Replacement of Flash?
With Silverlight not picking up, and Flash not supported by Apple, most Enterprises want to know the 'universally acceptable and compelling' technology to use for building Flash style presentations. HTML5 with XML could be a fit. Are there any other emerging technologies?
It would be important to keep an eye on Unity3d.com - the company has healthy relationships with hardware device manufactures and their respective SDK teams. They are built into the google chrome browser on desktop, and have integrated many monetization features across multiple screens.
HTML5 and CSS with a little Java... but if you are looking for software to help build all this, I have been using Adobe MUSE for a while now and love how easy it is to create almost anything you could want, including linking to animated elements and embedding them.
HTML5 and CSS3 are widely accepted and load quickly on desktop and mobile devices... don't forget the mobile users - don't lose them due to heavy load times. Keep it super lightweight these days. Think of the end user always. What do THEY need in order for you to make the hook/sale? Do they really need a fancy animation? Often the answer is no unless it's an entertainment/gaming site/application. Users are more often than not looking for information in order to make a purchase either now or down the line.
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HTML5, Jquery is the way to go. I been using the Reveal Framework for my online presentations, a demo is available here - http://lab.hakim.se/reveal-js/#/
You can fork it from here - https://github.com/hakimel/reveal.js
HTML5 has native support for Canvas, there are other technologies like SVG etc.
Infact, recently developers have even built beautiful effects using simple div elements. (HTML)
Look at a demo here: helloracer.com/webgl/
From what I read below, your chief concern seems to be a great UX without losing the SEO benefits. If that is so, I would suggest you take a hybrid approach of combining Flash, HTML5 & CSS3. What you could is to break up and reorder your website's content into SEO centric (where you primarily use HTML5) and UX centric (where you use Flash). Further, no harm in repeating content which you need for both.
HTML 5 is the best way to go. Open Source.. is much better a standard than propriety players like flash.
HTML5 along with CSS3 animations work well. I've just built a site using these techniques at www.tommaddocks.com. The site is responsive, and animations work on smartphones, tablets, etc.
HTML5 and jQuery are the waves of the future, and can do everything Flash can and more.
That being said, be careful of those who say that Flash is dead. Theyve been saying that since HTML5 came into being in 2004, and Flash is still the dominant player in that market. Dont rush into abandoning Flash altogether, as support for HTML5 is spotty at the best and nonexistent at the worst among the major web browsers. HTML5 is the future, but the future isnt here yet in that regard, and if you switch completely to HTML5 youll be leaving a huge viewing audience in the dust.
Use html 5 and jquery,. Flash was never food for a seo friendly website.
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I agree with the esteemed contributors to this forum. HTML5 is the way to go. Adobe Edge Animate (part of the Creative Cloud Suite) provides a solution for non-programmers to create HTML5-compliant animations.
What device are "Flash style presentations" made for?
Most requests/projects we get is one of the following:
1) iOS/Android app. Flash is OK 80% of time, Unity- in graphics and 3D heavy cases
2) Downloadable Mac/PC app and/or CD distribution. Flash is still great for this, Unity is good, too.
For web browser experiences, the standarts' support is messy, but WebGL is getting traction, so HTML5 actually works. Moreover, Unity announced that there will be WebGL support in Unity 5.0, so in near future we'll finally have a good IDE for WebGL exporting.
HTML5 and also look what jQuery can do http://medleyweb.com/web-dev/40-best-jquery-plugins-every-web-developer
Example of our own is this responsive menucard http://www.rivers.nl/menukaart/
I also would like to mention that Flash is really bad for SEO, only that would be a reason to skip Flash.
What exactly do you want to build? Maybe I can give more tips if I know the requirements.
As IDC analyst Al Hilwa pointed out in a note he sent to reporters this morning:
Eating your own children is standard operating procedure for successful tech companies. HTML5 is coming on strong as a standard, accelerated by the speed of change of hardware devices. By 2013 we will reach a point where 90% of smartphones and tablets will sport HTML5 capable browsers.
Now this is a true statement. I have only known HTML5, Flash, Silverlight and of course Edge. Why I would say bank on html5? The smartphone is a great world changer. Its ability to push appropriate and relevant information over video is remarkable. Having assurety that your videos will resize on any platform i.e. Vimeo. Unlike its professional competitor You-tube continues to use non responsive iframes to display your videos manually across the Web.
If I, Charles c.o.o. here with Tior Media can assist with your multi-media related questions feel free to ask.
Flash Builder Premium now outputs to formats usable by both iOS and Android, but I haven't played with it much. If it does what it claims, you're golden.
html5 is the way.
today you can create wonderful animations, interfaces, great UX and many more with the use of html5.
plus, you can always find a ready-made code of tool to help you short-cut your way to the solution you are looking for.
html5 is not only great for desktop sites but also a great solution for mobile devices, when implemented with responsive designs.