Jun 132010

I happened to come across the SublimeVideo player some time back and thought it was quite a decent player, especially since the HTML5 version is a lot more fully featured than most alternatives with nice controls, and full-screen emulation. It also provides a nice opportunity to compare performance of HTML5 and Flash video. Not surprisingly since I’m on a windows machine [...]

Jun 032010
Showdown: Flash vs. HTML5

Heated arguments and benchmarks can be both entertaining and educating, but as they say, the proof is in the pudding. So I thought it would be a good idea to make a list with examples of applications available today using the competing technologies. Have a look for yourself how they compare when it comes to performance, [...]

May 192010

So, now it’s official. VP8 will be open sourced and support will added to the Flash player: http://webmproject.blogspot.com/ It’s was not a difficult prediction that I mention in an earlier post: http://www.blixtsystems.com/2010/05/why-google-bought-on2/ Notice the absence of Apple and Microsoft in the list of partners. So what does this mean? Like I mentioned in my earlier post, [...]

May 022010
Why Google bought On2

In the current debate about HTML5 vs. Flash as well as H.264 vs. Theora, understanding Google’s intentions behind the purchase of On2 could provide som interesting clues.  Are they planning to finally set HTML5 video free by getting their VP8 decoder into browsers? Or do they plan for another delivery method? Obviously they want to [...]

Apr 292010

Steve Jobs has posted a defence to his position on Flash and not surprisingly it’s full of errors and misrepresentations. Let’s look at the points he makes: First, there’s “Open”. He asses that “Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary. They are only available from Adobe, and Adobe has sole authority as to their future enhancement, [...]

Apr 192010
Apple's master plan

Discussions about Mac vs. PC, or HTML5 vs. Flash, might be getting old, but Apple are currently shaping the future of the IT-world and that is becoming more than an issue about personal taste and choices. My view is that Apple’s products as well as the technologies they license should be avoided by anyone remotely concerned with [...]

Apr 142010

I came across an interesting article about Apple claiming intellectual property rights regarding the bitmap canvas used in HTML5. I had no idea that the canvas is proprietary technology, but apparently that’s the case, at least according to wikipedia: On March 14, 2007, WebKit developer Dave Hyatt forwarded an email from Apple’s Senior Patent Counsel, Helene Plotka Workman, which stated that [...]

Apr 122010

Reading discussions about the whole iPhone 4.0 SDK license and reading countless discussions on HTML5/Silverlight/AJAX/DHTML vs. Flash, it’s very common to find people wishing the death of Flash. And this is something that seems to be a pattern with all technology. For example all the talk about iPhone killers and now iPad killers. It puzzles [...]

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