As we move closer into the Interactive Product Market, I find myself in many conversations about the best tools. The biggest argument that bubbles up is the separation of Flash and every other product that tries to be Flash. As a Flash Designer and Developer for 5 years and several major projects under my belt, I believe there is no one better to build an argument to make your decision an informed one.
Here are the main points:
1. Flash is not available for iOS and soon the Android OS.
Yes, thank you Apple fans for pointing out that on these devices you can not view Flash. Get over it.
2. Flash Player is continuing support on Windows (in progress on 8), OS X (Mac desktops and laptops) and Linux (via lightspark).
Through Apples dissemination of Steve Jobs’ dislike for Flash on “his” product line, many people think Flash doesn’t work on any Apple product. This is not true.
3. 40% of Advertising including video is provided through Flash, according to comScore.
Flash developers are in demand…by online advertising agencies. Read more here.
4. HTML5 is only supported on a limited number of browsers (latest version out in the last year).
Most of us know that HTML5 is pretty recent. Most businesses with multiple computers are still on IE7 or below. IE8 is now a standard user browser and it will take many years for these organizations to ‘upgrade’ rendering corporate America’s adoption to happen in 2016. IE8 is not HTML5 ready. Visit http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp to see where the browser usage is reported. Than, find the individual browser version page (http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_explorer.asp). Notice that with the IE Page that IE 9+ are enabled for HTML5; small percentage. Other browsers out in the last year are also HTML5 enabled. Browsers before the latest versions (78%) are NOT HTML5 ready.
5. ALL desktop browsers support Flash (Safari, Chrome, IE, FireFox, Opera, etc).
6. Comparison of Flash and HTML5
A lot of red in this chart http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_HTML5_and_Flash
7. Flash is not going anywhere.
When it comes to cost it is equated to time, not just technology. Our team consists of two Adobe professionals which makes Adobe product Flash development easily to facilitate. There is only one HTML5 coder, that is me, and my time is very limited. The cost for HTML5 may be higher in many different stages mainly because of the heavy data driven non-HTML5 web development to emulate typical Flash functions.
Let me know your thoughts on my arguments.
With 15 years of digital creative experience and work in dozens of major industries, Lucas writes to communicate the importance of digital strategies useful for every company from Startup to mature Brand. He currently is Creative Director at @StandAndStretch, a TEDx Speaker, SEO Expert, Father to 3 boys and married to his lovely wife, Whitney. Schedule a consult today!