Linked by David Adams on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 08:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While it's been a low-level grumbling for years, the issue of Flash on mobile devices (and particularly the iPhone/Touch/iPad ecosystem) has reached fever pitch over the past few weeks, with Steve Jobs as self-appointed Flash basher-in-Chief. The OSNews crowd, that is, dyed-in-the-wool technologists have, by and large, not been big fans of Flash, with its spotty availability and performance on alternative platforms, resource hogging, and instability. And though it's quite useful for web video and other specialized interfaces, it drives the tech savvy crazy when it's used for utterly superfluous multimedia bling. So we've had a lively discussion of the pros and cons of Flash, and whether device users should be free to make their own decision about whether it's worthy to install on their iPads. But we're leaving out an important detail. As Daniel Eran Dilger, a Flash developer, points out, almost all the important existing Flash infrastructure won't work anyway. Update: A worthwhile rebuttal to this point of view.
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RE: Idiotic
by Zifre on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 13:59 UTC in reply to "Idiotic"
Zifre
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2009-10-04

I write Flash based RIAs for a living. The lack of mouse move/mouse over/mouse out would change my development a little bit, but I could certainly create very usable applications without it.

Of course. New Flash applications could easily be designed to work on touch screens. But do you really expect all the zillions of Flash applications out there already to be rewritten?

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RE[2]: Idiotic
by CaptainN- on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 18:14 in reply to "RE: Idiotic"
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2005-07-07

Exactly, this kind of mouse based animation should be banned from iphone! http://tinyurl.com/nsfqd4 #canvas

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