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Adobe Flash is REALLY Dead – 5 (10) Years Of Death Throes


128 months ago, Steve Jobs dealt the first blow to the terrible, buggy and security fiasco called Flash. Today, 6 years after I told you it was dead, Flash has indeed given its final death rattle. And this time, it’s official!

flash is dead

That message will have begun popping up on computers all around the world, bringing an end to an era. And era I participated in as a web developer, and called for the death of as an early iPad adopter! It is best to do as it asks and uninstall Flash PLayer, for the final time. 

I jokingly used a play on the famous “I’m not dead yet” scene from the Monty Python And The Holy Grail movie as a featured image, but until I just now reviewed the scene I’ve realized just how incredibly apropos it was. Adobe is the incredible Eric Idle here, dealing the final death blow. The old man is Flash itself, of course, continuing to go on just how good and healthy it is! And Steve Jobs is played by none other than John Cleese himself. Take a look, and give a wave to the cart as it passes! Goodbye Flash!!



UPDATE – Flash DEAD Dead.

5 years ago I announced Adobe Flash was dead. The death throes are long gone, the death rattle has been heard. Today, January 22th, 2020, (nearly 36 year anniversary of the Macintosh!) Apple has announced they are dropping all support for Flash in Safari. The next release will no longer support the Flash plug-in whatsoever.

Good riddance Flash!


Original Article

5 Years ago Steve Jobs penned an open letter answering the critics claiming Apple was stupid for not supporting Adobe flash… it basically boiled down to this:

.. just without the blood and exploding starship stuff. In 1,684 words detailed all the reasons why Adobe flash sucked. Of course the response from Android was to cozy up..

Android supports Adobe Flash.. right.

Buddies – but not for long.

This relationship soon ended with it only ever having worked on super high-end flagship devices, and even then, limping slow and as full of bugs as a Indiana Jones temple. November 2011, Adobe THEMSELVES killed off development of Flash for mobile.

The years since have seen Flash shedding support everywhere, being flayed in public for its swiss cheese like security, and finally being dumped by its last hold outs.. web designers. (For the record, The Stem Creative dropped flash support years ago!)

Adobe Flash Joins The Dodo and Steve Seagal

Today, along with many great Creative Suite updates, Adobe has officially dropped the name “Flash”. A new program called “Animate” is putting Flash animation on the back burner as a second thought and HTML 5 animation is brought to the forefront.

With the father of Flash dropping the name, it can safely be said that Steve Jobs was right, flash is indeed dead. As a doornail. Finally.

Steve kills Adobe Flash

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Ryszard (Rick) Gold, From Calgary, Alberta, Canada has over 20 years of experience working with Apple products in a technical capacity. Passionate about technology in general, his natural troubleshooting abilities, curiosity and appreciation of good design lead him into working exclusively with Apple Computer products.
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