Will anyone miss Flash when it’s gone? Maybe, if these internet hits spark some nostalgia
Ahem. Thank goodness. Flash is just about "done, done"...
The resource gobbling hog of a program is now all but extinct! But hang-on, wait - I get all Jekyll and Hyde with Flash. Flash i once loved - it put games on the internet! it's democratized games, it made websites fun, it became a must know tool for creatives!
For good or for bad, Flash is at the end of it's life.
What's interesting is there is no direct replacement. I can't believe no single company came along to take over it's place. Adobe bought Macromedia for $$$3.4 BILLION (in 2005) and then took their new prize out to the barn and blew it away (sorry that was graphic!) but seriously, what a strange life it's had. Adobe had a market dominated but couldnt figure out how to make it work efficiently on the mobile. Apple banned it and Adobe essentially just laid down and let it die. Crazy. They could have re-written from scratch for the mobile. To think it was not solvable is nuts…
Now - we see the rise of HTML5, WebGL, and in the games space Unity and Unreal. Unity came along - took over Flash for Games, and now owns this market space - it is the democratized games platform.
For the rest of the web - we've not been so lucky, sure HTML5 is rising but still is no Macromedia Director equivalent that is used by 9 out of 10 web creatives.
Anyway, the internet age wastes no time with nostalgia, it's already time to move on - so keep an eye out for the next great startup in this space.