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Google Develops Flash To HTML5 Translation Tool

Google developed new software to convert Flash files into HTML5, which can be rendered on devices without Flash support.

According to tech website CNET (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab), Google launched this latest web-based tool in its Google Labs called Swiffy (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)which will enable users to convert a Flash-supported file to HTML5 so that it can be used on devices that do not support Adobe’s Flash Technology, most notably Apple's iPhone and iPad.

"You can upload a SWF file, and Swiffy will produce an HTML5 version which will run in modern browsers with a high level of SVG support such as Chrome and Safari," said Marcel Gordon, Google Product Manager in a company’s blog post (opens in new tab).

He also adds that the version available is still in its early stages and will not convert everything to HTML5. However, the software should work well for advertisements and animated files, and it should form a basis for a better translation layer between Flash and HTML5 in the future.

The service, which was developed by Google engineer Pieter Senster, results in reasonably good performance on devices that don't support Flash, nearly as good as simply running Flash directly.

Google had come out in support of Flash technology last year when Apple snubbed it as slow and insecure.