Smokescreen Aims To Bring Flash To The iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch

News | Sunday May 30 2010 5:59 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , ,

According to Simon Willison, here’s how it works:
It runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG.
to make it work. Flash developers will need to manually insert a few lines of Javascript code so that the Flash content is visible on the iPhone , iPad or iPod Touch. Smokescreen could allow users to watch videos and other Flash animations on their Mobile Safari web browser without the Adobe Flash plugin. Smokescreen is also equipped to receive input from users for playing Flash based games.
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But its still early days for Smokescreen. Flash based banner ads with basic animations work fine with Smokescreen but is still too slow for smooth video experience.
that we had reported about earlier this year. Gordon is a Javascript based application created by German developer Tobias Schneider that enabled Flash developers to make their projects render on the iPhone by inserting a few lines of custom code into their application. However, as we had noted back then, a Javascript based workaround could be quite resource-intensive and may not be an ideal alternative to render Flash content on the iPhone . Since Smokescreen is based on a similar technology, we have our doubts regarding the scalability of the Smokescreen project.
What do you think? Do you really miss Flash on your iPhone ?

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