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Flash Out, HTML In – Welcome Wallaby


"Wallaby" that previewed at Adobe Max last year, is in prerelease mode over at Adobe. It makes it possible for developers to build HTML files that run without Flash Player. That opens up Apple iOS devices. Senior product manager for Adobe Creative Suite Tom Barclay said:

"It is an experimental technology that provides a glimpse of innovation that we’re doing around Flash and HTML, and showing the investment that we’re making in both technologies we think are important for the long term. The output of Wallaby enables use of not just HTML, but also SVG and CSS, which are related technologies."

Developers can easily convert files to HTML5 using drag-and-drop, then edit them. Best of all, Wallaby is free on the Adobe Labs website. Adobe is hoping for user feedback to help perfect the product before general release.
Adobe Labs gives developers access to prerelease software and early versions of products. It is a win-win scenario. Adobe gets valuable input about their offerings without getting egg on their face, and developers get a leg up on Adobe?s new technology. The company says: "We continue to look for new ways to help them [developers] build on their existing skills and look for new ways to make their content available to the widest possible audiences."
Adobe Wallaby Flash to HTML5 converter got its name after a KangarooWallaby began as an experiment attempting to convert artwork and animation from Adobe Flash Professional CS5 files (.FLA) into HTML so they can be managed with an HTML editing tool such as Adobe Dreamweaver, or even manually if you so prefer. Admittedly, not all the HTML5 features are supported.
The release notes provide a listing of what is fully completed, partially there, and not supported at all right now. For example: TLF Text does not support editable text, it?s read only at this time. The notes indicate that Wallaby has been tested with iOS 4.2, Chrome 8.0.552.215, and Safari 5.0.3. However, Wallaby uses WebKit specific animation primitives and animation will not work, nor has it not been tested on other browsers. There is a known Webkit issue with complex timeline animations that crashes all Webkit browsers. That?s an Oops that Adobe will probably be looking into real soon.
We learn from their notes that Wallaby is delivered as a 32 bit application for Windows and Macintosh. It is an AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) application. Wallaby for Windows requires you to have the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) installed on your machine, but the user-friendly Mac doesn?t require any other software. Output typically includes three files: HTML file, a CSS file and a JavaScript file.
If you?d like to see the demo that was presented at Adobe Max, just click play on the video below: