Who among us has never received a message asking him to download and install “Flash Player” on the browser in order to enjoy games and watch videos on the web?
Flash Player has always been present on our computers, so most of what we were doing on the browser from watching videos, listening to the radio, and playing games online was thanks to this program, but as it is said, every beginning and end of Flash technology from Adobe will be the last of this year after the bid It lasted for two decades.
In an official statement from the “Adobe” company, in which it announced that the official end of the Flash service will be on December 31, 2020. This is after years of confusion, as the company announced in 2017 that the end of this service will be near due to its many security problems and giving up Lots of leading companies like Apple and Microsoft.
In fact, this step the company took is of great importance, as it met with the approval of the largest companies in the field of technology and technology such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Mozilla, to the extent that these companies informed their users of what is going on and assured them that this decision is in the interest of the user.
In this article, we deal with everything related to Flash technology, this technology that has given a lot for many years, thanks to which we were able to watch thousands of videos on YouTube, enjoy flash games via the browser that accompanied our childhood, listen to the radio and much more. Starting with the history of technology, then we move on to its most prominent developments, through the reasons that led to its suspension, and last but not least, what does the decision to suspend mean for you as a user?
The birth of the “flash” technology!
Adobe Flash is a multimedia program whose function is to produce web and animation applications, computers, and mobile applications, and with it, it can create games for the phone and play videos on a computer or via the web. The first appearance of Flash was in 1993 by FutureWave Software and called SmartSketch. The SmartSketch program was initially intended for drawing, intended for computers running the PenPoint OS system, but due to the failure of this system and its unpopularity at that time, the program was transferred to Windows and Mac.
With the increasing popularity of the Internet during that period, FutureWave realized the importance of having software that contributes to the movement of the web as well as competing with the Macromedia Shockwave technology that was released in 1995, these motives made FutureWave modify its own SmartSketch program by adding animation features to release its new product under the name FutureSplash Animator on Mac and Windows.
In November of 1996, FutureSplash was acquired by Macromedia, and it renamed and released FutureSplash Animator as Macromedia Flash 1.0. This version of Flash had two parts: the Macromedia Flash graphics editor, and a multimedia player known as Macromedia Flash Player.
Then, in December of 2005, it was Adobe’s turn to acquire the entire Macromedia, including Flash, Dreamweaver, Director / Shockwave as well as Fireworks (which were discontinued shortly after).
In 2007, we saw the first Adobe Flash version of the program called Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, the ninth release in each of the technology’s first appearance. With it, ActionScript 3.0 was introduced, which supported the latest programming applications.
Flash was so popular at the time that the YouTube platform was completely dependent on it to deliver its videos to millions of people. But with the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, the situation changed completely due to the emergence of other open source technologies with bigger and more secure features, such as HTML 5 and CSS 3. This led to a decrease in the number of users of the technology and the applications in force, and what made the situation worse, the increasing problems Security in recent years, as these problems were the final nail in flash’s coffin.
Flash technology has evolved over the past twenty years!
Flash has gone through many stages, updates, and developments until it reached its current status, since Adobe’s acquisition of Macromedia, these stages have been among the most important reasons for the richness of web content as well as computer programs and mobile applications for a long time.
As mentioned earlier, the first version of Adobe for Flash “Adobe Flash CS3 Professional” was in 2007, which is the version in which the company introduced the programming language ActionScript 3.0. In the year 2008, the company revealed the tenth version of Adobe Flash CS4, several aspects have improved in this version, including the development of animation settings and the addition of a motion settings panel – similar to those found in Adobe After Effects – the ability to draw and control 3D models. In addition to many text and graphics features.
The tenth edition also included “3D engine”, which is a compact 3D system that allows converting shapes into 3D models with the ability to customize and modify them (positioning, rotation, volume control), but without the GPU acceleration feature, which is the technology of graphics processing unit acceleration.