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Adobe Releases Flash To HTML 5 Converter 168

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the hospital-bed-conversion dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Adobe has released its Flash to HTML 5 conversion tool, codenamed 'Wallaby.' Wallaby is an application to convert Adobe Flash Professional CS5 files (.FLA) to HTML5 and its primary design goals were to get the best quality and performance on browsers within iOS devices like iPhone and iPad."
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Adobe Releases Flash To HTML 5 Converter

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  • Finally, but (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @10:46AM (#35418640)

    I wonder how efficient this is going to be. We don't want HTML5 to get a bunch of autogenerated bogged down code and become the next flash (performance wise, anyway).

  • Re:Finally, but (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @10:53AM (#35418728) Journal
    Only time will tell, in terms of Adobe's specific implementation; but given that Flash consists of Actionscript(practically Javascript), bitmap and vector graphics(canvas/SVG), A/V decode support for specific codecs(HTML5 video), and flash cookies/data storage(HTML5 local data store), there is no broad reason to expect that HTML5(at least in the medium term) shouldn't be able to do the majority of Flash stuff(omitting specific cases like some special streaming capabilities and DRM) with efficiency on roughly the same order as Flash(better if the browser maker is more competent/platform integrated than Adobe, worse if they are less competent, or if Adobe's conversion tool produces pathological code)...

    Unfortunately, drawing lots and lots of fancy vectors with an interpreted language is always going to be more computationally expensive than more... restrained... tastes in web design; but at least it won't all be crammed into a proprietary runtime with a ghastly security record...
  • Re:Meh (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Galestar (1473827) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @11:05AM (#35418866)
    You must be new here. Adobe has come out publicly and said that HTML5 doesn't scare them because they know their plugin does not have much of a future. They want to sell authoring software, that is their entire business model. As far as Apple is concerned I don't think they really care what SJ has to say one way or another.
  • Re:Meh (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Galestar (1473827) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @11:30AM (#35419174)
    Aha here it is Interview with Kevin Lynch, CTO of Adobe [techcrunch.com]

    Q: How is Adobe going to react to HTML5?
    A: I wouldn’t say reacting to HTML5. We see whatever people are using to express themselves. We’re going to make great tooling for HTML5. We’re going to make the best tools in the world for HTML 5.

    It’s not about HTML 5 vs Flash. They’re mutually beneficial. The more important question is the freedom of choice on the web.

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