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Google Debuts Flash-To-Html5 Converter

By InformationWeek

June 30, 2011

Google recently introduced Swiffy, an experimental online tool that can convert Flash (SWF) files into HTML5, which allows the converted files to be rendered in Web browsers without the Flash Player plug-in.

"You can upload a SWF file, and Swiffy will produce an HTML5 version, which will run in modern browsers with a high level of SVG support such as Chrome and Safari," says Google's Marcel Gordon.

Swiffy translates animations into a JSON object with ActionScript 2.0 code, which is rendered using SVG, HTML5, and CSS. With the new tool, Google is joining other companies, including Adobe, in promoting HTML5 over Flash. Adobe already offers ways to convert Flash content, and the company recently introduced Wallaby, software that converts Flash Professional files into HTML5 code.

The company also is working on Edge, a tool for creating animated graphics using HTML5, CSS, and Javascript. In addition, a new Mac app tool called Hype provides HTML5 animation capabilities, and a startup called Loqheart offers software called Spriteloq to make Flash content functional for mobile developers. Frost & Sullivan analyst Peter Finalle expects to see Flash supported by almost 38 percent of tablets by the end of the year.

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