Adobe have released an experimental tool which converts Flash content (FLA files) to HTML5, via its Adobe Labs website.
The tool is strangely named ‘Wallaby’ and can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe Labs website. The main advantage to such a tool is that Flash content can now be made iOS compatible, as Apple’s Safari browser supports HTML5 coding. Adobe and Apple have disputed the lack of Flash on the iPhone and iPad for a long time, but now it seems developers will be able to ensure their sites and applications are fully iOS compatible with the use of Wallaby.
Wallaby is at present only a basic tool, and still lacks compatibility with some features of Flash Professional. Adobe are confident that almost all Flash files can be converted to HTML with Wallaby, and edited using a HTML editor such as Adobe Dreamweaver though.
Perhaps Adobe are finally giving up the fight against Apple, or perhaps they see Flash as a thing of the past and HTML5 as the future for not just iOS devices, but all mobile devices. Who knows, but I’m sure we will find out soon enough.