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When HTML5 was originally proposed as a replacement for Flash, I was skeptical but the capabilities of HTML5 have improved steadily. One exciting example of what can already be done to convert flash SWF files directly to HTML5 is found in a project called Google Swiffy. Swiffy only supports a subset of older ActionScript 2 code, but it does an impressive job rendering graphics, masks, animation, dynamic text and scripted behavior into a single HTML file that runs on up-to-date web browsers and mobile devices.

For the uninitiated, HTML5 represents a group of related technologies that include an updated HTML specification, a collection of Javascript libraries, support for SVG Graphics and new CSS3 formatting code. If you’re not a coder, all you need to know about HTML5 is that it supports a wide range of functions and features, and it runs on Apple’s Mobile devices without a plug-in.

As conversion resources like Adobe Wallaby and Adobe’s Create JS Tool Kit expand the possibilities for converting Flash ActionsSript 3 content to HTML5, Swiffy offers a powerful way to repurpose simple animation and interactive content for the mobile web and for new ePub3 eBooks when new eReader devices come out later this year.

Watch the video for a tour of Google Swiffy.

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