The flash player started off as a simple one-for-all means for streaming, running rich (vast array of features, from games to office software) applications as well as basic animation (pretty much all of the animated advertisements on websites).
It’s been quite a long time since its initial release and Flash is still used just as much across the internet.
Uses of Adobe Flash Player
Anyone who’s been on the internet has probably come across the famous error, warning, notification or just a simple statement that Adobe Flash Player is required to view certain content.
Now depending on your age and interests, this content may vary, it can simply be some testing tool based on Flash or an entire browser game, let’s just go through the list.
Flash powers all of kinds games, there are countless websites out there which are more than happy to host Flash based games for kids to enjoy around the world, whether you’re interested in shooters or just some role-playing, Flash is known for having all sorts of games.
Now you need to remember that most Flash games don’t require massive gaming rigs to play, and likewise, most Flash games don’t have graphics to compare itself with modern titles. This is partially because of the fact that Flash isn’t optimized well, at all, another reason for this is simple, there simply wasn’t enough money in the Flash gaming industry for massive companies to invest in, maybe in an alternate timeline we’d have a non-CPU extensive version of Flash, maybe a couple of $60 titles while we’re at it.
But sadly, we’ve got what we have.
Animations and Web Applications
If there’s one thing that Flash does well, it’s animations. Whether you’re using it to animate your website’s banner or using it for media streaming services, whether it’s music or videos, an entire movie or a short clip, it doesn’t matter because Flash has got your back.
Flash provides one of the easiest to implement, one of the easiest to monetize (major incentive) and one of the easiest to use (also an incentive) web applications, that’s why no matter which websites you look at, you’re going to find some remnant of Flash on it.
However as time moves on, so have developers moved on from having to rely on Flash for their basic web animations, no one likes to force their users to use a plugin just to be able to experience a website in its completeness, the alternatives to Flash are easy to use, some may even consider to be easier than Flash itself.
HTML5 allows you to directly embed mp4 and mp3 files, without the need to learn any other web development language, without the need to rely on any plugins and with a uniformity between all devices, whether they be computers, smartphones, tablets or Smart TVs. This is why major streaming websites such as YouTube have started to roll out the HTML5 Player as their default streaming plugin, one that comes built-in on all modern browsers.
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