HTML5 vs. Flash / Open Letter To Adobe Comments

With the introduction of HTML5 and its implementation in all major web browsers, it's becoming clear that Adobe is now in a place where a lack of innovation from the company could cause not only a loss of profit for Adobe, but also the eventual abandonment and deprecation of the product "Adobe Flash" by every product and service that currently supports it.

Properly implemented HTML5 technology now handles video just as it handles images, besides the pragmatic points on advances of HTML5 technology; the most prominent appeals of HTML5 are much the same as HTML itself, its open nature.

Omitting server costs and internet bandwidth; with HTML5 individuals can now easily create successful web services like YouTube, by simply hosting videos encoded in the Free Ogg Theora video format with Vorbis audio (such videos will play in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera) or the proprietary H.264 video format with the proprietary ACC audio format (such videos will play in Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and likely, soon Internet Explorer).

Adobe can't expect to use their proprietary software to compete with Free Software in this age of new and Free technology, where users are expecting to simply use an HTML editor to create any web product or service they want.

Adobe Flash is still dominant in online videos, web-based video games, and other web-based services. Web-based video is a large area Adobe is about to lose. And other services such as web-based video games are about to see new HTML5 technologies such as faster JavaScript, Canvas, WebGL, and vector graphics being more widely implemented and used. Adobe will lose this area as well.

Adobe can no longer compete, Adobe can only cooperate. And that's a beautiful thing.

Adobe can continue to dominate all of these areas if the Adobe Flash plugin simply gets released as Free Software, and for Adobe to allow Free Software development of Flash animation programs.

There are only a few problems web browser developers and users have with Adobe Flash.

1. Performance.

2. Stability. Due to poor implementation in the browser.

3. Need for a Plugin. Having to download and update a plugin.

4. Platform Compatibility. There are long standing bugs in the GNU/Linux version.

5. Need for Expensive Proprietary Software. To develop Flash content.

To solve all of these problems is as simple as Flash becoming part of the browser. Google Chrome is now taking this approach, but this approach is not acceptable to Mozilla, as Adobe Flash is proprietary software. So while Adobe may gain Chrome's 5.13%, Adobe cannot gain Mozilla's near 25%.

Adobe's only choice is to make their software Free Software, or lose profit and market share to HTML5. Successfully handing their profits to Mozilla, Google, Apple and Microsoft. And that's your choice Adobe.

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