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This is unbelievable for a certain generation of person. Flash enabled some of the most creative shit, and beyond the web too; so much TV animation has roots in the old handmade Flash cartoons. And of course away goes a whole style of beautiful but functionally useless websites. https://t.co/oMMwIZC1Tk— Andy Khouri (@andykhouri) December 31, 2020
The thing that REALLY REALLY pisses me off is all the people who beat the war drums for Flash's demise, very clearly did not understand what made it so special.— Lars "Sweet Leaf" Doucet (@larsiusprime) December 30, 2020
"I don't see why this is valuable, therefore it is not valuable"
Today is the Adobe Flash end of life date.— Matt May (@mattmay) December 31, 2020
I come to bury Flash, not to praise it.
As an animation platform, Flash launched the web into new directions. But once it became a UX platform, without the structure of web or OS apps, it left millions behind. (thread)
Today is bittersweet for me. I'm glad the web platform won. "HTML5" was in the first sentence I ever uttered to our CEO, in 2008.— Matt May (@mattmay) December 31, 2020
Still, I and many others poured our hearts into boiling the ocean of inaccessible Flash, quixotic though we were.
It could have been so much more.
Ultimately this is all Adobe's fault. They just decided Flash wasn't the effort.— Lars "Sweet Leaf" Doucet (@larsiusprime) December 30, 2020
This is ultimately the problem with all proprietary software platforms -- the risk that the platform holder will one day just give up and let it rot but not let YOU pick up and carry the torch.
Many fond childhood memories spending hours on the computer making animations on flash for my terrible e-card website. Was a surreal experience showing them years later on stage #adobesummit @bradrencher #TBT2020 #AdobeFlash https://t.co/umzJaRHGha pic.twitter.com/7AmIB8NZnm— Amber Atherton 🌟 (@AmberAtherton) January 1, 2021
Cheers to all my fellow former flash designers and developers! Flash was the software that helped me realize my love for art, design, and code.— Mike Mariano (@marianomike) December 31, 2020
It also taught me never to rely on one specific tool because tools become obsolete. 🙂 https://t.co/AeGxM9nCy9
And I remember how Adobe allowed it to deteriorate into something that crashed your computer and was a vector for malware.— Walt Mossberg (@waltmossberg) December 31, 2020
Flash 3 is what hooked me, over 20 years ago. Summer 98 probably. It was SO exciting to get it... well, a cracked demo version - I couldn't afford software. And SO much fun to use.— dietrich (@dietrich) December 31, 2020
Me with CSS animations, last week:https://t.co/GMG1skE5ge https://t.co/ZuMprLzMHy
The doc everyone links to - including Wikipedia - has disappeared from Apple’s website(!)— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) December 31, 2020
The eulogy for Flash will be delivered in a Format Not Supported— james myers (@arsetechnica) December 31, 2020
What really mattered about Flash, in my view:— Lars "Sweet Leaf" Doucet (@larsiusprime) December 30, 2020
1) For 95% of applications you can just distribute a single SWF file
2) You have a robust authoring tool that is animation/graphics-first and newbie friendly
3) You can send a link to your mom and she can just play it w/ no issues
Apple’s vision of democratized programming is signing contracts with school districts to buy 1000 underpowered iPad minis and then having everyone use Swift Playgrounds. If by some miracle students end up becoming devs then the 30% AppStore commission is just icing on the cake.— Francisco Tolmasky (@tolmasky) December 30, 2020
To this day, I am super mad at all the people who put for the codswallop that HTML5 was this perfect replacement for Flash.— Lars "Sweet Leaf" Doucet (@larsiusprime) December 30, 2020
It's been 10 years since "Thoughts on Flash" was published and HTML5 STILL doesn't (in actual practice) replicate what mattered about Flash.
We had a plan to bring Flash accessibility cross-platform, but then in 2010, there was the Apple memo. Flash as a UI tool had peaked, and not long after, it was over.— Matt May (@mattmay) December 31, 2020
Flash lived out its last years as a great video player with a bunch of legacy content that withered on the vine.
Today is an end of an era for Adobe Flash. It’s officially end of support day. I remember growing up with Macromedia Flash, and how it helped usher in the first meme videos and web games before being key to YouTube https://t.co/TfNKPEDCP7 pic.twitter.com/mA2fcXyjrn— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) December 31, 2020
I was very much pro the end of Flash, mainly because of the security risks.— Hanna Fridén (@HannaFriden) December 31, 2020
But this is all true. It was a huge loss for the creative community and I really miss all of the awesome stuff people made and the communities around Flash. https://t.co/PbvmCSkJll
We live in a world today where something like Homestar Runner would be way more difficult to create. Companies are OK with this because they can’t profit of an independent web comic, and devs are OK with this because they want to fiddle with toolchains, not make animated shorts.— Francisco Tolmasky (@tolmasky) December 30, 2020
I was 22 and teaching at @parsonsdesign when Flash came out - I had a brilliant semester length class that brought in traditional artists twice my age and turned out experimental animators. Probably my career highlight. I had no idea what a great gig it was, I was too young. https://t.co/CvR9y8HIRO— Sarah Lefton (@sarahlefton) December 31, 2020
I wrote about this a lot over the years, and I never heard anybody boasting that HTML etc was a “perfect replacement,” but yeah, it’s been a long time and the open standards still are generally coder-first tools, not creator-first tools. https://t.co/RfIQjK6ZIz— Stephen Shankland (@stshank) December 31, 2020
Remember this? "Anything you can do with Flash you can do with JS+Canvas+SVG"— Lars "Sweet Leaf" Doucet (@larsiusprime) December 30, 2020
Clearly written by a non-artist coder who never used Flash, equivalent to:
"Anything you can do with a paintbrush you can also do with a toothpick and an infinite amount of time."
Wow. Today is the last day ever for Adobe Flash. 2020 was not joking around.— Aaron Levie (@levie) December 31, 2020
It's over. My ActionScript coding skills are needed no longer :) -> Adobe ends support for Flash today and will start blocking Flash content from January 12; major browsers will block Flash content from January 1 https://t.co/55cF5mxrib pic.twitter.com/LQRWRJ3BuN— Glenn Gabe (@glenngabe) December 31, 2020
HTML5 *at its very best* accomplishes most of 3), and is still in the stone age when it comes to 1) and 2).— Lars "Sweet Leaf" Doucet (@larsiusprime) December 30, 2020
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Flash is dead.— T. Marshall Eubanks (@TM_Eubanks) January 1, 2021
Adobe ended support for Flash on December 31st, 2020, and will start blocking Flash content on January 12th. Major browsers will shut it all down today and Microsoft will block it in most versions of Windows. It’s over. https://t.co/NOUuuMhO7a
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