Adobe arranged to end assistance for its popular Flash on December 31st, 2020, and today is the day. While Adobe will not begin blocking Flash material until January 12th, significant internet browsers will shut it all down tomorrow and Microsoft will obstruct it in many variations of Windows. Its over.
While Adobe is finally (mercifully) letting Flash go, it will survive on in lots of historic artifacts. The Internet Archive is maintaining Flash animations and video games, including popular hits like “Peanut Butter Jelly Time.”
I personally enjoyed making stuff in Flash as a high school trainee with a totally-legitimate copy of the Adobe software on my generic HP desktop PC. Years later, whenever I see some fancy words slide into a corporate presentation, I recall having a hard time to figure out how to stimulate movement tweens in the Flash editor. Ah, memories.
Flash taken pleasure in huge cultural relevance and looms big in web history, which might be why its funeral procession has lasted for years. Web browsers began showing Flash the door early in the last years, and in 2015 Adobe asked developers to proceed to HTML5. Things ended up being official in 2017, when Adobe announced it would end assistance.