Flashing life and death

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After 25 years of public attention, the product now called Adobe Flash has finally come to an end. Since the day of dial-up Internet access, the software has been discontinued on Chrome later this year, and therefore has always been an important part of Internet browsing, but this tradition has now ended its last chapter of the page. Looking back briefly at Flash, we want to remember why the system reached its previous heights and why it is now moving towards its historical heritage.

SmartSketch

The original version that eventually became Flash was named after SmartSketch developed by FutureWave Software. SmartSketch was originally launched for PenPaint, the operating system for Pen computers. After this operating system malfunctioned, SmartSketch was ported to Windows and Mac under the name FutureSplash.

After adding the frame-by-frame animation function in 1995, the program finally became the first step of the giant born. This actually allows basic cartoons to be created with minor modifications, even games. After being acquired by Macromedia in 1996, the name was finally changed to Macromedia Flash again, and the control of the program began.

Why is Flash popular?

The strength of Flash is twofold. First, it is a relatively simple system that can be used on a basic level, so it has a huge initial appeal. Secondly, although it is naturally easy to learn, the deeper functions of Flash are still very powerful and well supported.

There is no doubt that in some kind of feedback loop, Flash is widely adopted because it is popular, and it is popular because the widespread adoption of Flash seems to imply its superiority. This reputation will make Flash the de facto leader in browser integration for many systems.

Flash can do tasks that many browsers cannot do alone, which makes it accepted by software such as Linux, Chrome OS, Solaris, Blackberry Tablet OS, Android, and Pocket PC. By including data formats such as XML, AMF, and SWF, and multimedia formats such as MP3, FLV, and PNG, Flash seems to be able to accomplish almost anything.

Era of elimination

So why does Flash disappear? First of all, this answer boils down to the fact that browser technology has evolved beyond the necessity of Flash. For example, consider Sports betting website. Previously, HTML restrictions on such systems meant that Flash might need to be included. However, with modern CSS and HTML5, mobile components (such as updated scores, odds, and betting functions) no longer require the hard work of Flash.

The reason for the decline of Flash is that people are paying more and more attention to privacy and security. As time passed, hackers found more and more methods to penetrate the Flash system. In the end, this became a failed battle, and coupled with the general obsolescence rate continued to increase, Flash has been unable to keep up.

Keep the tradition

In many ways, Flash represents the beginning of a more developed Internet. Unfortunately, as it disappears, we may lose a lot of old systems forever. For some services, we are happy to see Flash running. In other cases, such as content related to older browser games and animations, the disappearance of Flash means that some of the best entertainment that the early Internet had to provide may no longer be available.

Fortunately, Internet historians are working hard to collect and maintain the legacy of Flash. of Flash point project BlueMaxima’s product is a good example, and we can only hope that it will stand the test of time. This collective work has backed up more than 52,000 games and 4,900 animations, and is helping us stick to things that will gradually disappear.

At this time next year, you will no longer be able to use Flash, but its influence on the modern Internet will remain indefinitely. It is not the first old version of the old software, and it will certainly not be the last. The only question is, what will happen next

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