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June 27, 2011

Swiffy – HTML5 in a Jiffy…

flash Google Labs today released a new product called Swiffy that converts Flash SWF files into HTML5 compatible code. We’ve been taking a look at it and although it’s not perfect it isn’t bad either. While we’re not advocating a return to full fat flash sites (or the ubiquitous skip intro) this does provide an additional string to the digital bow. Used carefully it can afford us levels of animation simply not achievable using jQuery and the like. It also gives us the opportunity to create a more engaging ‘fallback’ than the dreaded ‘alternative gif’. Flash is dead. Long live Flash!

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January 27, 2011

Flash / HMTL5 and jQuery for the rest of us…

In a recent blog post Mark Anders of Adobe demonstrated a prototype HTML5 animation editor called ‘Edge’. The video makes interesting viewing and certainly seems to confirm that Adobe is thinking about a post ‘Flash plugin required’ world. Although the product appears to rely heavily on existing technologies (namely Javascript) it does appear to tick a number of the boxes that the rest of us (i.e. visual designers / animators) need to get our jobs done and keep our clients happy. While there has been much talk about the battle between HTML5 and Flash from a streaming video point of view, few people seem to mention such humble matters as animating page graphics and banner ads. Hopefully this app might go some way to address this and personally we can’t wait to open our wallets again. All we need now is the ubiquitous ‘skip intro’ button, a rocking compression codec and the ability to link to a product someone wants to sell! Oh and you will need the Flash plugin to view this…

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October 20, 2010

Second generation iPads revealed…

Giant iPhone jokes aside we’re far less skeptical about the new iPad than many. Touch screens on more ‘mobile’ devices are definitely the way forward and despite having both an iMac and a Macbook Pro at home I still do most of my browsing on an iPhone. With applications continuously switching to the cloud and or appearing as dedicated ‘apps’ on these ‘smart’ devices we believe people are going to have to forget about the Personal Computer as a concept altogether. The days of inserting 40 odd floppy disks into a beige plastic box so you can install a program to write a letter are (thankfully) over and the conventional computing environment (in the home at least) is going to go the same way in our humble opinion. The way we interact with the web is changing too. Why search through hundreds of web pages diligently bookmarking different Yoga positions when there’s an app for it? The one major flaw with the current iPad of course is it’s dependence (through synching) with exactly the same old school computing environment we have just been discussing. But we don’t think this will last forever and we doubt Apple does either. Connect your iPad wirelessly to your network drive and bingo everything is backed up without the need for another device. Bring on the 6th generation iPad that’s what we say (oh and make sure it’s Flash enabled….)

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