What Flash is all about• Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video and interactivity to web pages• Flash is frequently used for advertisements, games and flash animations for broadcast• Flash manipulates vector and raster graphics to provide animation of text, drawings and still images
What Flash is all about• More recently, it has become positioned as a tool for “Rich Internet Applications”• It supports streaming of audio and video• It captures user input via mouse, keyboard, microphone and camera• Flash contains an object-oriented language called ActionScript• Can be deployed and displayed on various computer systems and devices
The way things areTouch, Video, Performance, Security and Openness.
ActionScript 3.0• ECMAScript compliant object-oriented language• Language itself is open-source, open-source compiler and free runtime environment• AS3 code executes up to 10 times faster then legacy ActionScript code
RequestIn April 2010, Steve Jobs, former CEO of AppleInc. published an open letter explaining whyApple wouldnt allow Flash on the iPhone, iPodtouch and iPad. One of the six reasonsmentioned was security. Jobs wrote "Symantecrecently highlighted Flash for having one of theworst security records in 2009."
RespondAdobe responded by pointing out that, in reality, "the Symantec GlobalInternet Threat Report for 2009 found that Flash Player had the secondlowest number of vulnerabilities of all Internet technologies listed(which included both web plug-ins and browsers). This is significantwhen you consider that Flash Player is among the most widelydistributed and used pieces of software in the world.“ Quoting directlyfrom the report:“In 2009, Symantec documented 321 vulnerabilities affecting plug-insfor Web browsers (figure 9). ActiveX technologies were affected by 134vulnerabilities, which was the highest among the plug-in technologiesexamined. Of the remaining technologies, Java SE had 84vulnerabilities, Adobe Reader had 49 vulnerabilities, QuickTime had 27vulnerabilities, and Adobe Flash Player was subject to 23vulnerabilities. The remaining four vulnerabilities affected extensionsfor Firefox”
The TRUTHWired Magazine:“Allowing Flash—which is a development platform of itsown—would just be too dangerous for Apple, a companythat enjoys exerting total dominance over its hardwareand the software that runs on it. Flash has evolved frombeing a mere animation player into a multimediaplatform capable of running applications of its own. Thatmeans Flash would open a new door for applicationdevelopers to get their software onto the iPhone: Justcode them in Flash and put them on a web page. In sodoing, Flash would divert business from the App Store, aswell as enable publishers to distribute music, videos andmovies that could compete with the iTunes Store”