It seems that after a long time coming Adobe’s flash has reached the end of the road. This of course comes as no surprise. The writing was on the wall even before Steve Jobs “thoughts on flash” open letter in 2010.
Just incase you haven’t read the letter, Steve mentions that Apple was Adobes first big customer who adopted their postscript language for their laser write printer. Apple owned around 20% of the of Adobe for many years.
He then goes on to mention that Apple believed that “Flash was created during the PC era for PCs and mice” but “The mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards all areas where Flash falls short.”
I believe that this still stands and that was the beginning of the end of the road for flash.
So what does that mean now?
Now that flash is dead companies are switching to HTML5. HTML5 has long been heralded as the natural successor to Flash. Companies such as Youtube who relied on flash to play their videos had decided to switch its content from flash to HTML5.
Finally in July 2015 it was announced that Google and Mozilla firefox would pull the plug on the Adobe Flash plugin amongst other plugins such as NPAPI (Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface) and Microsoft silverlight.
Because Google and Mozilla firefox dropped the flash plugin this meant that what people used to take for granted on a browser was no longer achievable.
This included doing things such as viewing PDF files which contained form fields in in the browser. This would make various companies who rely on getting customer information from their website to save to their databases.
Luckily companies such as IDRSolutions have managed to keep up with the current trends and have developed a HTML5 solution which converts all of your PDF files to HTML5. This means that people can rely on displaying PDF files in their browsers such as chrome and firefox and more importantly on mobile devices too.
In this age of mobility its important for providers to make these changes for their users if they haven’t done so already to future proof their business. Other wise you end up being left behind.