Flash, fried by 2020.

Once the defacto standard for any website that wanted to be interactive, and with its FLV video sibling, Flash was on 98% of browsers in 2005, when Adobe acquired the technology. But then everyone discovered how powerful it was, including the bad guys and designers who could build great features but didn't bother to purge memory or terminate loops. In 2015 Apple said, 'uh uh.' And now we will soon say 'bye bye.'

flash player warning screenTo be truthful, Flash was an incredible program with a C-ish language (ActionScript) laid over a timeline. This put design and programming in the hands of creative studios - including some very creative ones. Even YouTube also once ran on Flash.

What's this mean for you? Your Flash Player - already blocked in most browsers for security and memory reasons - will be going away. But not to worry.

Countless nails have been hammered in Flash's coffin in recent years, most notably by Apple's Steve Jobs and also by Adobe itself. Now, though, there's a date for the funeral. Dec. 31, 2020.

The explosion of HTML5 tools, along with the emergence of CSS3 and JQuery, has given creatives a new track to run on. In fact, much of the interactive features and clips you see on the internet now are already being done that way. Only 17% of web users invoke the Flash Player from their browsers (it was once 98%).

Adobe has likewise added proprietery tools to move designers beyond Flash, including Flex and Animate CC, which along with other creative tools means rich media will keep on coming.

And if you are using Flash on your website, end of life will be 2020, so there is time to make a smooth migration to the replacement technologies already playing in browsers near you.

CNET has the full story. And you can read the official Adobe announcement here.

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