Flash is Dead. Long Live Flash.Vootie (1562 pencils) | Mon, 2012-07-02 06:58
How is life treating you in the post-Flash era? Has your online experience become richer as a result? Are more things possible? Is the Web a more beautiful, inspiring, creative place to hang out? I ask myself these questions from time to time, usually when I stumble over one of the increasingly rare designers or developers who have created something worthy that's Flash based and doggedly maintain it. I had that experience recently when checking out the one2edit service, which makes it possible to review, edit and deliver InDesign documents online.
The service is designed primarily for corporate marketing communication departments, creative agencies and prepress service providers, although its ability to allow the editing of InDesign documents online without having to purchase InDesign itself opens up its use to those outside the design community — for example, translators can apparently integrate it into their workflow with their own specialized tools, such as Trados. Since you can protect layout elements such as logos, fonts or colors, while assigning defined elements such as text frames, paragraphs, words or images for editing and review, clients and partners can safely review, tweak and approve defined elements while the rest of the document remains protected, prior to export as a press-ready PDF. Pretty handy, when you think of it.
And yet, one2edit relies on a technology that some will dismiss in advance — Flash. You have to feel bad for 1io, the developer. It was tough enough having Steve Jobs try to put a stake in the heart of Flash. And things only got worse when Adobe announced last November that it was discontinuing Flash for mobile devices. Handled ineptly, many interpreted the announcement to signal the end of Flash for the desktop, as well, which was not the case. And just last week, Adobe announced that it would not provide Flash Player support for devices running Android 4.1. Ouch.
My hope is that 1io, and developers like them, will hang in there and continue to develop services of value to the creative community, whether they use Flash or some other technology. If HTML5 can do the job, great. If not...
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