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A Love letter to flash


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July 25th, 2017. The web changed on this day. Well really it changed in April of 2010. What do these dates mean? What was Flash? Soon many of you won’t even know. Dead, like beta and laserdiscs and walkmans. Was this technology revolutionary or a curse? Whatever you think or know, Flash was world-changing for thousands of designers and developers. Their body of work laid the foundations for much of the modern web and for much of what is still to come. Collectively our learnings from successes and failures with this technology have shaped the future of interactive design and technology.

Join Rick on this nostalgic journey through the era of Flash as we celebrate the people and projects that brought joy and wonder to so many people and sowed the seeds for an endless number of careers in interactive.

To remind us all of the enormous contribution Flash made to interactive design and development and possibly foster some conversation about where we are now and where we are headed.

Target Audience
Designers and developers new and old. Lovers and haters of Flash. All are welcome.

Some Things Audience Members Will Learn
Why Flash was great
Who some of the key people were during this great time in the web’s history

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A Love letter to flash

  1. 1. A Love Letter To Flash
  2. 2. FlashInTheCan ⇨ FITC
  3. 3. Actionscript 4?? Adobe Keynote AE and Flash CS3 AIR Conditioning Beyond the Buttons Building AIR Applications with Adobe Flash Professional CS3 Building Red5 Applications Data Visualization with Flex and AIR Flash 2D & 3D Effects Flash Now and In the Future Flash on Mobile Devices Flex Solutions for Your Daily Development Harnessing Flash Video Kaboom! Flash Pyrotechnics (and other particle effects) Making Real Music with Flash Mastering AIR Development Papervision 3D from the Core Paperworld 3D: A new multiplayer experience Play with Pixels, Bitmap Manipulation with Flash RIA Meets Desktop: Introduction to AIR API’s SWFObject 2.0: The Fine Art of Embedding Flash Content Under the Hood: The Nuts and Bolts of Flash Video
  4. 4. July 25th, 2017
  5. 5. “But as open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web. Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.”
  6. 6. April, 2010
  7. 7. “Besides the fact that Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices, there is an even more important reason we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. We have discussed the downsides of using Flash to play video and interactive content from websites, but Adobe also wants developers to adopt Flash to create apps that run on our mobile devices. We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform.”
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  9. 9. A Browser Plugin… and so much more!
  10. 10. Adobe Animate - Flash Builder - FlashDevelop - Flash Catalyst - Scaleform - Flash Lite - Adobe AIR - Flex - Actionscript - PowerFlasher FDT - Haxe - Flash Remoting - Flash Communication Server - Red5 Server - BlazeDS - Stage3D - Away3D - Flare3D - Papervision 3D - FutureWave - Macromedia - Adobe - Flashinthecan - FITC - Flash Forward - Flash on the Beach - FLA - SWF - FLV - Starling - SWFTools - Ming - SWFObject - OpenLaszlo - Shumway - PocketPC - QNX/Blackberry Playbook - Symbian - Palm OS - webOS - to name a few.
  11. 11. “Flash was our interactive swiss-army knife.” Flash was the Future by Craig Swan
  12. 12. Websites Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) Animation Video Streaming Art Experiments Multi-user Experiences Games Video Streaming
  13. 13. HTML XHTML2 W3C WhatWG HTML5
  14. 14. Do you think Flash is here to stay? “Definitely. With the latest browsers and three or four plug-ins you can achieve maybe 75% of what you could do in Flash 7 on the web. With Flash 8, and the upcoming 8.5 player it bumps down to maybe 50%. I'm a fan of open standards for HTML and the broader web, but Macromedia's (Adobe's) unilateral control of the Flash platform is what enables them to innovate so quickly.” - Grant Skinner
  15. 15. Innovation and Iteration
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  17. 17. Joshua Davis
  18. 18. Yugo Nakamura
  19. 19. Books
  20. 20. Colin Moock
  21. 21. Homestar Runner
  22. 22. Robert Penner’s Easing Equations ///////////// QUADRATIC EASING: t^2 /////////////////// // quadratic easing in - accelerating from zero velocity // t: current time, b: beginning value, c: change in value, d: duration // t and d can be in frames or seconds/milliseconds Math.easeInQuad = function (t, b, c, d) { return c*(t/=d)*t + b; }; // quadratic easing out - decelerating to zero velocity Math.easeOutQuad = function (t, b, c, d) { return -c *(t/=d)*(t-2) + b; }; // quadratic easing in/out - acceleration until halfway, then deceleration Math.easeInOutQuad = function (t, b, c, d) { if ((t/=d/2) < 1) return c/2*t*t + b; return -c/2 * ((--t)*(t-2) - 1) + b; };
  23. 23. Erik Natzke
  24. 24. Grant Skinner
  25. 25. Jared Tarbell
  26. 26. This could go on for days... Keith Peters - Mike Chambers - Kevin Lynch - Philip Kerman - Craig Swann - R Blank - Chris Allen - Stacey Mulcahy - Mike Downey - Hoss Gifford - James Patterson - Amit Pitaru - Robert Reinhardt - Jared Tarbell - Mario Klingemann - Joa Ebert - Andre Michelle - Tom Green - Branden Hall - Aral Balkan - Lee Brimelow - Jim Corbett - Jared Ficklin - Seb Lee-Delisle - Todd Purgason - Jason Krogh - Pete Barr-Watson - Véronique Brossier - Brendan Dawes - Andries Odendaal - Beau Amber - Brooke Burgess - Giacomo Guilizzoni - Jon Lorenz - Randy Knott - Jessica Spiegel - Robert Hodgin - John Grden - Joshua Hirsch - Peter Elst - Ralph Hauwert - Serge Jespers - and on and on and on...
  27. 27. John Cooney of Kongregate Flash Games Postmortem
  28. 28. Flex
  29. 29. Where are we now?
  30. 30. Petition to Open Source Flash “Flash along with its sister project Shockwave is an important piece of Internet history and killing Flash and Shockwave means future generations can't access the past. Games, experiments and websites would be forgotten.”
  31. 31. Newgrounds prepared for death of Flash ● 84000 Flash games ● 150000 Flash animations ● Created a swf to video exporter years ago ● In 2012 re-designed the site to remove mentions of Flash ● Hoping that by 2020 someone has either a SWF to JavaScript crosscompiler, or a SWF player that runs in WebAssembly
  32. 32. Community Feature Parity Experiments Fun!