With Snap.svg, Adobe gets animated SVG religion — again

Adobe's Snap.svg software, a JavaScript library for Web browsers that automates various vector-graphics tasks such as animation, is something of a substitute for tasks Web developers might in the past have used Flash for.

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Eight years after Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia for $3.4 billion, in part for its Flash technology that vanquished the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, the company has released an open-source project called Snap.svg designed to bring some Flash-like characteristics to the Web.

Flash is slowly being squeezed off the Web — at least newer parts of it — by the fact that it doesn’t run on mobile devices and that browser developers are starting to banish plug-ins. Adobe has redirected a lot of its staffing accordingly to Web standards that work in browsers without plug-ins, and SVG is one such standard.

Adobe announced Snap.js Wednesday at the HTML5 Developer’s Conference in San Francisco.

Adobe was a founder and major supporter of SVG back before it lost out to Flash a decade ago. So in a way, the Snap.svg project is retro as well as forward-looking. Like Mozilla’s Shumway, it could help fil… [Read more]


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