlight technology as an endorsement of the technology.
Dowdell wrote, "Silverlight's launch helped boost the popularity of Flash. ... iPhone helped to radically increase the number of phones with Flash support."
Adobe has taken a defensive tact with regards to HTML 5 leading to speculation that the company may be more afraid of the technology that it wants to let on.
reports that some readers posted comments to Dowdell's blog calling the advocacy of Flash another sign of Adobe's "open standards animosity."
Adobe is trucking along in the poor global economy, but reported a 41% drop in profits for its last quarter. Despite the decline in profit the stock price remains steady, which
believes is a sign that investors see the drop in profits as due to the economy and not issues with the company or its offerings. Strategy
reported in February that MySpace and YouTube were
driving the adoption of some forms of Flash
. If YouTube movies to another platform it would be a significant blow to Adobe.
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RE: May be not replace but I hope force them to fix the issues in Flash...
6/24/2009 9:45:51 AM
Yeah, I'd say something else was going on, if it's Hulu related. Now, on my Laptop which uses a Pentium M 1.86 Ghz processor I cannot run Hulu HD fullscreen as the framerate drops to annoying levels and my CPU peaks, but it works flawlessly on my Vista PC with an Intel Q9300.
I know Adobe has announced plans to make use of the GPU in the future. However, really, it's like Adobe has their heads up their rears at this point. 64-Bit CPU's have been around for close to a decade now and Adobe STILL doesn't have 64 bit support for Windows (I believe they have an alpha client for Linux though.)
And I'm sure Nvidia had to put some massive pressure on Adobe to get them to work on the GPU processing. Nvidia's Ion and Tegra Platforms, which have lower powered CPU processing, but good GPU to allow full 1080p HD content on apps that use the GPU to render it, need Flash to use the power of the GPU to be marketable. Since these platforms are designed for multimedia use and Flash is a major part of that with sites like Hulu and YouTube.
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