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Adobe Flash Player Gets a New Web Animation Tool to Match HTML5 Content

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If the late Steve Jobs were still alive, he would probably be smiling to himself as Adobe has just announced that it will be switching the tool that makes Flash Player from Flash Professional CC to Animate CC.

The goal behind this move is probably to show its real that developers are no using this tool when creating high-quality HTML5 content. According to Adobe, “more than a third of all content” that runs on HTML5 is created by Animate CC.

Despite the recent ups and downs that Adobe Flash Player has been going through, no one can doubt the fact that this small application has been at the heart of the growth of the internet to what it is now. The application runs on millions of PCs as well as websites without the users noting it, but without the app, it would have been impossible for an awful lot of things on the web to run the way they do.

Adobe acknowledged the role Flash had played in pushing the web forward when announcing this change. However, the tech giant also admitted that its closest rival HTML5 has grown to become “the web platform of the future across multiple devices.”

Flash Player has on many occasions been criticized for its issues on security matters thanks to the fact that it was prone to hacks and malware. On the other hand, HTML5 has come into positive reception, with many claiming that it is a lot friendlier to laptop battery units.

Flash Player is going nowhere

Adobe has promised that the new upgrade from Flash Professional CC to Animate CC will take place this coming January. In addition to this, the company also said that it will roll out an HTML5 video player designed for desktop web browsing environment.

If you thought that finally Flash Player is going away, well, sorry to inform you that it is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. You will still come across content asking Flash Player to open or view them. The update to Animate CC will ensure that Flash Player now supports Flash creation as well as HTML5, 4K video, WebGL and SVG.

As mentioned earlier, Steve Jobs would be leading by one score against Adobe’s zero thanks to the fact that his Thoughts on Flash have finally been implemented. Apple dropped the use of Flash Player on Macs five years ago while this player is nowhere near Cupertino’s iPads and iPhones, with the iOS platform largely dependent on open standards such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS.