The Advantages of HTML5 over Flash
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The Advantages of HTML5 over Flash

In this article I will explain to you the advantages of HTML5 over flash. As everyone knows, flash is owned by Abode and is freely available. HTML5 is a new open source platform created by many developers. Apple seems to be in favor of HTML5 since it runs better on their computers and mobile devices. Will other companies soon follow?

Hello, in this article I will explain to you the advantages of HTML5 over flash. As everyone knows, flash is owned by Abode and is freely available. HTML5 is a new open source platform created by many developers. Apple seems to be in favor of HTML5 since it runs better on their computers and mobile devices. Will other companies soon follow?

Flash was created in the 1990s to run internet applications. It was mainly used on desktop PCs. And of course, it was eventually ported to Mac OSX. Now flash is used on laptops and desktops alike, but its been causing some issues with Mac laptops and mobile devices. Flash doesn’t work well with Mac OSX, causing the CPU to work much harder than it needs to when running flash applications. And of course when the CPU is working harder, it uses more power, and drains the battery faster. Thats only one of the reasons why flash isn’t good for laptops or mobile devices.

The reason why flash isn’t working well in the modern world is because it was created for a different type of computer. The desktop PC. So when Abode designed flash, they didn’t think of power consumption, overheating or touch screen compatibility. Now that was fine in the 1990s, but today everything is mobile. Laptops, mobile phones and tablet computers all became widespread a long time after flash was created. And HTML5 was built in the modern world for the modern world. We can’t keep using flash forever...

HTML5 does not cause any of the problems flash does. The main problems with flash that are not present in HTML5 are: Overheating, battery drain and touchscreen issues. YouTube now has a HTML5 Beta running, so you can choose to watch most videos in HTML5 instead of flash. If you use YouTube try it out to see the difference between flash and HTML5!

Since Apple and a few other big companies are going for flash, HTML5 looks like the future for internet applications. This means Abode has a choice to make. They can either refuse to accept HTML5, or they can ditch flash and start to develop it. If Abode doesn’t, some other company will. So this is their chance to make it or break it.

Thanks for reading, and I hope this article gave you some useful information about HTML5 and flash!  By the way, if you liked this article you also might like "Alternatives to using flash on your Mac"

 

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Comments (7)
Ryan

Using Ubuntu, Flash and HTML 5 seem to take up about about the same percentage (about 45 percent) of my four cores. Neither seem efficient to me.

I agree, that flash is pretty slow and buggy, but at the moment, HTML5 is garbage. It is so much slower and buggier than flash. Animations run smoother on flash than on html5, especially on mobile devices. Really, I feel that both of them need serious improvement.

@Barath Balu: I don't find HTML5 to be too buggy... Although it will be better than flash in the long run =D

Nils W

Hey, thanks for your post.

Unfortunately Flash is used for alot more things than just displaying video content. Think of the hundreds of games found on the internet, they all rely on Flash. I highly doubt that HTML5 can replace that.

Yes, I suppose HTML5 is better for .H2something video playback, atleast when they keep improving it. But it's featureset is currently too limited to power the popular 'Flash games' found on the internet. That's why I fail to understand why Steve Jobs completely wants to ban Flash. Flash is more than just video playback and simple animations. ;-)

Swapnil Patil

Hey Noodleman,

Thanks for your post, but i am totally disagree with the way you describe flash, as Nils describe flash does lots of things.

Regarding flash mobile support, i think might be your are not aware about the flash/AIR support on android and Mac. it also supports multiple gusture. what else do u want..? There are lots of thing you can achive using flash over HTML 5.

Swapnil Patil

Hey Noodleman,

Thanks for your post, but i am totally disagree with the way you describe flash, as Nils describe flash does lots of things.

Regarding flash mobile support, i think might be your are not aware about the flash/AIR support on android and Mac. it also supports multiple gusture. what else do u want..? There are lots of thing you can achive using flash over HTML 5.

Brian L.

I don't understand this world's tendency to not employ options. Why does Flash have to be rendered obsolete necessarily? Everything's not "either or"--sometimes "and" is most useful. Just employ HTML5 for the things that'll benefit from its advantages, AND employ Flash for the things that benefit from its advantages. HTML5 offers some unique advantages over Flash, particularly with mobile apps and internet applications. But Flash still currently has the advantages over HTML5 in terms of giving you access to both web cam and and audio recording, and Flash still does live streaming content better than HTML5 (faster and prevents people from downloading it). Flash seems a bit faster to me than HTML5 is at its current stage as well.

Also, about the point that Flash was developed for the desktop PC, I would like to mention that not every computer out there is a mobile device. Sometimes you NEED a powerful computer. Light-powered computers like tablets will not replace powerful computers. Overheating is no problem for a powerful computer. As a 3D modeler, I know. Flash is stronger than HTML5 at the moment, I need the streaming features of Flash, and I already know how to develop for Flash, so personally, I hope Flash stays around.

And on an ending note, I agree that both could be improved. The buggy conflicts with Flash updates while using Google Chrome are SO annoying.

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