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    Need help: Flash in my website won't play on iPad or iPhone but do play on PC

    I am a novice coder, and rusty, at that. This is my first posting in this forum.

    Can someone tell me why Flash files are not playing on my website, on certain devices? They work fine on my Windows 8.1 PC on Firefox, IE, and Chrome. But a friend tried looking at the site on her iPad and iPhone and says the two Flash files do not appear or work for her when she clicks on the links.

    Instance one:
    Jody Halton - Resume and Portfolio: Adobe Flash
    When you click on the image (or the link below it), the Flash project should play.

    Instance two:
    Please go to this page...
    Jody Halton - Resume and Portfolio: Web Design samples
    Then scroll down to PawsZone website section. Click either on the image or the link beneath it. The PawsZone home page that opens should contain a Flash "slide show" at the top. My friend with the iPad and iPhone says there is nothing there but a blank space.

    I assumed these questions have to do with my web coding, not the actual Flash file, since the Flash files work on all my PC browsers. So I posted to this forum instead of the Flash forum. If you think I am posting in the wrong forum, please let me know.

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    Hi, new here, too, but I just wanted to say that flash is not natively support on Apple smart devices. There is the YouTube app, of course, but in order for me to view flash on my iPhone or iPad, I've had to download browsers that play flash. Safari will not. For my own stuff, I had to use Javascript for media to be seen on smart devices. You can test this by downloading a browser like Cloud Browse and see the difference that browser's ability to play flash and Safari's. Just my 2 Cents worth and you probably have change coming.

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    Thanks, Izzy-B! I did not know that about Flash. Can you or anyone else explain to me, then, if Flash is not natively supported on Apple smart devices, how do web designers deal with that (yes, I am REALLY uninformed and naiive)? Do they just not use Flash any more?

    Is it essentially a mistake that I even took a Flash course, and include an example of Flash on my portfolio website if potential employers can't view it? Does it show ignorance on my part to have used a Flash "slide show" on the home page of a sample website? My school's web design certificate program did not teach me Javascript, so perhaps I will have to pursue that on my own. But for the short run... I have a portfolio website and hope to look for a job soon, and don't want to look like a fool by having a Flash examples on that site. Any opinions?

    I understand that as green as I am I will not get a job as some super brilliant, experienced coder. I'd be going more for a job that includes print design as well as web design, and a job in which I do updates to an existing website... not designing a website from scratch.

    Thanks - anyone who answers - for your patience!

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    Apple decided that Flash is obsolete technology and made the deliberate decision just prior to releasing the first iPhone that they would not support Flash on any of their new devices. If you install something onto an Aplple device in order to get it to run flash then Apple will no longer provide support if anything else breaks as a result.

    HTML 5 provides a way to attach video natively to the web page without needing Flash at all.
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    Don't forget to start your JavaScript code with "use strict"; which makes it easier to find errors in your code.

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    Flash has no long term future. The HTML5 video and audio tags which are supported by all modern browsers including those on mobile devices are the preferred channel. Getting rid of flash makes browsers more secure and many users refuse to install flash because it helps to enable tracking through long life cookies that do not behave like normal cookies and are more work to delete. Plus in the past flash has been used to open attack vectors.
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    Thank you, COBOL-d. As you might assume, I have been out of full time employment for some years and so am now playing catch up. I was hoping to find even some sort of lower-level employment without having to delay by taking more courses. It sounds like the first thing I need to do is to delete any examples of Flash from my portfolio website (there were only two anyway) - would you (or anyone else on the forum) agree?

    Then I need to get into an HTML 5 class, I guess, even as I am looking for employment somewhere they have only minimal website needs such as updating content, not creating from scratch. Open to any thoughts from anyone out there who has advice on how to move forward, professionally. I have decades of professional graphics experience, many in management (hands off any keyboard) but only recently learned the Adobe Creative Suite and it seems I need to take steps beyond that to become employable. What would the forum say is the minimum requirement for what programs/languages I must know, beyond HTML 5, for anyone to consider me for a print/web graphics job?

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    I would not delete anything from your portfolio if it is good work just because the technology is on the way out.

    If your strength is graphics the you need to get very familar with javascript so you can create and manipulate content in the <canvas> tag of HTML5 using vector graphics. If you are not already comfortable with Photoshop and Gimp, you might want to play with them as they are in wide use. At some point you will probably also need to look at PHP GD and image libraries as well. Those support real time dynamic generation and manipulation of graphics from the server side.

    The order you do things in should depend on what jobs look like they are, or will be available. If you are going to work your way through HTML5 you need to learn CSS at the same time. Basic presentation and a lot of visual effects depends on CSS it is relatively easy to learn, but it requires some discipline to do it right because it is very tolerant of sloppy work that suddenly jumps up and makes a mess.
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