Once upon a time (in what now seems like a faraway land), a digital multimedia platform called Adobe Flash was the go-to solution for creating and displaying interactive visual media, online ads and even entire websites. Early iterations of HTML simply couldn’t support complex graphics and video, let alone complete eLearning environments – and therefore, the majority of continuing education and professional development programs primarily relied on Flash technology.
In today’s mobile era, however, many big-name media sites have transitioned to using HTML5, which provides built-in browser support and eliminates the need for any additional plug-ins or downloads. Meanwhile, Adobe Flash is slowly slipping into the darker corners of the universe, never to be heard from again. In fact, Adobe itself formally announced that by 2020 it would stop updating and distributing Flash – and that the company will “encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.”