Google’s Swiffy Tool Converts Flash To iOS Friendly HTML5

Google’s Swiffy Tool Converts Flash To iOS Friendly HTML5

We'd show you the original Flash game on the left, but we've found life very livable without Flash installed on our machines.

Google’s just helped put another nail in Adobe Flash’s coffin. Their new tool is called Swiffy, and it allows you to easily convert simple SWF Flash animations and games into HTML5 compliant code, viewable and interactable on any iPhone or iPad.

Swiffy’s not a miracle worker — it works best on simpler Flash animations and games, and it only works in WebKit browsers like Safari, Mobile Safari and Chrome. That said, the demonstrations are pretty impressive.

For best results, Google recommends exporting your Flash animation as an SWF file. Here’s how it works:

A SWF file is converted in two phases: the Swiffy compiler (which you can use on this website) processes the SWF file and generates a JSON file. A client-side JavaScript runtime loads that JSON file and renders it using HTML, SVG and CSS

Pretty cool. In another year, I’m guessing even Adobe will stop trying to claim that Flash is indispensable for experiencing the web. The battle’s already over, and even Adobe’s so-called allies are now giving up the fight.

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  • matthewfabb

    Similar to Adobe’s
    Wallaby, Google’s Swiffy seems to be mainly about converting banner ads,
    which are big business to both Adobe & Google.

    iOS users
    can expect more annoying CPU-consuming banner ads in the future. Not having Flash on
    your device will no longer be a way to avoid them anymore.

  • IamEzio

    install ad blocker ..

  • ConvertMyFlash

    Folks,

    This is not the silver bullet for Flash Site owners.

    It will NOT convert your flash site into a mobile-friendly HTML5 version.

    It will ONLY convert old flash animations and banners made years ago using AS2.

    We can help :  http://ConvertMyFlash.com

    We can FULLY CONVERT your FLASH site into HTML5 ( powered by WordPress )..in just 72hrs.

    Enabling your business to be :
    +Usable to 5 BILLION Smartphones
    +Display on 180 Million iPads+iPhones
    +Increase their Search Rankings
    +Shareable on Social Sites.

  • gareth edwards

    not a fan of the advert mate, the facts are nice but then you go and ruin it with an ad. I know business is business but it’s a bit tatty pushing stuff on a fan blog.

  • imajoebob

    If I made believe I knew what I was talking about, I’d say this is an odd turn for a company whose OS is the platform for all those phones and tablets that tout Flash as a competitive advantage.  Gets me thinking that what Apple says about Flash is true, and that Google knows Androids will perform a lot better once they can dump support for it.

  • markrlangston

    All of them worked great on my iPhone except for the Pong game. Really slow. But for a first test of this software you just know that it’s gonna get better and more optimized to handle more processor intensive tasks and operations.

    Maybe Apple saw this coming all along. 

  • oakdesk23

    how does one install an adblocker on iOS?

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