Eight years after Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia for $3.4 billion, in part for its Flash technology that vanquished the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, the company has released an open-source project called Snap.svg designed to bring some Flash-like characteristics to the Web.
Flash is slowly being squeezed off the Web -- at least newer parts of it -- by the fact that it doesn't run on mobile devices and that browser developers are starting to banish plug-ins. Adobe has redirected a lot of its staffing accordingly to Web standards that work in browsers without plug-ins, and SVG is one such standard.
Adobe announced Snap.svg Wednesday at the HTML5 Developer's Conference in San Francisco.
Adobe was a founder and major supporter of SVG back before it lost out to Flash a decade ago. So in a way, the Snap.svg project is retro as well as forward-looking. Like Mozilla's Shumway, it could help fill the void for some developers who want a Flash substitute with a future.
"Snap.svg is a powerful and intuitive API for animating and manipulating SVG content, offering capabilities like masking, clipping, patterns, full gradients and groups to make content more interactive and engaging," Adobe said of the software.
Snap.svg author is Adobe's Dmitry Baranovskiy, who wrote an earlier SVG project for browsers called Raphael. Snap.svg, in contrast to that software, works on modern browsers.