At the very edge of Adobe CS5 technology is Wallaby, a new technology that converts Flash FLA files into HTML. This video covers the basics of Wallaby. To download and use this software, visit AdobeLabs.

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  1. matt (Reply) on Monday March 28, 2011

    Wallaby is really interesting. I hope they can incorporate some scripting (to stop the animation from repeating for example). I like how Flash Professional is becoming so multipurpose.

  2. Simon (Reply) on Monday March 28, 2011

    This looks great, one question though, couldn’t I just export my fla as an animated gif ?

  3. Marc (Reply) on Monday March 28, 2011

    Thanks, Tom! I was looking forward to to this preview of Wallaby, was thinking of downloading it. One fast question, though. Are we stuck with looping animations after the conversion process?

  4. Tim (Reply) on Monday March 28, 2011

    “Let’s get one thing straight, Adobe did not cave to Apple”

    Yeah, right. Adobe is trying everything it can to make Flash continue to be valuable to web developers. It is going away, no matter what Adobe does. Goodbye and good riddance, Flash! Your interface is awful. Your ActionScript is a dumb language. Overall, it’s a non-intuitive program to use. It used to be great for animation back before version 4. Now it is a bloated piece of junk. Welcome HTML 5!!!

    • Joseph Labrecque (Reply) on Monday March 28, 2011

      Technically, Adobe has been making tools for HTML (GoLive) much longer than it has been making tools for Flash. To think that they would only focus on Flash tooling is absurd as they realize that there are a lot of viable options for the web and beyond. Take ColdFusion, for example; since Adobe has built robust support for PHP in Dreamweaver CS5, it this an admission that ColdFusion is an inferior technology? Of course not- they are providing their customers with the tools that are needed. It is as simple as that.

      You comment about Flash being solely an animation tool and dismissal of AS3 reveals your ignorance of the platform. Educate yourself before making comments like this, else you appear foolish among more balanced individuals.

  5. Randy (Reply) on Monday March 28, 2011

    >Your ActionScript is a dumb language<

    If you don't like AS, you must not like javascript either since they are based on the same ecma standard and VERY close in syntax. You won't be capable of doing very much with html5 if you don't have serious chops in js.

    Good luck!

  6. Tom (Reply) on Monday March 28, 2011

    I absolutely agree with Tim’s comments.
    When are we going to stop using this horrible Flash.

    Adobe, get over it. Drop Flash and get into HTML5.

  7. Kim (Reply) on Monday March 28, 2011

    Bullocks… Actionscript 3 is a quite beautifull and powerful language with loads of useful features. Flex SDK is a super flexible and cool GUI widget set for business applications.
    That it all today runs on lots of platforms without any need to recode anything in 99% of all cases, is pretty amazing.
    To top all that, fhe amazing Flash Player, despite its compactness, contains support for very advanced things like 3D, video playing, audio playing, mixing and more.

    There are no other cross platform development tool (yet) with the capabilities as Adobe.

  8. Tony (Reply) on Monday March 28, 2011

    Randy/Kim, I totally agree with you.

    Tim/Tom, give it some time. If Flash stopped advancing before version 4, it would’ve only been nothing more than a tool for animating cartoons. It instead became a design AND development tool. Unfortunately, most designers weren’t interested in learning how to be solid developers, or leveraging solid developers to do that part of the work. The result was the creation of bloated, poorly implemented flash apps.

    HTML5 will require the same for anything useful to be created… Decent designers AND developers.

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