Google Labs released Swiffy last week, their attempt to allow people to easily convert .swfs to HTML5. However, instead of being a revolutionary technology, rather, it shows just how far HTML5 needs to go before it can match Flash.
Swiffy attempts to open a .swf and convert the content to SVG. I was going to post some demos of content that it converted, but EVERY .swf I tried (from very simple to very complex) did not convert correctly. Almost all ActionScript was unsupported. All audio was unsupported. In fact, the only things I could get to work were timeline animations and click throughs. Even those were spotty.
Sure, I know, this is Google Labs and yes it is beta, and yes, it is only a test, but the limited nature of the support suggests one or more of the following three things:
- People who desperately want to rid the world of Flash, and who build converters like this, don’t really know what Flash is used for.
- HTML5 is just not up to the task.
- There are no easy answers when trying to replace Flash
I encourage you to try it for yourself.