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Apple Goes Nuclear in War Against Adobe Flash

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We're almost halfway through 2011, and Adobe Flash doesn't have many friends. Associates, sure, but they're not exactly inviting the platform over for dinner.

It's tolerated on Android platforms. It was purportedly coming to Windows Phones, but now that may not happen. Though it'll be supported in QNX, it apparently won't come to BlackBerry 7. It went missing for the Motorola Xoom's launch. Mozilla's VP doesn't see much a future for it. And we all know Apple's stance on the issue.

Although it's a ubiquitous platform that's supported on all major desktop browsers, there's good reason why many developers hope to see Flash phased out. It's buggy, it's a security risk, it's a system hog. With the rollout of HTML5, many hope to see the antiquated platform finally die.

And two former Apple developers may help pull the plug.

Jonathan Deutsch and Ryan Nielsen have designed and released Hype -- a viable HTML5 alternative to Flash available for the Mac. Like Flash, the program uses keyframes for designers to create animations and transitions for web content. However, Hype uses the WebKit engine which powers Google Chrome and Safari.

Already, the software is the top grossing app in the Mac App Store since launching last Friday.

In an interview with The Startup Foundry, Deutsch said he teamed up with Nielsen to create a tool that would be supported on mobile devices. "While Flash enables some really great content on the web, there's lots of people who aren't favorable on it due to its lack of accessibility, CPU usage, or crashes.  It isn't appropriate for mobile."

Hype, on the other hand, is fully supported on iOS and Android devices.

The software is feature heavy and the official site also includes tutorials to help newbies get started with kicking Flash to the curb.

Although Deutsch admits that Adobe has been making progress in Flash's stability on mobile devices, that all could be moot if the alternative is so simple, accessible, stable, and widely supported.

(See also: Adobe Flash Is Doomed, Says Firefox VP and Apple-Adobe War Intensifies)
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