We all know what revolution flash made in the web application world in the last decade, it produce a stable stage which you can build you desktop-like rich-visualization web-applications on it to be run in any web-browser without the need to install any extra plugin or application other than the flash web player itself.
Using the flash technology, it became possible to play user-controlled small size but high resolution streaming videos like many websites do (like youtube, yahoo videos, metacafe, … ).
In addition to the possibility to play quick lite flash games, large and awesome sites relied on flash and became a trophy:
1. http://www.chesscube.com/ which is a social chess website
2. http://www.fordvehicles.com/mustang/ where you can re-design your dreams ford car as you wish
3. google street which is a new service from google where you can take a tour at many international cities from your place
4. http://www.floorplanner.com/demo that allows you to design your home/floor freely in both 2d and 3d views
5. https://acrobat.com/ which is a web-based rich office suite from adobe to replace MS office one
6. https://www.sherwin-williams.com/visualizer/ where you can try the colors before you make the decision how to paint your house
7. http://www.flashearth.com/ similar to google maps but uses flash instead of AJAX
and many others.
Now, a new technology appears which forms a threat to flash; it has the same capability to flash but without the need to install any plugin at all, it is supported by your browser by default, actually, it is just an HTML, a new version and techniques which called: HTML5
* Google decided to switch to it and is going to stop the support of Google Gears which relied on Flash
* Apple decided to support and integrate instead of flash (which wasn’t supported at all by any apple product)
* You tube started a new beta section of the site to be built over HTML5
And here I give some examples of websites and pages which use the HTML5 as the core technique to demonstrate its capability:
1. http://www.youtube.com/html5 the beta site of youtube
2. http://jilion.com/sublime/video a web video player using HTML5