More people are willing to break away from Adobe Flash Player – perhaps because it won’t be long before support for it will end. While many are making a move from Flash, Adobe is still offering releases for it such as the Flash Player 24 branch. Of course, with numerous threats plaguing the player, people wonder if they are any viable options available.
Thankfully, there are.
This player has been slowing replacing Adobe Flash Player for quite some time – it’s one of the more preferred ways to bring content to web users. However, despite its popularity, Flash is still the go-to player because some products will not work without it.
Itai Asseo said in 2011 that Flash provides developers the opportunity to create applications that work throughout the web. Needless to say, HTML 5 was still in its infancy, meaning it wasn’t near as good as the HTML 5 of today. Times have certainly changed, and when Google decided to make the switch from Adobe to HTML 5, people took notice.
When Google developers came up with Chrome 56, it no longer supported Flash Player.
And, it appears Apple is making the same move. They do offer support for Adobe AIR.
Lightspark is an open source Flash Player, which is written in C/C++ and operates on Linux systems. The current Lightspark version is 0.7.2, made public in 2013. Since it’s more than four years old, it could be problematic for a lot of Flash-based content.
GNU Gnash is an SWF files media player. It works two ways:
- Browser plugin
- Standalone player for embedded devices and desktops
The great thing about the GNU program is that it’s open source and free to use. It will play SWF files but only up to version 7. GNU Gnash will offer some support for both SWF Version 8 and 9 but not 10 at all.
GNU Gnash’s last update was in 2012, which means some content may not get any support.
While Silverlight isn’t available any longer, there is definitely some takeaway from its existence. It was written to work with rich internet applications, and NBC used Silverlight to live stream video coverage of both the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Netflix and Amazon even used it for their streaming services. After Microsoft announced it was no longer support Silverlight, Netflix adopted HTML 5.
It stands to reason that the better Flash Alternative would be HTML 5. After all, both Google Chrome and Netflix are using it, but still, there is a lot of content on the web that uses Adobe Flash Player. The choice is really up to you. Are you ready to make the switch?