For years I’ve had an unbridled disgust for Macromedia’s Flash (now Adobe’s) program. It turned up in horrible places on websites, primarily music band sites, annoying background music and adverts. It’s most useful purpose seemed to be for time wasting mini games which wasn’t exactly useful. Any text in a flash website was usually inaccessible to screen readers and low bandwidth users and worse, you couldn’t copy the text.
This whole attitude was at odds to the rest of Macromedia’s products in the internet suite, because I absolutely loved using Dreamweaver and Fireworks. But now Flash has emerged from my hate club with flying colours thanks to the wonderful website Youtube. What flash has provided to youtube is a completely stable and foolproof method of displaying short video clips to thousands of users. I’m actually at the point where I’m dissapointed if I get directed to a video that isn’t hosted on youtube.
Congrats to Flash for finally finding the use it was destined to excel at.