"Saying goodbye to Flash in Chrome" was the message that greeted me this morning when I opened the Chrome browser. The article went on to say that by the end of 2020 Adobe will phase out Flash altogether. Chrome will phase it out sometime before then.
What will be replacing Flash?
Steve Jobs made it clear that Apple was excluding Flash. Apple began eliminating Flash a very long time ago, and I have not been using it for many, many years. Don't know if I have been missing anything.
I use at least one web site daily which has significant use of flash. (I get an alert and click my consent). They have made some progress in converting some of their content which previously used flash to other means, but it is slow going (considerable new programming effort) and does not work the same.
My cable/phone/Wi-Fi provider just in the last month or so stopped using Flash. When I used to want to watch cable tv on my laptop via a Spectrum app, I'd get a message that said that I needed to allow Flash to work. A few weeks ago that requirement all of a sudden went away.
I'm curious, what is the website address? Flash enabled websites are rare these days.
I've not used, or even had Flash installed for years now, and only one website has ever told me I need to install Flash, and that is from COMCAST, of all places. One would think COMCAST would have been one of the first to drop Flash usage.
...but it can't die soon enough
Up here in Canada I still need it for Roger cable to watch tv on my laptop. Rogers bought your xfinity and calls it ignite.
I use at least one web site daily which has significant use of flash.
I'm curious, what is the website address?
I use this Flash website, for the online Jumble! puzzle, every day:
This one was never programmed to run the larger Sunday Jumble puzzle. On Sundays this website reruns a years-older Monday-through-Saturday puzzle. I expect the UClick people will shut this version down when Flash is abandoned in browsers and by Adobe if not sooner.
There is another online version of Jumble which does not use Flash, and which does have the daily Sunday puzzle:
But this one has several annoyances and is much less enjoyable to play, so I still use the Flash version despite the security concerns and lack of the current Sunday puzzle.
The National Weather Service still uses Flash for their radar loops.
Curious to see how they address this issue and when
In April/May 2020, in response to these dramatic changes, NWS will replace the existing site and features with the following:
Radar data and warnings presented on a dynamic map that allows zooming and scrolling
Radar data will include MRMS (Multi-Radar, Multi-Sensor) data in Quality Controlled (QCed) and non-QCed form, including rain/snow delineation of radar data
Increase in GIS services
Saving animations out for use elsewhere (e.g. social media)
An example of the planned display is shown at
In the meantime, we do (and have always had) a non Flash based version of the radar displays. This can be accessed from the regular radar page, by clicking on the "Go to: Standard Version" link near the top left part of the screen. Or, you can use the following link:
I used to get constant reminders to update or install Flash but haven't gothen any in a while and I don't miss them. They became very annoing. I don't see any change in the performance of the websites.
It has been replaced by HTML for a while now.
Specifically HTML5 has replaced the need for Adobe Flash.
You can test how well your particular browser will work by going to https://html5test.com/index.html. The site should automatically check your default browser compatibility with HTNL5. If it doesn't do this automatically, click on the "Your Browser" tab.
The site reports back a score and a ton of information about any potential shortcomings.
My Chrome Dev 79.0.3945.79 on Windows 10 Pro reports a 535 out of 555 points.
Hmmm. I use Safari and got YOUR BROWSER SCORES 489 OUT OF 555 POINTS. Sort of a poor showing.
...You can test how well your particular browser will work by going to
https://html5test.com/index.html. The site should automatically check your default browser compatibility with HTNL5. If it doesn't do this automatically, click on the "Your Browser" tab...
...My Chrome Dev 79.0.3945.79 on Windows 10 Pro reports a 535 out of 555 points.
I'm using Chrome 79.0.3945.88 and that site comes up with the same 535/555.
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