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My main reasons to hate Flash

Puntocom

Well-known member
#1
  • Propietary technology not compatible with all browsers.
  • By default, microphone is activated with high volume. A malicious flash application can grab this information.
  • When the mouse pointer is above the flash, mouse wheel does not scroll the webpage.
 

Forsaken

Well-known member
#2
  • Propietary technology not compatible with all browsers.
  • By default, microphone is activated with high volume. A malicious flash application can grab this information.
  • When the mouse pointer is above the flash, mouse wheel does not scroll the webpage.
Which browsers isn't it compatible with? All the main browsers are more then capable of handling flash, and many issues with CPU/RAM usage -aren't- always Flashes fault (Firefox doesn't handle Flash well because it often has high CPU for the -majority-).

I rarely use my microphone, and when I'm not using it, I have it unplugged, so I don't have people bothering trying to hear what I sound like :p, so I've never had this issue.

Unless the Flash is coded badly (On the administrator/designers side) it shouldn't do this.

Flash has its uses, however people tend to abuse it so that its used for -everything-.  
 

vijayninel

Active member
#3
  • Propietary technology not compatible with all browsers.
  • By default, microphone is activated with high volume. A malicious flash application can grab this information.
  • When the mouse pointer is above the flash, mouse wheel does not scroll the webpage.
Well done. Dont use flash. Steve Jobs will agree with you.

I like if for its ability to rich interactive content though.
 

Caelum

Well-known member
#4

It had to be said ;)

I like Flash when it's actually used properly. As for flash intros (which Flash is used far too often for, in my opinion :p), weeelll, I'll just quote a Macromedia employee...
Jared said, "When we have clients who are thinking about Flash
splash pages, we tell them to go to their local supermarket and
bring a mime with them. Have the mime stand in front of the
supermarket, and, as each customer tries to enter, do a little
show that lasts two minutes, welcoming them to the supermarket
and trying to explain the bread is on aisle six and milk is on
sale today.

"Then stand back and count how many people watch the mime, how
many people get past the mime as quickly as possible, and how
many people punch the mime out.

"That should give you a good idea as to how well their splash
page will be received. That's the crux of it."

However, Jared did add, if 100% of your site visitors are coming
to learn one thing and one thing only from you, then a splash
page might work. His example, "Michael Jackson's home page today
could say 'I'm innocent of all charges,' and that would be it."

So, you heard it from a usuability expert that Macromedia
themselves recommend. Flash intros are not wonderful.

 

Puntocom

Well-known member
#5
Which browsers isn't it compatible with? All the main browsers are more then capable of handling flash, and many issues with CPU/RAM usage -aren't- always Flashes fault (Firefox doesn't handle Flash well because it often has high CPU for the -majority-).
For example text browsers or in the case I decide to run only free software. The free flash plugin really sucks.

Anyway I find flash useful for banners or watching porn... although I would prefer a similar free technology.
 

Forsaken

Well-known member
#6
For example text browsers or in the case I decide to run only free software. The free flash plugin really sucks.

Anyway I find flash useful for banners or watching porn... although I would prefer a similar free technology.
If you're using a text browser... You didn't want text in the first place. Thats just logical.

The Flash plugin -is- free. From what I'm aware, there is no premium Flash plugin, unless you mean the software for creating Flash, which doesn't offer a different plugin.

Flash is useful for media, advertising, and for interactivity (Games and certain other things).

Full flash websites, unless its for -heavy media- (Games, movies, some TV), serve no point in using a full flash implementation. Same goes for Flash intros, which tends to be considered an abuse by people that actually design in Flash. 
 

Puntocom

Well-known member
#11
Do you mean OpenSource?
I mean Free Software. Quoting GNU:

The fundamental difference between the two movements is in their values, their ways of looking at the world. For the Open Source movement, the issue of whether software should be open source is a practical question, not an ethical one. As one person put it, “Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement.” For the Open Source movement, non-free software is a suboptimal solution. For the Free Software movement, non-free software is a social problem and free software is the solution.
 

OperaManiac

Well-known member
#12
Adobe Flash is great for stuff that cannot be done using widespread web technologies.

like on IMGUR, they use Flash to allow users upload multiple files in one go.

i believe it can be achieved using HTML5 but using flash makes it compatible with tons more browsers.
 

Greg

Active member
#14
Adobe's inability to release consistently working versions for all major OSes means that Flash really shouldn't be used. I mean, how many months was there no x64 build for Linux?
 

Greg

Active member
#16
Yes, that works, but it's quite recent. For a large chunk of time preceeding that, there was no Linux x64 support at all.
 

OperaManiac

Well-known member
#17
i understand your point. but from my memory, adobe actually had a beta of flash player for linux 64bit. but nothing for mac os x and windows os 64bit!

you could not use adobe flash player inside IE 64bit edition for example... though it worked fine in IE 32 bit on Windows 64bit editions.

and yeap. i know that linux 64bit does not really accepted the 32bit build of flash player for linux!

but the recent developments are very positive in nature!