So I was showing a friend some old flash animations the other day.
You know, things we 'grew up with' being internet nerds.
From Badger Badger Badger, to StarWarz Gangsta Rap, to Shibby.swf, all the way to HomeStarRunner! you name it.
And it occurred to me (and I'll be writing a piece for this, for my upcoming blog), but we keep losing features, for the purpose of.... well absolutely-fucking-nothing.
(and I'm not going to miss the chance to bash on Apple as usual and point out their reservations to signing with Macromedia\Adobe on the portables is key here...).
There is nothing that can replace the fluid frame by frame line drawn flash.
Try watching a Flash you used to like on youtube, even at 1080p it's not even close. 1080p60 is close, but still not there.
Nothing else can offer clickable elements for 'eastereggs' in the same way.
Nothing I know can compress high quality animation to such low file sizes.
And nothing allows content creators as simple a way to create videos than Action Script.
Sure, there were vulnerabilities introduced because flash ket trying to "get bigger" and I can understand the need to lock it down a bit, but really, we gave up on Flash animations, without anything else offering anywhere near the feature set.
Could you imagine watching Strongbad and NOT looking for easter eggs?
Or trying to animate a wicked 'stick death' scene without Flash's Tweens?
I mean, It only occurred to me the other night. Nothing actually took its place, big brands just slowly hurt it more and more to the point that my pile of SWF's I used to enjoy on my Nokia's wont run on iOS or Android anymore.