The Adobe Flash logoWhile it sounds like the name of a bad porno, it's clearly good marketing strategy by Google to bring content authors to the Android platform and to court tool-maker Adobe.

But I still say that the introduction of the iPad is a signal of doom for Flash-as-a-format. On the other hand, as Adobe gets more serious about producing HTML5, SVG, Canvas, JavaScript from their Flash IDE, well...

§847 · April 28, 2010 · Adobe, Android, Google, Software, Technology · Comments Off on Full Flash in Froyo · Tags: , , ,

[clipart]The one persistent mantra I hear from staunch Flash defenders, folks like John Dowdell, is that Flash gives you the benefit of one consistent runtime. The Flash platform probably renders more consistently across browsers than HTML+SVG+Canvas+CSS - since the plugin directly controls a box of pixels on the web page I should hope so! But is it equally consistent across operating systems? And has it always been that way? Read the rest of this entry ...

§680 · February 9, 2010 · Adobe, Laszlo, Software, Technology, Web · Comments Off on Don’t worry, Adobe will step it up · Tags: , ,

Hallvord R.M. Steen (an Opera employee and member of the HTML WG) was kind enough to create a bug regarding an issue I had raised a few months back. It is currently not possible inside an embedded SVG to determine the parameters sent in from HTML:object if the two documents are on different domains. This appears to be a hole in the HTML4 spec, which doesn't really address cross-domain security concerns for the HTML:object element. Read the rest of this entry ...

§478 · July 25, 2008 · Adobe, RIA, Software, Technology, Web · 5 comments · Tags: , , ,

Shelley has a good long read about web standards, Silverlight, etc. I haven't yet installed Silverlight (I'm on Linux most of the time) so I can't even look at the effect everyone's getting all gooey about over at the Hard Rock Cafe site. Maybe one day I'll get around to it. Unless it's truly 3D effect, I have a hard time believing that the effect can't be done using SVG and SMIL and made to work in 3 of the 4 major browsers today. And this with standards that have been around for more than half a decade. So there. Nyah.

Speaking of plugins, I've been watching this guy continue to improve his SVG viewer (a SWF file that runs in Adobe's Flash player) with about an update per week. Interesting idea (which has been pursued before incidentally). I'll be really impressed if he can get the thing to a point where SMIL and scripting can be implemented.

Still, nothing beats some type of native support. In the meantime, I'd even accept 'native' plugin support from the big stick-in-the-muds. I still haven't ruled out the idea that one day in the future, the Silverlight or Flash plugins might suddenly be able to render SVG directly, with no translation step in between. Here's hoping for Flash 11 and Silverlight 3... Why not? They both already support a scripting engine, interactivity, XML parsing, animation, vector graphics, gradients, etc. Hm, why not, indeed.

§475 · July 10, 2008 · Adobe, Microsoft, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · Comments Off on SVG in Flash · Tags: , ,

Renesis 1.2 was supposed to be released on or about yesterday. Maybe it will come today? It would be a good little birthday present. Seven of Nine bugs marked as Fixed in 1.2 are mine, so I've been looking forward to it for about a month. Who knows, I might be able to recommend it one day as a viable replacement for the Adobe SVG Viewer.

§473 · July 8, 2008 · Adobe, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · 4 comments · Tags: , ,