Adobe Flash Player: Why Is Its Support Ending Soon?

According to our credible sources, Adobe Flash Player has announced the end of its life support effective end of 2020.  In turn, Google Chrome, Microsoft, and Mozilla Firefox have announced that their browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox) will no longer support Flash at the end of 2020.

Not forgetting, all versions of MarkView below version 10.x are dependent on Adobe Flash Player. And therefore, they’ll be significantly impacted when browsers stop supporting it.

Adobe Flash Player
Adobe will Kill off Support for Flash Player Soon

On the other hand, customers who are currently running any version of MarkView below version 10.x are advised to upgrade. In that case, to MarkView version 10.x prior to Adobe Flash Player support ending.

Adobe Flash Player was once a must download in order to see a certain content on your browser. Like watching YouTube videos and it is still prevalent in certain web content like ads.

Thanks to the adoption of smartphones and Apple’s decision to move away from the standard way back has had an impact on its use and now we finally see its death.

What is Adobe Flash Player?

Adobe Flash Player (labeled Shockwave Flash in IE and Firefox) is computer software for using content created on the Adobe Flash Platform. Including viewing multimedia contents, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming audio and video.

In general, Adobe Flash Player can run from a web browser as a browser plug-in or on supported mobile devices. Flash Player was created by Macromedia and has been developed and distributed by Adobe Systems. Particularly, since Adobe acquired Macromedia in 2005 and is distributed as freeware.

Wondershare Filmora

Before I proceed, I would like to give you another thought of Filmora. No, this is not another Adobe Feature, but an interesting yet powerful video editing software. Especially, created by Wondershare, one of the leading brands in multimedia field.

Read More: About Wondershare Filmora Review

What is Adobe Animate CC?

The animation lovers when seeking to serve the purpose must have used and heard about Adobe Flash. But, now we would here inform you that Adobe Animate CC has now replaced the old Adobe Flash.

Along with renaming the tool, the evolution from Flash to Adobe Animate CC has added a wide range of advanced functionalities. Like support to WebGL and HTML5 canvas.

Read More: Adobe Animate CC: Everything You Need to Know

Why is Adobe Flash Player ending its Support?

Basically, today, Adobe has decided to kill off its Flash Player in the future. Not to mention, in collaboration with major tech companies. But, thanks to the advancement of open standards like HTML5, WebGL and Web Assembly.

“Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners- including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla- Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash,” they said in the blog post.

Adobe Flash Player

“Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Adobe Flash Player at the end of 2020. Encouraging content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these open formats.”

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of Flash content around the web. Therefore, Adobe will continue to support the standard on major OSs and browsers until its eventual demise.

Migration Campaign: Where did it all begin? 

This news is certainly more than welcome from the company which enjoyed a period when the standard plugin was a must download. In the end, helping in running a lot of content on the web.

However thanks to the “courageous” move by Apple to move away from Flash as explained by Steve Jobs. As well as the wide adoption of better standards like HTML5.

Bearing in mind, it has finally led Adobe to lay to rest a standard that was plagued with security issues and hogging system resources. We also saw the likes of FacebookGoogle and Twitch move away from Flash over time.

Interesting enough, Adobe says that they will be “contributing to the HTML5 Standard and WebAssembly Community Group.” In that case, providing animation tools like Animate CC. After all, which allows people to develop HTML5 content.

What’re the Alternatives of Adobe Flash Player?

WebAssembly CG members representing four browsers, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and WebKit, have reached a consensus. Especially, now that the design of the initial (MVP) WebAssembly API and binary format is complete.

To the extent that no further design work is possible without implementation experience and significant usage. This marks the end of the Browser Preview and signals that browsers can begin shipping WebAssembly on-by-default.

Web Assembly

From this point forward, future features will be designed to ensure backward compatibility. This consensus includes a JavaScript API and binary format accompanied by a reference interpreter.

You can test out WebAssembly today using the Emscripten toolchain by following the developer’s guide and reading more on MDN. In addition, you can also explore a variety of other advanced tools.

See Getting Started to start experimenting and Feedback for how and where to direct feedback.

What’s the Meaning of WebAssembly?

WebAssembly (abbreviated Wasm) is a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine. Wasm is designed as a portable target for compilation of high-level languages like C/C++/Rust. Enabling deployment on the web for client and server applications.

WebAssembly is designed to maintain the versionless, feature-tested, and backward-compatible nature of the web. Whereas, WebAssembly modules will be able to call into and out of the JavaScript context.

Allowing access of browser functionality through the same Web APIs accessible from JavaScript. WebAssembly also supports non-web embeddings.

Read More: About WebAssembly Consensus Road-map

Surprisingly, the animation industry is no doubt a very interesting one and having the best tool can make it more interesting and fun. After making you familiarize with the top functionalities that are coming with Adobe Animate CC, I feel it would be fair to end the discussion here.

I hope you will not give a second thought on Animate CC when you need to do flash animation.

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In a likely manner, you can as well share your thoughts in the comments box. And finally, for more useful and referral topics, consider the following links;

  1. Third-party Apps & Platforms 
  2. HTML5 Introduction – W3Schools
  3. WebGL Overview – The Khronos Group Inc
  4. What’s the WebAssembly meaning?
  5. Adobe Animate CC: Everything You Need to Know
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