Convert SWF Files to HTML5 with Swiffy

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Google has released the first version of Swiffy, a Google Labs product that converts SWF files (Flash) to HTML5. Users only need to upload a SWF file and Swiffy produces an HTML5 version which runs in modern browsers with lots of SVG support such as Chrom and Safari.

While Swiffy won’t convert all Flash content, it seems to work well for ads and basic animations. Google provides several example of SWF files converted through Swiffy. Check out the Google Chrome ad and Symphony Orchestra ad for examples.

According to Google, Swiffy uses a compact JSON representation of the animation, which is rendered using SVG and a bit of HTML5 and CSS3. ActionScript 2.0 is also present in the JSON object, and is interpreted in JavaScript in the browser. This representation makes the Swiffy animations almost as compact as the original SWF files.

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Alex Tomasson 07-17-2012 9:29 PM

There are some people who prefer to convert swf to gif because of the small size. Since not all conversions to HTML5 are good, you can always choose between the better of the two. The best ones are the ones that not only look good, but also quick to load.

Alex Tomasson 07-17-2012 9:56 PM

It is not often that a service can gain the attention of a government organisation as big as NASA, and quickly being adopted by them. I think if the Amazon SWF is good enough for NASA, it will be good enough for the rest of the consumers.

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