Say you’re a Flash developer and you don’t want to bother figuring out how to manually recode your app in HTML5 just so that it will work on an iPad or iPhone just as well as on an Android device or desktop web browser. Google’s got a new tool called Swiffy designed to make your life a lot easier.

Swiffy lets developers convert SWF files to HTML5 so that they can be accessed in web browsers including Chrome and Safari.

The tool is still under development and there’s no guarantee that it will convert every file you throw at it. But there are already some examples online showing advertisements and games that have been converted from Flash to HTML5.

You also can’t use Swiffy unless you have access to the original SWF file. So this isn’t a tool that would let you access Hulu or other Flash-based content on an iPhone. But if it gains widespread acceptance, it could make that whole “Android supports Flash and iOS doesn’t” thing a whole lot less important.

via Google Code and ReadWriteWeb


Brad Linder

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2 replies on “Google Swiffy lets developers convert Flash to HTML5 for wider reach”

  1. Folks,

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