Adobe is making Flash searchable, in partnership with juggernauts like Google. ReadWrite/Web writes about it, and is writing up Adobe’s online activity overall, like AIR and Acrobat.com. I think they are spot on, Adobe is really focusing on online these days, and they are doing it well. Think about all the AIR apps, for instance.
However, with Flash being searchable, one thing that strikes me is the possibility of a blogging platform, much like WordPress and Movable Type, but in Flash.
So why would Adobe, or anyone really, want to do a blog platform and compete with the established one, in Flash? Several reasons:
- Visual scalability. With today’s big range of displays, be it iPhones or 24″ screens, the visual scalability of Flash would be a true strength. Sure, you can’t have an iPhone design work well on 1920 pixel resolution, but you can scale. That is something to consider.
- Design and layout freedom. Flash is the #1 choice for ads and media agencies doing promo pages. A blog would suddenly have the same possibilities as these do.
- Rich media. Continuing on that thought, having video and sound as integrated into the blog as the text media would certainly be a strength. There are possibilities here.
Now, there are drawbacks as well. Not all clients have Flash, especially the mobile ones, and the size of the actual pages might not be so big, but still. I hope someone will do this, and I think it would be an interesting project to follow.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.