Alternatives arise as Flash fades

Aug 17, 2017 at 01:55 pm by Warlord720

With Adobe officially announcing the end of life plans for Flash, one might wonder what to use to replace it. Look no further than Wick, an open-source editor that is set to replace Flash.

On July 25, Adobe announced in a press release the end of life for Flash.

"Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats," the release said.

In a post on Medium, Wick developer Zach Rispoli explained how learning Flash laid the groundwork for his coding in the future.

"I taught all of my friends how to use Flash and became a tiny Flash evangelist showing everyone I knew how to create things and put them online. My enthusiasm for Flash continued well into high school, but unfortunately, Flash as a technology was beginning to show signs of age and dysfunction," he wrote.

Rispoli said he enjoyed using Flash because of its combination of programming and animation. And while HTML5 had most of Flash's capabilities, it still required too much coding in his opinion.

So Wick was born.

According to its website, "with Wick, you can create games, animations, and everything in between. Your creations can run on any device with a web browser - that means mobile too. And since Wick lives in the browser, you don't have to download any extra software to use it! Wick is a hybrid of an animation tool and a coding IDE, heavily inspired by similar tools such as Flash, HyperCard, and Scratch. It was developed in response to a growing need for such a tool for the modern web."

With help from Luca Damasco, Rispoli released it Aug. 9 on

"Wick is free and open-source, so we hope that the web as a community can come together and help build Wick and to bring the spirit of Flash to the next generation of online creatives," Rispoli said.

After Flash fades, Rispoli hopes you'll choose Wick.

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