Ask HN: Are there things that Flash did that we still can’t do with today’s web?

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  • Lottie for Android, iOS, and React Native

    Render After Effects animations natively on Android and iOS, Web, and React Native

  • Lottie[1], an Adobe After Effects plugin, fills a gap in vector animation authoring and is quite widely used (primarily in mobile applications but also works on the web, Discord for example supports them for stickers).

    It's a pity SVG animation authoring tools never eventuated since it's an underutilized native format.

    [1] (ignore the GIF-converted examples, the originals are lightweight and vector-based) https://airbnb.io/lottie/

  • ruffle

    A Flash Player emulator written in Rust

  • I got some Flash applications[0] working in the Pro version of my remote, isolated iframe-embeddable browser[1] using Ruffle[2]. Basically I use CRDP to run Ruffle on pages that need it (sort of like a Chrome extension content script). Ruffle itself uses wasm and is quite fast. It's cool seeing the audio and video work and playing those old games.

    [0]: https://github.com/ruffle-rs/ruffle/wiki/Test-SWFs

    [1]: https://github.com/crisdosyago/BrowserBox#bb-pro-vs-regular-...

    [2]: https://github.com/ruffle-rs/ruffle

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    Discontinued 📷 BrowserBoxPro - The internet. But unrestricted. And secure. Remote browser isolation product, available here and in Pro for purchase on our website. [Moved to: https://github.com/dosyago/BrowserBoxPro] (by dosyago)

  • I got some Flash applications[0] working in the Pro version of my remote, isolated iframe-embeddable browser[1] using Ruffle[2]. Basically I use CRDP to run Ruffle on pages that need it (sort of like a Chrome extension content script). Ruffle itself uses wasm and is quite fast. It's cool seeing the audio and video work and playing those old games.

    [0]: https://github.com/ruffle-rs/ruffle/wiki/Test-SWFs

    [1]: https://github.com/crisdosyago/BrowserBox#bb-pro-vs-regular-...

    [2]: https://github.com/ruffle-rs/ruffle

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