I have been quite surprised about the comments sent to me by Flash-lovers who are still in denial, of which a few have been public on the ProVideo Coalition website, and many more have been private, sometimes desperate sounding e-mails. In the past, people used to say that some Mac-lovers were religious fanatics. I now realize that some Flash-lovers are perhaps even more devoted religious fanatics. Some of these Flash religious fanatics have made terrible criticisms about Steve Jobs and Apple regarding their position about Flash, despite both Google and Microsoft backing that position. The purpose of this article is to help Flash religious fanatics who are still in denial to come to grips with reality and get through their “mourning” period as gracefully as possible.
Here are the steps:
STEP 1: Separate your content-consumer attitude from your content-producer attitude
It is vital for you to recognize that as a professional reader of ProVideo Coalition magazine, you must learn to separate your dual personality, since you are both a content-consumer and a content producer.
STEP 2: Release your content consumer frustration
If you are a Flash religious fanatic, you can do the following to help release your frustration:
- Send nasty comments, e-mails, and letters about Apple, Steve Jobs, Google, Microsoft, and even about me.
- Have a friend shoot a video of you while you destroy an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch and upload the video to YouTube.
- Buy an Android-based phone, which might someday be able to play Flash (if there is any Flash content left on the web by the time they do).
Remember that even if you just close your eyes and simply imagine having done those things, you may release as much frustration as having actually done them in real life. After you do any or all of the this and feel relieved, go to the following step.
STEP 3: Recognize that as a content producer, you only have one logical choice
Now that you’ve gotten that out of your system in the prior step, realize that you aren’t going to be able to convince 30-million iPhone owners and 1 million iPad owners to get rid of their Apple devices. You’re not going to convince Steve Jobs to accept Flash on Apple’s mobile devices either. You -and your clients- cannot afford to have 31 million potential viewers miss your content because it is incompatible with their devices. You must create content that is compatible with those 31 million devices, which (in case you didn’t get it yet) is not Flash. You must create non-Flash content, or convert your existing content to non-Flash, and in the process, join the growing list of organizations like ABC, Brightcove, CBS, CNET TV, CNN, CNN Money, CW Network, ESPN, Facebook, Fox News, Flickr, InStyle, LIFE, Major League Baseball, MSNBC, National Geographic, the National Hockey League, Netflix, Nike, NPR, The Onion, People magazine, Reuters, the Rouxbe Cooking School, Sports Illustrated, TED, The New York Times, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Time, TV Guide, the TWIT network, YouTube, Vimeo, Virgin America, and the White House, who have already seen the light and done it too. If you need help, attend one of my upcoming seminars or webinars, which will show you how to create compatible content, while detecting a browser’s version and falling back to Flash if necessary for an older, non-updated computer.
What about Google’s Android-based phones?
Google’s Android phones have done fairly well, but not nearly as well as Apple’s collection of mobile devices so far. So even if Android devices are upgraded to play Flash content, you still can’t ignore the 31 million (and counting) Apple devices that are in the hands of content consumers. You must make your content compatible with those 31 million Apple devices, which are already in the hands of 31 million potential viewers.
You’ll feel even better when you read the next section below.
STEP 4: Feel good that Adobe’s power and market share are increasing, while Flash wanes.
Other related items you may have missed before:
- Article: Encoding web video in the age of the iPhone (2008, Allan T©pper)
- Article: T©pper is glad that the iPad doesn’t support Flash (April 5, 2010)
- Steve Jobs’ open letter: Thoughts on Flash (last week of April, 2010)
- Adobe CEO’s rebut-interview with the Wall Street Journal(April 29, 2010)
- Microsoft’s blogpost HTML5, which backs Apple’s and Google’s position (April 29, 2010)
My seminars and webinars will continue to show the best ways to encode and embed content in such a way that it is both compatible with HTML5, yet with automatic fallback for older browsers.
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