Flip Page Magazines and Brochures: HTML 5 vs Flash (SWF)

The world of digital publishing has transformed the entire publishing world, as content is now getting delivered in a more visually appealing and interactive manner. HTML and Flash have played a crucial role in the advent of digital publishing.

While many would consider Flash an outdated technology, we have come up with a solution that integrates Flash and HTML 5 into flip page publishing. At CreativePages, we are yet to rule out Flash. While we recognize that Flash/SWF files cannot be viewed on Apple iOS operating systems, we have devised a way of using both with flip page publications.

When you load a flip page on your computer, the system immediately loads it as a Flash based flip page but when you are using an iOS device, the system will load the page as a HTML 5 based flip page publication, giving your clients the ‘best’ of both worlds. Now, both HMTL 5 and Flash (SWF) have their strong points. We will introduce you to both versions by highlighting below what they provide to your publication and audience.


Comparison of HTML 5 and Flash (SWF)

It’s important that our clients understand what makes HTML 5 and Flash stand out. Below are some of the important considerations we take into account when creating flip page magazines and brochures for your audience.

• Software support

• Performance

• Features

• Accessibility

The first consideration is software support. To start things off, we take into consideration the fact that web browsers do have the ability to render Flash files indecently. Luckily, they use Adobe Flash Player, which can be used on almost all desktop operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and others. HTML 5, on the other hand, is supported by all web browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome just to mention a few.

Both Flash and HTML 5 have good performance. This is why we are using both to give your audience the most interactive and visually appealing display. When it comes to features, Flash sites tend to be generally more appealing; the platform has the ability to specify the measurements in terms of sub-pixel increments.

HTML measurements are on the other hand, rounded off by browsers. As far as webcam support is concerned, both Flash and HTML allow access to webcams, videoconferencing, microphones and other USB devices. The good news is that that both HTML 5 and Flash text are readable on various screens.

Why We Combine Flash and HTML 5

Proclamations have been made on the death of Flash but we still believe that Flash is useful. In fact, CreativePages believes that HTML 5 and Flash technologies need each other.

Here’s why:

Desktop Support: About a third of all desktop users use Internet Explorer 8 and earlier versions which do not support HTML 5 tags.

Mobile Accessibility: Mobile enabled internet devices, which are now used by over 50 percent of the population, do not support Flash which is widely used in Desktops. CreativePages detect the device used and its screen size to provide the ideal multimedia support format.

HTML 5 is swiftly adopting important features but that does not rule out the power of Flash which supports 99 percent of browsers. CreativePages understands the dynamics surrounding HTML and Flash. We will create flip page publications that will give you the best of both worlds, at an affordable price.

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