HTML5 or Flash: Which one is better to share PowerPoint presentations?

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HTML5 Vs. Flash: this is a debate brewing up for long. Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform used to create visually engaging content, regardless of platform or technology. Mainly used for advertisements, games and broadcasting Flash animation, it’s a great tool for developing a rich and dynamic data.

HTML5 is a programming language for structuring and presenting content for the Web. It is designed to handle multimedia content like audio and video and graphical content on the web without having to resort to proprietary plug-ins’ and APIs. A programmer just needs to add tags of audio, video or graphics while inserting such media elements into the web pages.
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HTML5 has been used as an alternative to Flash as both include features of playing video, audio and using animations. Leading observers, however, say Flash delivers rich interactivity and cannot be replaced by HTML5. Putting things in perspective Simon Jary, PC Advisor and a contributing editor of Macworld says, “We’re all losers until HTML5 is sophisticated enough to match Flash, and that could take years.”

Despite the raving reviews, HTML5 works well in some instances like playing audio or video without a plugin. It can also be used as an alternative to Flash plugin on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. But when it comes to sharing rich-media based presentations on the web, HTML5 has some reservations. Flash offers greater accessibility, compatibility and media integration as compared to HTML5.
Let’s see why flash is better than HTML5 while sharing presentations online.

Flash or HTML5: Which one is better for sharing PowerPoint presentations on the web?
  • Cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility: Flash lets you send and play your presentations on any platform and on any browser as it has cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility. Flash runs on latest versions like Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Google TV and others. It also runs on the older versions used by many Internet users like the ones IE (Internet Explorer) 6, IE 7 and IE 8 whereas HTML5 does not work. HTML5 works on a few selected browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or Apple Safari. Flash runs on all platforms except portable devices like iPhone or iPad from Apple.
  • Animations: Flash supports animations from simple to complex like creating water wave effect. Whereas HTML5 supports only simple animations, limiting your choice.
  • Rich content: Flash has an edge over HTML5 in delivering rich content like audio, video and multilayer animation. Flash supports webcam whereas HTML5 does not.
  • DRM (Digital Rights Management) Support: Flash supports DRM (Digital Rights Management) whereas HTML5 does not support. DRM protected data does not allow any user to copy the data for an illegal purpose without your knowledge. Today, many companies or marketing professionals use DRM protected digital files to secure their products and services from being misused.
  • Security: Flash files are safe whereas HTML 5 can have bugs and can be hacked easily. To hack HTML 5 app, you just need to open your browser and click View Source. On other hand, to hack a Flash file you have to get through layers of protection like encryption and then obfuscation.
  • Competitive: According to Adobe’s statistics, 98% of Internet users rely on Flash Player whereas HTML 5 has recently entered the market and has got a long way to go to make its functionality competitive enough to rule the market.
Flash works wonders when it comes to desktops or laptops. But on devices like iPhone, iPads which are non-flash, HTML5 seems to be the only option that can provide Flash like experience. While Flash offers the best technology for RIAs (Rich Internet Applications), HTML5 can work well for non-flash devices to render the content.

By: Daisy Kumar
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