A Brief History of Flash
Flash is (was) a software much beloved by early web site creators and pretty ubiquitous in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the late 90’s, early 00’s. Flash programming’s innovation was that one could use buttons to create interactive websites and games to be viewed in a Flash Player. Unfortunately, the Flash player is in part what led to the downfall of Flash. The need for a Flash player to display any site, the fact that hackers could easily exploit vulnerabilities, and Apple’s decision to not support Flash on the iPhone in 2010 as they felt it was not compatible with a mobile platform all led to the demise of Flash.
Flash players are now disabled in most modern web browsers, leaving viewers of Flash-only websites looking at a puzzling puzzle piece. Adobe will no longer support Flash at all starting in 2020.Unfortunately, some really amazing early websites were created using Flash. You can see some of them in this exhibit. Just be aware that you will have to activate your Flash player to view them. We are looking into some promising open source software to convert Flash to html5 so that these sites can be saved for posterity. Adobe Animate seems promising as well though it is not included in our free student edition of the Adobe package. For more info about the history of Flash see here:
Listed below are some of the Flash sites that we host, you'll have to allow Flash in order to view them.