360 South Africa
Virtual Tour Photography
of South Africa.
Why use html5 and WebGL
The new web format of html5 and WebGL is a wonderful breakthrough for us, and for many web programmers.
The html5 and WebGL platform (which works already in Firefox and Google Chrome browsers), allows direct access to the graphics card, much faster load times, and much smoother operation on PC and on mobile devices.
Is it true that iPad does not support Flash, but Android does support Flash?
Right now, yes, but the ext versions of Android will also not support flash: http://www.theverge.com/2011/11/9/2548802/adobe-killing-mobile-flash-plugin-android-playbook .
Is Adobe Flash really that bad?
In many cases, Adobe Flash is a TERRIBLE system to work with. Flash does not use resources of the device well (mobile or PC), reduces battery life by half or more, does not support using the GPU (graphics card) on PC or mobile, so performance relies entirely on a having a fast CPU, it eats up far more RAM than it should, and of course crashes randomly. Try run 3 or 4 Virtual Tours on a single web page in a browser... it runs terribly slow, and usually crashes!!
Adobe vs Apple vs the World
It is Adobe that has not come to the party for a long time now, and Apple tried to work with them (Apple and Adobe have a long history) to sort out the issues, but Adobe did not manage to fix the flash issues (or bother to try actually).
Apple was then forced to make the very controversial decision (at first) to not support flash at all. They really did not want the poor performance of flash to make users think their devices were poor, so they simply did not support flash at all.
No problem, as Google has known this for some time, and YouTube already worked 100% in html already (so it works on iPad, iPhone no problem).
After the decision by Apple to no longer support flash, many (most) other companies have followed suit, and most now completely support html5.
Chrome and Firefox now support html5 and WebGL, which is basically like a 3D interface that allows the html5 code to use the graphics card (see above, something that Flash still does not do, although it has been around for 15 years now). More on WebGL here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebGLa
360 South Africa is keeping ahead of the pack!
In fact, we busy switching all my Virtual Tours to by html5 with WebGL as the MAIN format, with flash as the backup (for users still on older browsers, and IE of course).
Since 2010 we have supported html5 for mobile devices, and used Flash for PC (as this was the best available option).
Over the next few years, anyone still creating content in Flash is going to find themselves all alone, and on an unsupported platform. Even Adobe themselves have practically dropped flash!!
HTML5 = the future , the current. ;)
Which is better iPad or Android?
Haha, let's not even go there. People who own both can comment, others will of course be uninformed, and quickly biased without really understanding the differences. As with many choices in life, it is best to actually USE both yourself, and decide which features are more important to you.