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I am being given a choice.
For this application we are developing, I can have it run on my site using a custom plug-in or make it Flash based.
I assume that most people already have the Flash player installed, but I am told that making updates to this application will be more expensive if it is built in Flash.
If I go the custom plug-in route, I am concerned that the install rate will be low.
Does anyone know of any research or stats on install rates of custom plugins or plugins in general?
Thanks a bunch.
I am told that making updates to this application will be more expensive if it is built in Flash
I believe the reason it will be more expensive is because I am making an iPhone app as the base product but I would like it to run on the web also. The developer has a custom plugin that will allow a smoother transition of updates when they are made in the app and then need to be translated to the web version. If it is done in Flash,it is like a seperate effort to update the Flash version, thus more expensive.
I do agree on the "zero trust" for custom plugins. that was my concern.
I wish I had some numbers to back it up though!
You can run Flash in the iPhone
I was also under the impression that Flash did not run on iPhone. Because of that I was planning on building a mobile version of my homepage with no Flash.
Unless you're dealing with a huge brandname: don't even think about it.
Even though I am dealing with a huge brandname I don't think I am going to do it. I've been thinking about it and on top of the trust issues I think I have to factor in laziness and indignation. These are both things that I myself would experience at the thought of having to install a custom plugin.
An iphone doesn't really need a mobile version of your site though. You can detect an iphone with some CSS3 media queries and feed it a simpler layout using CSS (less wide content helps a lot)
Flash CS5 (the next version) is claimed to be going to include a way to convert flash you author into an iphone app (for the apple iTunes app store)