Adobe Is Finally Killing The Flash Name

Adobe Is Finally Killing The Flash Name

Steve Jobs was right. Flash never stood a chance of surviving in the same world as HTML5. And now, nearly five years after Steve Jobs shared his thoughts, Adobe is finally laying the name to rest. Farewell, Flash Professional. Hello, Adobe Animate.

News of Flash’s demise arrived in the subtext of an official Adobe announcement for the new Animate CC. The application essentially looks like an update to the Flash Professional software — albeit with a greater emphasis on HTML5 and a reduced emphasis on, well, Flash. The software launches in January 2016 and will still support Flash. However, since an increasingly large portion of the content created in with Flash software uses actually HTML5, Adobe’s software should continue to evolve away from the clunky old Flash standard.

In related news, the new Adobe Animate software looks pretty awesome. And unlike cranky old Flash content, web browsers will actually support the animations you make with it! You should also disable Flash when you get a chance. You’ll thank us later.


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This post originally appeared on Gizmodo Australia


  • I’ve been using Flash since 2002 when it was with Macromedia and made countless short animations. As much as I love the program- I’m so glad they’re starting to move onto HTML 5 & hope it replaces the flash player as it always required updating, would lag, wouldn’t play on most devices and had security issues.

  • Hmm, this is interesting for me, as I sometimes make PPC adverts for clients and i’ve transitioned from flash (swf) to edge animate (html5), so I wonder if they’re going to also discontinue edge animate and mix both programs into one.

  • I’m pretty sure Steve jobs also didn’t want to let flash games run on the iPhone that would have massively killed the game part of the app store at the time (back then the iPhone games were basically just the flash games being ported and sold with a soicr of profit for apple)

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