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Html5 vs Flash

Written By Abhinab| 14 September 2012| No Comment

With Adobe Flash getting more complex and update centric people are bound to look for a complete alternative to this irritating situation. HTML5 seems to be very promising but can it really be an alternative for Flash? This article is our simple effort to analyze this aspect and compare it with the current market trends.

Html5 vs Flash – a brief Comparison

The following Table can help you understand the scenario more clearly. Almost all aspects are considered while designing this table:

Feature HTML5 Flash
Vector Text (Non-Selectable) Possible Possible
Embed Fonts Full Support Full Support
Anti-Aliasing Possible Possible
Tab Stop Support No Full Support
Text Frames (Threaded) No Full Support
Encoding Plain Text Binary Format
Compression Insignificant Compression DFLATE and LZMA
Meta Data Must be put inside the Meta Tags Extensible platform
Image Encoding Browser depenedant Limited to JPEG, XR, LZMA, DEFLATE or not compressed
BLObs No Full Support
Video Streaming No Full Support
Full Screen Mode No Yes
Code Support Browser Dependant H.264 and more.
Encryption for Video No Avaiable

Adobe Flash Bragging Facts

Well, if you have no information about how much Flash users are out there in the work wide web we think you should seriously considers these facts – (All data collected by Adobe – No 3rd Party was consulted)

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  1. Flash is constitutes more than 85 percent of the highly visited WebPages.
  2. More than 75 percent use Flash Player to view web videos
  3. Of 100 percent enterprise clients, more than 98 percent directly or indirectly are dependent on Flash Player
  4. Most web games are developed using flash which constitutes more than 70 percent of the total web games.

HTML5 Current Status

Adobe Flash has been here since ages. It came into existence in the year 1996 and has been providing the very base for developers and end users. Whereas HTML 5 specification first began by the year 2003 and currently is still under draft mode. Skeptics have already prophesied that it won’t be available as a full working mode till 2020. Guess there are still some serious bugs and errors to be taken care of.

Adobe Flash Issues with Apple iPhone and iPad

Apple has been very resilient about Adobe Flash being a proprietary program. This gives Adobe the full control of the way it is developed and implemented. HTML 5 on the other hand is a joint committee of Mozilla, Apple and Opera Foundation. The late Steve Jobs has criticized Flash to such an extent which no one could have ever anticipated. He claimed Flash to be a thing of the past and he has publicly criticized for applying a monopolistic attitude for Flash development.

Performance and Real Time Analysis for Flash

As mentioned earlier Mac Systems have a tough time implementing Flash support. Even LINUX users often face high SPU usage while playing flash videos or browsing through Flash sites. This is because Flash is unable to utilize the GPU while rendering video. Flash responded to this situation by improving the ActionScript which enhances the load time and executes the code faster in all OS now.

Final Verdict

With Flash nagging every now and then, pushing updates every once in a while, it is evident that end users are having a hard time adjusting to such frequent changes. But HTML5 is still under experimental mode and will need more time to get itself a share of end user support. It seems highly likely now that in time, as smartphones become more sophisticated and consumers more demanding that their dynamic content is smoothly and beautifully rendered, all apps – poli online casino ones among them – will start to solely use HTML5 and Apple’s role in this shouldn’t be underestimated.



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