Adobe is killing Flash by the end of 2020, but Flash animations and games will live on.
The Internet Archive is using an in-development Flash emulator called Ruffle to help users play historical Flash items in their browsers without having to use a plugin. The emulator isn’t perfect, but it can run a large number of Flash animations smoothly.
Here are some of the best Flash items in the Archive’s collection, and here’s a more extensive collection of the hundreds of items uploaded so far.
As the Internet Archive explains, Flash emerged (alongside Shockwave) in the early 1990s amid a need for animation, sound, and greater audio/video flexibility in webpages.
“Flash had many things going for it—the ability to compress down significantly made it a big advantage in the dial-up web era. It could also shift playback quality to adjust to a wide variety of machines,” Jason
Adobe’s Flash died many deaths, but we can truly throw some dirt on its grave and say our final goodbyes because it’s getting the preservation treatment. The Internet Archive announced on Friday that it has begun cataloging Flash animations and games for us all to visit and remember the good stuff with none of the bad.
Flash was discontinued in 2017, but it spent decades making our computers less secure and nagging users for updates. In a statement, the Internet Archive said that it’s using an emulator called Ruffle to handle the technical elements in your browser. The emulator is still in development and, according to an FAQ on Ruffle’s website, it can’t handle most Flash projects that were built after 2013. But this is only the beginning.
So far, the Archive says it has preserved around 1,000 Flash items for display as their creators originally intended. They’ve
The Internet Archive — the non-profit digital library known for the Wayback Machine — announced that it will now preserve Flash animations and games, ahead of Adobe’s planned demise for the defunct web software at the end of 2020. The Archive will emulate the content so it plays as it used to, preserving critical elements of early internet culture for browsers that can no longer run them.
The Internet Archive says you can already browse over 1,000 games and animations that it’s saved, including classics like “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” and “All your base are belong to us”. The organization says emulation is made possible by an in-development Flash emulator called Ruffle that it’s incorporated into its system. While Ruffle’s developers say it isn’t currently compatible with a majority of Flash projects made after 2013, having any amount of access to the culture that defined many
In a blog post on its website, the Internet Archive announced it was rolling out fact-checking annotations on certain webpages archives by its Wayback Machine.
According to Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine, the organization felt the need for this feature after noticing a number of fact-checking groups linking to archived versions of pages.
“We are attempting to preserve our digital history but recognize the issues around providing access to false and misleading information coming from different sources,” Graham wrote in the post. “By providing convenient links to contextual information we hope that our patrons will better understand what they are reading in the Wayback Machine.”
Basically, due to fact-checking organizations resurfacing old, out-of-date information to debunk, the Internet Archive felt it was important that the Wayback