Adobe Flash (formerly called "Macromedia Flash") is a multimedia and
software platform used for designing vector graphics, animation, games
and rich Internet applications (RIAs) that can be viewed, played and
executed in Adobe Flash Player. Flash is frequently used to add streamed
video or audio players, advertisements and interactive multimedia
content to web pages.
Adobe Flash allows you to work with
vector, raster, and three-dimensional graphics. The standard format for
compiled flash-files (animation, games and interactive applications) is
The basis of flash animation is vector morphing – the
smooth overflow from one key frame to another. It allows making
complicated animated scenes, by asking just a few key frames.
Flash uses ActionScript as the programming language.
is an object-oriented programming language. It is one of the ECMAScript
dialects that adds interactivity, data processing and much more in the
contents of Flash-applications.
With the help of ActionScript, you can create interactive multimedia applications, games, websites and a lot of others.
Why Flash may not be so good
main disadvantages of flash-applications is the excessive burden on
CPU’s because of its inefficiency of the Flash Player virtual machine.
Though it should be noted that sometimes the cause is the lack of
flash-application optimization by its developers, and the use of
The second disadvantage of
flash-applications are the lack of mistake control. It leads to frequent
failures of the applications and in some cases even the entire browser
can be harmed. The ability of flash-applications to disrupt the work of
entire browser repeatedly provoked the criticism from browser
Another disadvantage that is typical to all
virtual machines is that not there is not always the ability to run the
flash-application, as it has some difficulties. For example, some users
or admins switch off the flash-content in browsers settings. It links
with the system resources by getting rid of any annoying ads, popups and
tight information security. This disadvantage makes the Flash
technology less universal and limits its use in many web applications.
The final disadvantage is that the using flash to place text information makes it difficult to index by search engines.See also: Photoshop Tips on Retouching Your Photos!