Adobe has been one of the major companies that was involved in creative processes related to everything we find on the web, thanks to brilliant releases like the Flash Player. But, Adobe must do its best to keep up with the times in order not to be left behind by the competition. The launch of HTML 5 has posed novel problems to other players in the industry, so Adobe had to take a step back and rethink their future Flash strategy. And it did not take long before it came up with a roadmap which paved the future for its technology.

The Future of Flash to Focus on Games and Video

Adobe starts its diatribe by admitting that Flash isn’t alone anymore in the field of creating web content. They acknowledge the rising power of technologies like HTML 5, CSS3 or JavaScript, but continue to consider Flash an important pawn in the process of web creation. But providing creative thinkers with the right materials to build focused web content won’t be the main purpose of Flash anymore, as ArsTechnica suggested. Things will slowly start to change.

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Adobe’s new strategy consists of focusing on whatever Flash does best – meaning at creating games and at showcasing real video quality. But Adobe will not neglect the other areas Flash can be used in, and will focus a lot of its efforts in perfecting those fields. They go on to say that games today are evolving extremely fast, but they think that Flash will do extremely well in catching up with these new sets of demands, even ahead of its competitors. That’s because Adobe holds almost an universal reach on the desktop because of the Flash Player browser plug-in.

Adobe Isn’t Quitting the Mobile Environment

On mobile devices, Flash infiltrates itself via Adobe AIR. The service also relies on very fast 2D and 3D rendering support which enables top notch graphics. Adobe seems to think that Flash is enough to reach 99% of computers and hoped it would end up on at least 500 million portable device owners.


Adobe is also well aware of the fact that Flash is famous for its video content delivery, thus the company will do anything to expand its dominion over responding to all video requests. And, of course, Adobe has laid out a pretty decent plan for Flash video. It plans to support premium content owners the best it can, to establish warmer collaborations with its hardware providers and provide support for content protection which leads to premium video content getting a license in order to be available for online distribution.

The new version of Flash player 11.2 will be rolling out during the first quarter of 2012, so, we’re almost there. With it, Adobe plans to add some new functionality like:

  • Mouse-lock support
  • Right and middle-click support
  • Context menu disabling
  • Hardware accelerated graphics
  • Stage 3D support for iOS and Android

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