Back in October, Adobe demoed a tool that would allow developers to quickly port .FLA files to HTML5 with minimal effort. Flash is the lifeblood of Adobe, but it is quickly dying in favor of HTML5 thanks primarily to Apple. As a creative company, Adobe wants to create the best tools to help developers—no matter what their medium is.
Wallaby is a “one click” conversion tool, so most files should survive the transition without a hitch (though not all Flash Professional features are supported in HTML5, so some workarounds may need to be used). Post-conversion, the files can be modified as usual with an HTML editor. Many websites (I’m looking at you, restaurant owners) are Flash-only, and can’t be viewed on iOS devices. Using Wallaby, web developers could provide a fallback to HTML5, and eventually transition away from the frequently-buggy Flash platform. This release is a huge plus for the iOS community, and should make much more of the web accessible to mobile devices.