For a long time, Flash animations were quite the thing in Web Design technology. Until that point, the Internet was pretty much Static. Or in other words, pieces of text and images were assigned fixed positions on a webpage.
Then, Macromedia Flash (now Adobe Flash; Adobe Systems bought out Flash from Macromedia in 2005 for $3.4 billion dollars – Gasp!) came in and changed everything.
The Internet witnessed a wonderful era of flying letters, zooming images, cool sound effects and interactive games. (remember Miniclip?)
Flash is essentially an animation software, which is capable of producing full fledged 2D animation sequences. However, for web, animators created short or looping animated sequences which are compressed and are smaller in file size.
Check out a few creative websites created using Flash:
Unlike the above pages which are fully designed using Flash, you could also use Flash elements which occupy certain segments of a website – banners, headers, image sliders, etc.
But like almost everything in the world, Flash has its shortcomings:
1. Buffering Time: Since they are basically graphic sequences, Flash animations takes up a lot of time to completely load.
2. Compatibility and Responsiveness: Despite it’s wide popularity, Flash in not a universal standard for web. That means, people could have difficulty viewing your content on their browsers or devices.
3. Site Ranking: Search engines realize the fact that Flash animations are not the best technology around. So modern search algorithms in Google, Bing, etc. penalize websites which have Flash content. In effect, your site could come down on the Google search page, just because you have Flash content in your website. Bummer, right?
4. Modification: Modifying a Flash sequence which was once created is a tedious task. The entire sequence has to be painstakingly modified and is time consuming.
5. File Size: In reference to the first point, Flash animations occupy a lot of space on your web servers.
Google Chrome Team had launched a campaign called ‘Chrome Experiments‘ in 2009, to promote, showcase and experiment the latest in open source web technology.
Check out these amazing websites powered by Chrome Experiments:
3. Roll it
Internet experts predict that mobile is the future of Internet. Modern mobile browsers like Opera, Chrome, Firefox, etc. are widely devoting their resources to welcome the future of the Internet – Web 3.0.
Here is a website we implemented using some modern web standards like HTML5, CSS3 Transforms and JQuery based animations: Nalakath Constructions
Would you still want to use an outdated technology from the last decade to be used in your website?
Do you still use Flash in your website? Or, have you embraced the aforementioned modern web technologies? What are your views on the same? Let us know in the comments section below.