Flash content is now in the last stages of becoming a relic of Internet
past after another major web browser dropped native support of the Flash
Player plug-in just last month.
While it isn't the final nail-in-the-coffin for Flash Player just yet, it
is the final notice for developers and advertisers that still use Flash
Player to deliver their content.
Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox web browsers dropped native support for
the Flash Player plug-in long ago, forcing users to change their browser
security settings and update the plug-in regularly to view Flash content.
And now Google Chrome has joined the group with the latest version of the
Chrome web browser also natively blocking Flash content.
None of this has come unexpectedly to marketers and developers in the
The end for Adobe Flash Player became almost guaranteed after Apple
founder Steve Jobs famously announced that Apple iOS devices
would not be supporting Flash Player (and therefore, Flash content)
due to the poor reliability and poor security that Adobe Flash Player was
Without going into unnecessary detail, the demise of Flash Player comes
down to the capabilities of HTML and web browsers finally catching up to
those that Flash enabled decades ago - without the performance issues and
security holes that also come with using Flash Player.
Now, in a very similar fashion to the infamous web browser Internet
Explorer, Flash Player is set to hold a place in Internet history as an
example of what was once considered to be ground-breaking technology that
helped to push the Internet to where it is today.
In the early 1990's, Macromedia Flash (as it was known at the time) truly
introduced the world to the new possibilities that the Internet could
provide. The Internet shifted suddenly from being a static medium, with
content made up of text and images only, to something that could now
potentially compete with the likes of television.
A graphics and animation editor all-in-one, the simple to learn nature of
the Macromedia Flash application allowed people to create animations and
interactive multimedia easily, without the need to understand computer
programming languages. Even entire websites were developed in Flash.
Flash movies and Flash games quickly became a popular form of content, as
it was difficult to deliver content in other formats across the Internet
at the time that was comparable in quality (particularly video content).
Flash also became the platform of choice for marketers and advertisers,
as it allowed for the production and delivery of banner advertisements
that were higher in quality than anything else available.
Still, as with all technology, Flash Player has inevitably become
redundant and is being cast aside for a faster, better, stronger
It is important to note that the Adobe Flash application itself is not
dead, however, and has evolved to allow developers to produce animations
and multimedia applications using the newer platforms such as HTML5
Canvas and WebGL.
In memory to Flash Player and the Flash content era that came with it, we
share our favourite portal website that was one of the original pioneers
in all things Flash - Newgrounds.