Somewhere in the neighborhood of ten years ago, Macromedia’s Flash was an extremely popular tool for doing just about anything. Flash animations were all the rage. Games of varying quality, from button-based choose-your-own-adventures to well-programmed RPGs abounded. The range of animation and design options available in Flash meant that website owners started creating entire websites out of Flash.
Today, Flash is at once more popular and less. The Flash player powers YouTube and embedded media throughout the web, but the proliferation of Flash-based websites has disappeared. There’s a good reason for this – several in fact – with one major factor being the effect of smartphones.
Flash Content is Hard to View on Mobile
Flash has a rocky history with mobile devices. Of the two major players in the smartphone industry, Google and Apple, one side never allowed Flash content on their devices. Apple has a lot to say about that decision, but many of the other issues brought up throughout this article are touched on in their piece. Flash is an old piece of technology that, while widely used, isn’t exactly as robust and beneficial as it otherwise might…