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John Cole - Adobe, HTML5 and Flash

The HTML 5 standard has been embraced for its ability to add complex interaction, videos and animations to web pages without the need for plugins. This allows web browsers to natively support rich media that was previously only possible by utilizing Flash or similar technologies. How are developers, designers and animators reacting to this and what tools are available to fill the gap.

John Cole, Digital Media Manager at Adobe Systems UK, discusses the impact of the new standard on their productivity tools. He has been responsible for various web design and development roles. Currently he is responsible for digital media across Northern Europe and works out of Adobe’s UK headquarters at Maidenhead.

We ask him what is the future of Flash? Why is it still a primary choice for online games and media players? How does Adobe’s new product Edge provide a rich media solution? and what should we expect of this in the future?

Join us for a lively debate, a demonstration of Adobe Edge, other Adobe HTML 5 solutions and if that’s not enough a chance to win thousands of dollars worth of Adobe software.

About John Cole

John is Adobe’s Digital Media Manager, Northern Europe, based in Maidenhead UK, where he’s worked for the last three years. John’s background is over 15 years in various web design and development roles and has worked for a number of leaders in web application development and web content management solutions. Previous to his role at Adobe John was working for Autonomy where he led the pre-sales efforts for their Web Experience Management solutions in the UK.

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  • Glenn C.

    A great evening thank you John. Alun's report details links to many of the resources John gave us during the evening.

    February 26, 2013

  • Peter P.

    Gutted I couldn't make it in the end - deadline at work took priority! Would have been good to see what they had to say about flash. Hopefully make the next one

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there,
    Meeting report now online on our website:

    February 26, 2013

  • Arek

    Interesting insight into Adobe's vision of the web.

    February 21, 2013

    • Dan H.

      Unfortunately I missed it as wasn't feeling well, but could you give me the tun-down? I am a former Flash designer who has reluctantly abandoned it for HTML5! I should add, not a coder but more graphic designer. .

      February 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear that Dan, we'll post a summary here and on the oxforddigitalcreatives.c­om website tomorrow.

      February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great speaker, natural and professional.

    February 21, 2013

  • Richard G.

    This looks good, Adobe are only a few minutes from the old family home in Maidenhead to! count me in!

    January 25, 2013

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