Facebook file-sharing app Pipe shifting from Flash to WebRTC

Pipe lets Facebook users send files to each other with a drag-and-drop interface. Behind the scenes, the app now uses the WebRTC standard to establish a peer-to-peer connection for file transfers up to 1GB as long as both parties are online.

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Pipe just launched a new version of its Facebook file-sharing app, illustrating that the shift away from Adobe Systems’ Flash Player to Web standards is getting steadily easier.

The new Pipe app uses a newer standard called WebRTC for real-time communications on the Web, the company said Monday. That standard got its start for Skype-like video and audio chats, but it’s got a data-sharing ability, too. The brains of the new app run in JavaScript, the universal language of Web programming, with a boost from the AngularJS project that makes JavaScript more manageable.

Pipe lets people send files as large as 1GB to each other when sender and recipient are both online — a peer-to-peer connection that Pipe merely facilitates. If the recipient is offline, Pipe has to store the file for a time, and the limit is 250MB. Previously, Pipe had a maximum size of 100MB.

Pipe only launched last June, but the Web’s move away from Flash means the company’s move to a different technology was only a matter of time. … [Read more]


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