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Photoshop’s Top Dog Replies to ‘Flash Is Dead’ Meme

It’s currently quite fashionable to say Flash’s days are numbered — click around on the tech blogs and you’ll see.

The marketplace is certainly lining up against it. The iPad doesn’t run Flash. Same with the iPhone and iPod Touch. Major video sites are switching from the Flash Player to HTML5 video. Google and Mozilla are both enabling their browsers to play full-screen embedded video files, and there’s a whole lot you can do in JavaScript and CSS now that you couldn’t do even a year ago. AIR tastes like last week’s cheese — in an age of web apps, requiring a desktop install to run something that mimics the web just feels unnecessary.

Therefore, Flash is as good as dead, right?

Well, that’s hogwash, according to Adobe Photoshop product manager John Nack, who posted a well-reasoned retort to naysayers on his blog earlier this week.

His key points, quoted from his post:

  • Flash is flawed, but it has moved the world forward.
  • Open standards are great, but they can be achingly slow to arrive.
  • Talk of “what’s good for standards is bad for Adobe” is misinformed nonsense.
  • Flash will innovate or die. I’m betting on innovation.
  • Nack works on the Photoshop team, not the Flash team. But he has a background in web standards (SVG in particular) and his opinions are presented in a sane and balanced manner. Required reading for sure. Read Nack’s entire post on his blog.

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