I’ve sung praises over the Flash-based multimedia suite Aviary, but what’s more disruptive than an company using Adobe’s own technology to compete with them? Perhaps something that erases Flash from the equation altogether, which is what you get with Sketchpad. If enough effort is poured into this project down the road, taking desktop tools to the web browser may no longer need plugins like Flash and Air.
That still seems like a far away future, though. Even this ReadWriteWeb report, where HTML5 has been found to be sometimes more CPU-intensive than Flash, indicates it doesn’t even have that advantage in the bag.
Then there are others who can’t see how HTML5 and Flash can even be comparable, but here’s a compelling point for that argument: where are the tools for creating in HTML5? John Nack from Adobe has a few answers. Though as an Adobe guy, he advocates for Flash too.
Finally, there’s browser adoption as the biggest and most obvious issue of all. And sadly, that one might not even be resolved.
All of these beg the question: “Is it irresponsible to advocate using HTML5 before it is ready?” But when, pray tell, will it be ready?