This Week's Sponsor:

Listen Later

Listen to Articles as Podcasts

Adobe Releases Its Flash To HTML5 Conversion Tool

Adobe has released its Flash to HTML5 conversion tool to its Adobe Labs website for designers and developers to easily produce HTML5 (and thus iOS compatible) content from a Flash project. John Nack, the Principal Product Manager at Adobe said back in October last year (when the tool was announced) that Adobe’s goal was to “Cut the cost of targeting multiple runtimes & we’ll deliver real wins”.

The tool, codenamed “Wallaby” is limited and far from complete but it should work fine with most Flash banner ads, however projects utilizing ActionScript are currently not supported by the tool. The tool allows simple drag and drop conversion and Adobe says that it “allows you to reuse and extend the reach of your content to devices that do not support the Flash runtimes.”

Whilst Adobe is not at all backing off from backing Flash, it certainly seems that they have been forced into implementing HTML5 support in order to please its customers who see the wide usage of devices such as the iPad and iPhone which don’t support Flash. It is also evident that at least part of Steve Job’s ‘Thoughts on Flash’ article from last April is coming true;

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

[Via The Loop]

Unlock More with Club MacStories

Founded in 2015, Club MacStories has delivered exclusive content every week for over six years.

In that time, members have enjoyed nearly 400 weekly and monthly newsletters packed with more of your favorite MacStories writing as well as Club-only podcasts, eBooks, discounts on apps, icons, and services. Join today, and you’ll get everything new that we publish every week, plus access to our entire archive of back issues and downloadable perks.

The Club expanded in 2021 with Club MacStories+ and Club Premier. Club MacStories+ members enjoy even more exclusive stories, a vibrant Discord community, a rotating roster of app discounts, and more. And, with Club Premier, you get everything we offer at every Club level plus an extended, ad-free version of our podcast AppStories that is delivered early each week in high-bitrate audio.

Choose the Club plan that’s right for you:

  • Club MacStories: Weekly and monthly newsletters via email and the web that are brimming with app collections, tips, automation workflows, longform writing, a Club-only podcast, periodic giveaways, and more;
  • Club MacStories+: Everything that Club MacStories offers, plus exclusive content like Federico’s Automation Academy and John’s Macintosh Desktop Experience, a powerful web app for searching and exploring over 6 years of content and creating custom RSS feeds of Club content, an active Discord community, and a rotating collection of discounts, and more;
  • Club Premier: Everything in from our other plans and AppStories+, an extended version of our flagship podcast that’s delivered early, ad-free, and in high-bitrate audio.