Google's Swiffy project offers Flash support on Apple products
If the lack of Flash support on your favorite Apple product has you down, help is on the way, and it comes in the form of Google's new Swiffy tool. Swiffy converts files in the widely used Flash format to HTML5, which is supported on Apple products such as the iPad, iPod, and iPhone. Apple CEO Steve Jobs cited a dislike for the Flash platform in the past, noting security issues and a lack of reliability. The lack of Flash support on Apple devices has been an item of contention for many users, so the introduction of Swiffy is likely to be welcomed with open arms.
According to Gordon, Swiffy is not a complete solution to Apple's lack of Flash support. The tool does handle advertisements and animations successfully, but it may not convert all Flash content. Still, Swiffy is impressive, especially when you consider that it came about from a hacking project. Pieter Senster, an engineering intern, experimented with trying to display animations on devices that did not support Flash. Senster was successful in his efforts, and Google hired him to a full-time position. In addition, Senster was given a team to help work on the project, until Swiffy was officially born.