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Ah, if only we could flip a big happy switch and convert all the web's Flash content into (functional) HTML5 code. It's a dream shared by many and, funnily enough, the company pushing to make it a reality is none other than Adobe itself, the owner and proprietor of Flash. Its Labs research team has just released an experimental new dev tool, dubbed Wallaby, that's targeted at taking Flash-encoded artwork and animations and turning them into a more compatible mix of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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Interesting. This is quite possibly the missing link to bring a full web experience to mobile platforms. Hopefully Adobe pushes this to mature into a robust converting tool that is open to many.
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So can Flash just die already now that they are making this?
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So can Flash just die already now that they are making this?
Actually this would be an advantage for both Adobe and the developers/consumers. Adobe would likely implement this in their Dreamweaver software so developers can export their flash animations into HTML5. This way they still get people using and buying their software. Developers with past Flash experience also do not need to learn HTML5 right away for a smoother transition from Flash. The web will also benefit from all the HTML5 goodness without a full transition.
 
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Actually this would be an advantage for both Adobe and the developers/consumers. Adobe would likely implement this in their Dreamweaver software so developers can export their flash animations into HTML5. This way they still get people using and buying their software. Developers with past Flash experience also do not need to learn HTML5 right away for a smoother transition from Flash. The web will also benefit from all the HTML5 goodness without a full transition.
Learning HTML or CSS is not the difficult part; that title goes to Javascript. However, any seasoned flash developer will be fluent in ActionScript which is similar enough to Javascript to ease the transition significantly.

But the rest of what you say holds a valid point - Adobe may be shooting Flash but it stands to gain with Dreamweaver. You could argue that Adobe Flash is the only real option for developing flash applications whereas websites can be created in notepad if you really wanted to, and that's true. There likely will be some conversion away from using Creative Suite products, but Adobe is sure to have to done the maths; they're not going to pull a stunt like this if they're not absolutely certain that they have the brand and product loyalty to make it profitable.
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Actually this would be an advantage for both Adobe and the developers/consumers. Adobe would likely implement this in their Dreamweaver software so developers can export their flash animations into HTML5. This way they still get people using and buying their software. Developers with past Flash experience also do not need to learn HTML5 right away for a smoother transition from Flash. The web will also benefit from all the HTML5 goodness without a full transition.
The latest flash player is brilliantly efficient compared to older versions, why does it need to die?
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This is pretty good Flash for website stuff,

Although as Adz said actionscript is very similar to javascript, well they are nealry the same lol.
I also use textpad for pretty much all of my code, notepad is ok but no line numbering is a pain, dreamweaver is nasty bulks up pages and you end up with a pile of rubbish at the end.
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The latest flash player is brilliantly efficient compared to older versions, why does it need to die?
I never said it needed to die. I just have a preference for HTML5. Mainly because the only thing that has ever crashed Chrome for me is Flash and even though my Galaxy S phone supports Flash I am forced to disable it since it crashes the Android browser and noticeably slows down my web viewing experience.
 
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So can Flash just die already now that they are making this?
Or Flash can be upgraded to be something truly powerful.
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