6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2012 2:33 PM by mjohnson RSS

Need some expertise on flash resources

Khorn Novice
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I guess I'm an IPad wannabe, but still trying to wrap my head around how I can use some of the awesome resources I have gathered from Thinkfinity.

Example:  If I go to the TF Search Engine and plug in "Cells to DNA," I get the most wonderful short 4 minute video on DNA, chromosomes and genetic structure. That video is accessible on my PC and laptop, but when I tried it on my daughter's IPad.... nada.

 

Please advise if there is a way for me to still have the best of both worlds.

  • Re: Need some expertise on flash resources
    dmantz7 New User
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    Which browser are you trying to use on the iPad to view the video from Thinkfinity?  If it is a flash based video try using iSwift browser or even Cloud Browser.  Those have free and paid versions.

    • Re: Need some expertise on flash resources
      Khorn Novice
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      Dean:

      Wow! What a quick response.  Thanks.  I don't have an IPad, but as soon as I get back to my daughter's house, I'll try one of those downloads on hers.  I am not sure which Browser they are using, but will check it out.  Just didn't want to spend the $$ if I couldn't use my tried and true resources.

      Appreciate your help.

  • Re: Need some expertise on flash resources
    wendyhaworth New User
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    Hi Karen, from what I understand, iPads are not compatible with Flash and Adobe yet. I know other tablet computers, such as Androids are. It's the only downfall of the IPad. Maybe the next generation of IPads will be compatible.

  • Re: Need some expertise on flash resources
    mjohnson Novice
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    Hi all...

     

    Adobe has officially signaled the end to mobile support for Flash, so the most likely scenario is that sites currently using Flash for delivery of media content will move to the HTML5 standard, which is browser and device agnostic. This is actually already happening with many content providers. It will take some time for this transition to occur, but it will happen. I don't think (though I have been wrong before!) the iPad will ever support Flash now that Adobe has indicated it will not update the mobile version of it anymore.

     

    I have used the "iSwifter" browser for a few things and it does usually work to display Flash content, though not 100% accurate. The "free" version is a little cumbersome due to the adds and limitations that it has. Do be careful if you go the Android route as not all versions of Android support Flash, and not all that support Flash support it 100%. The biggest drawback to mobile Flash (in my experience) is the impact it has on battery life. It will drain the device's battery faster.

     

    I think you will find that the content providers in Thinkfinity will start moving toward standards compliant delivery of media content. My guess is that by the time next fall rolls around, many will no longer require Flash. Just my guess, though, I have no inside knowledge!

     

    There's my two cents worth!

     

    Marc Johnson

    Verizon Thinkfinity Community Host

    • Re: Need some expertise on flash resources
      slagambina New User
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      Mark,

       

      Thanks again for your input.  That's good news for anyone trying to decide on what type of tablet to go with. Especially for those considering an IPad but are hesitant since it's only disadvantage would be that it does not support flash. I have talked to some of the content providers about this exact issue and I think your right on the "mark" on what the future holds.

       

      Sibby

  • Re: Need some expertise on flash resources
    mjohnson Novice
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    For those still looking to use Flash content on the iPad, there is a recently released browser app that holds some promise (at least until providers move to HTML5 content). It is called "Rover" and is a free app. There is a discussion about it in the "Online Tools" group. Take a look through this link and add your thoughts...

     

    Marc Johnson

    Verizon Thinkfinity Community Host

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