Swiffy - Google Labs Converts Flash Elements to HTML5

Published Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:35 PM

Flash is everywhere, but it seems no one really likes using it. Everyone is starting to find ways around using Flash and now that all major Web browsers and mobile browsers like the iPhone support HTML5 in some manor people are starting to switch over. Google has made it apparent they don't care much for Flash converting all videos on YouTube into their own Webm format and making their website HTML5 compatible. Google has released a little tool called "Swiffy" in the Google Labs that can convert Flash objects into HTML5 objects.

The application is still in it's early stages and won't convert all Flash objects, but currently works well with ads and animations at the moment. The upload page has some tips to getting your Flash object converted. "Swiffy currently supports a subset of SWF 8 and ActionScript 2.0, and the output works in all Webkit browsers such as Chrome and Mobile Safari. If possible, exporting your Flash animation as a SWF 5 file might give better results."

The Google Blog has this to say describing how the Swiffy app works.

"Swiffy uses a compact JSON representation of the animation, which is rendered using SVG and a bit of HTML5 and CSS3. ActionScript 2.0 is also present in the JSON object, and is interpreted in JavaScript in the browser. This representation makes the Swiffy animations almost as compact as the original SWF files."

Pretty awesome if you ask me. Should be interesting to see how this tool develops. This could be the beginning of the end for Flash. I have to say I won't miss it eating up my RAM and slowing my system down one bit.

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