Smokescreen Does Flash Without Flash

Smokescreen is a new open-source project that is working toward getting Flash onto the iPhone and iPad--but not in the way that you might expect. Rather than do some jailbreak hack or complain about Apple's Flash ban, though, the people behind Smokescreen decided to tackle the problem head-on by bringing Flash to the iDevices without requiring the Flash plugin.

Smokescreen converts Flash to HTML5 and JavaScript, two Web technologies that the iPad and iPhone do support. The Smokescreen folks say that Web designers won't have to learn anything new to make the conversion, it'll just work.

Smokescreen appears to be geared toward advertisers, but there's plenty of other stuff you could conceivably do with it. The source code for Smokescreen isn't available just yet, but there are several demos of Smokescreen to try out (including some Strong Bad E-mails converted using Smokescreen--Homestar Runner on your iPad? Yes, please!).

At a Glance
  • Performance enhancements distinguish the otherwise evolutionary step-up iPhone 3GS from its previous iterations.

    Pros

    • Bright, high-quality fingerprint-resistant touchscreen
    • Faster processor improves performance Improved camera with video recording
    • Built-in GPS and compass
    • Decent autofocus camera with SD video capability
    • Extremely fast and responsive
    • Large amount of internal storage
    • All the new features of iPhone OS 3.0 Software Update
    • Voice control for phone dialing and music

    Cons

    • Battery life still disappoints Still no true multitasking
    • Onboard video trimming is destructive
    • Requires two-year commitment to AT&T Wireless for lowest prices
    • Soft-looking video
    • Voice Control lacks some polish
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