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11:52 am on Oct 28, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Google has said it'll stop supporting Flash content in web pages later this year, and stop indexing SWF files.

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I do not understand why there are so many sites, which are still relying on Flash. I mean, it's been years since it was announced that Flash support will be discontinued by web browsers, then disabled by default, and so on. But, I still see a lot of sites, which still have their content using Flash.

Flash is one of the few online technology, I never tried to learn. I didn't waste my time, then.
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I agree, I don't know why there are still so many using Flash. Perhaps they are legacy sites that have no funds to update.

I can't remember that last time I last was involved in a Flash-site, but it was probably around 2004/5.
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I play word games online at {site}. The current version of Firefox is so hostile to Flash that I have to tell them over again every single day Yes, you can show Flash content from this site. (Session cookie, I guess.) Is the site taking any steps to move to something other than Flash? Who knows? Someone probably wrote the code years and years ago, and now some non-techie comes in once a day and enters the day's game, which wouldn't involve writing any new code.
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Perhaps they are legacy sites

I personally know several very large companies that can't be bothered to replace their old flash sites because their world's have not collapsed due to the incessant demand from developers for update, update, more stuff on the web etc ... Quite simply their businesses have continued to thrive without all the "necessity" of having the lastest gizmos.

Several of them have actually asked me, instead of their previous developers, simply to create a decent brochure site, period.
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Years ago I used to make little animated adverts for the sidebar of my sites in flash.

They were like little movies which you could run pause, resume and stop. They were colourful moving and caught the eye, worked quite well.

Wonder what options I would have for creating such content now?
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For many it has been "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". In most cases these days it is legacy stuff still in service that has not actually been hammered by the tech giants ... until now.

I also suspect that many will not KNOW it doesn't work any longer because their priorities are for other aspects of their sites.

The web is old enough that these kind of things will become more common than in previous years ... left over stuff, mostly forgotten, even by their creators---who have likely moved on ... or died ...
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Wonder what options I would have for creating such content now?


<canvas> + Javascript

I am sure there are software, with visual interface, to generate the Javascript code.
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@JorgeV
<canvas> + Javascript


Canvas seems to be $599, I used to create stuff in flash using Swish which was free.
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That "<canvas>" is free. It is a HTML5 tag you can use javascript with. They tell you how on several sites, even w3schools has a free tutorial: https://www.w3schools.com/graphics/canvas_intro.asp
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WebGL looks a good replacement for it.