Adobe may not admit it, but the handwriting is on the wall. Flash is dead. And good riddance. Flash was a relic from the past, an aging, creaking, 20th century attempt to create a proprietary animation and interactive content platform for the masses that just couldn’t prosper in the 21st century, thanks to Steve Jobs, Apple, smartphones, and the mobile web.
If that’s the case then how do web developers handle animation and interactive content?
All that’s required is a little Hype. As in Hype 2.0, a Mac app capable of ushering in the 21st century of modern animation and interactive content. Much of what Flash does with high overhead and expense, Hype does with lower cost and open standards. Use Hype to create animated web pages, advertisements, iBooks, education material, application prototypes, and anything that requires a little visual excitement.
At the basic level, Hype builds animated content which can integrate audio and video which works on desktop, notebook, and mobile devices.
Hype is a standard keyframe-based animation development app. If you’ve used Flash, this will look familiar, too.
Hype can record every element or movement in real time, and create keyframes as needed. Then, you can add, remove, or re-arrange keyframes to polish your creative.
Hype employs open technologies to add effects and transformations to your creations, perfect for today’s modern browsers, but with options to fallback for older, incompatible browsers.
Hype builds in swipe and gesture capability so animations, ads, and interactive apps work equally well on modern mobile devices with touch screens. The app itself is powered by WebKit, the same engine which powers Safari and other browsers.
Hype lets you create animated content, then save the whole project to a single folder for easy implementation into a website or webpage. It even supplies the HTML code to invoke your project.
When it comes to web standards and animation or interactive apps, this is the future. Hype doesn’t have all of Flash’s capability, of course, but what it does it does well, fast, and it’s lightweight. The learning curve is nominal, less so if you understand keyframes.
Well done, and highly recommended for Mac users venturing into animation and interactive elements for the web.