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Flash Marks Tenth Anniversary

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Flash technology has moved from an illustrator program for Tablet PCs to being the most popular way to embed audio and video content on the World Wide Web; it may be on the way to bringing an end to the Ajax phenomenon that has pervaded throughout numerous recent Internet startups.

Wired News reported the tenth anniversary of Flash ticked by on August 8th. Its history has taken it from a future in the Tablet PC niche to placement on millions of computers worldwide.

Figures from a NPD Online survey cited by Adobe claim a penetration of almost 98 percent of the global personal computer market. Flash has become a choice of developers and content providers in a very broad fashion.

That adoption probably can be traced to technology changes made to Flash over the years. Mike Downey, Flash senior product manager, said in Wired News that the addition of the scripting engine, ActionScript, and video support in versions 4, 5, and 6 respectively, has driven Flash over time.

Online video on sites like YouTube and others can be embedded thanks to Flash. The increase of broadband usage in the US and other places has pushed the demand for video and rich media content. Flash has benefited from this shift.

Adobe interviewed a number of developers and designers for its Flash Anniversary website. Developer Aran Balkan predicted that within ten years, Ajax developers would ditch that methodology for Flash:

As far as rich Internet applications and occasionally connected applications are concerned, we will see a mass exodus as Ajax developers embrace the cross-platform support, simpler workflow, and elegant toolset provided by Flex.

Myths are being shattered daily as the Flash platform grows from strength to strength with massive improvements in the areas of accessibility, performance, and development workflow.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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