Most of you might not remember me but I used to be an active member of this community about 4 years ago. For personal reasons I stopped participating and drifted away for some time. Now I want to make a comeback but I’m unsure about it. Would you say investing my time in making flash templates is still a viable option for a Freelance Developer? Or should I spend my time doing something else with a different technology. Please be sincere. I loved to be part of this community and would like to be a part of it again. I wish you all the best.
Adobe is shifting focus and future of Flash is not what it is used to be some years ago. You can still make money by selling Flash template but its not a huge gold mine anymore.
^ in my last paragraph’s context, “very soon” varies from 2 – 4 years depending on browser vendor. Eventually it will evolve to some points with very slow pace of adoption. Notice that CSS Shader is also not very flexible and extensive like BitmapData API so there will be limitation there.
I feel you and lot of flashers don’t really like the path Adobe revealed. The point is despite how naturally good it is, the open web is ultimately controlled and driven by large corporations (Apple, Google, MS, Adobe…) there is nothing you can do about, embracing it or quitting for good is matter of choice.
We will release soon a project you will be amazed of what is possible with HTML5 and how well it performs on ipad…
Canvas API let you do pretty much everything like Flash Player 8 several years ago. Along with some interesting features in CSS3 that make up the word html5
Aside from the fact that it works on iDevices and being web standard, there is nothing good to be proud about. I’ll greatly miss the tool, the language, workflow, framework and lot of innovations coming from Flash platform.
Too bad the ecosystem is dead and Adobe is shifting focus already, they even encourage us to jump ship and switch to html5 for ordinary interactive stuff. FYI Adobe proposes CSS Shader to the w3c and it is already in editor draft which means browser will start implementing it sooner or later. Very soon developer will be able to do bitmap filter effect with hardware accelerated in CSS , things that we have enjoyed doing in BitmapData but again with much lower level API .
The future of Flash is in Adobe’s hands and they think its game development. You can’t just do it differently.
I think the overall marketplace earning is still worth something to drive the whole site moving a bit.
In the end, people wants site template that works on mobile with great backend. Thats what Envato and ThemeForest dive into
But hey we still have more sales than 3docean, yes !
Just want to share this article:http://speckyboy.com/2012/09/05/a-history-lesson-on-the-rise-and-fall-of-adobe-flash/
Normally these kind of post are full of bashing, ignorance and contains untruthful facts about the actual state of web technology but this one was quite well written with many fair points. More than that, it features ActiveDen as a popular source repository of flash component. The final thought is something worth thinking about:
Final thoughts: I would argue that Flash is by no means a dead technology. Actionscript development is still heavily influencing web games, animated websites, and other copy-protected dynamic content. The Flash browser plugin is also a staple install for new PCs and Macs alike. It’s hard to believe that Flash will ever completely phase out of existence unless some other better technology can take its place. But we can see today that more standards are being implemented for web-based media players. HTML5 audio and video support has opened new standards for web developers to push away from the default Flash fallback. These newer HTML5 semantics not only support desktop browsers, but also most of the smartphones and tablets in the market today. If you have any similar thoughts or ideas on the future bearings of Adobe Flash you can share with us in the post discussion area below.