The Internet age is among us; people from all over will spend a significant portion of their free time online by either sharing their life with family and friends or surfing random websites. These days, organizations have finally noticed the amazing potential provided by the World Wide Web and how having access to it connects them with a global marketplace. However, it is not solely about a site’s content; it is the manner in which a site’s content is shown to the world.
Introducing Flash. Flash is the name of a software created by Macromedia; this popular software is meant to make graphics-based animation programs. Graphic illustrations, full-screen navigation, support sound and two-way interaction are all offered by Flash. Flash graphics are also regarded for their super-fast download speed due to their vector-based animations. Also contributing to the speed of downloading are the compact and small files made for an optimum viewing experience.
HTML, or Hyper Text Markup Language, is also meant for interactive purpose via the use of embedded objects and images. In January of this year, HTML5 was thrust into the spotlight when it was discovered that the iPad by Apple was unable to support Flash. The assumption was that since Flash needs a plug-in that is downloaded into a browser, it was inferior to HTML5 as HTML5 runs without any plug-ins. Numerous test were ran in order to determine what application worked better with various browsers. The results confirmed that HTML5 worked more efficiently than Flash 10 when used in Safari. But Flash was the front runner in Google Chrome, boasting a 58 percent efficiency rate. However, there was no difference between the two when used in Mac browsers.
Even though Flash is said to be more expensive and intricate than HTML5, there are many features that should not be overlooked. Developers who use Flash have more flexibility in categories such as live audio, video recording, 3D object rotation and video conferencing than those who prefer HTML5. Also, Flash is number one in video gaming, making it the choice of X-Box, Nintendo and PlayStation for web browser playability and online emulation. Byte-level pre-loading that helps people track a game’s loading progress, multi-player games, multi-touch support, web-cam pixel-data reading and timeline animation are all provided by Flash.
Even though it is entirely possible that HTML5 may arrive at Flash’s doorstep in the future, Flash is the top contender for now. So whether you want to enrich your website-viewing experience or draw a large following, the Flash plug-in beautifully fits the bill.