While Google's inclusion of Flash files in their index is not new, their ability to read the binary in the files themselves appears to be.
In my opinion, it's all about the use of flash. There will always be a debate about good use and bad use of flash, just for the sake of having animation, there's no question about that.
But Flash is not just about animation, it's about RIA's, (Rich Internet Applications) which connect to databases, stream live data & information and so much more. I would be the majoraty of surfers have used RIA's on the web, without even knowing that Flash is powering the application.
Flash is much more powerful than a silly animated image, and I don't think most non-programmers know this.
If you look at the top corporations and news sites, you will see quite a bit of flash use in adverisements and navigation. Especially in the entertainment movie/music industry. (Try to go to a new movie website without it being flash, and having live trailer videos within the flash site). I think at this point, the right combination of traditional HTML combined with a mixture of Interactive Flash is the way to go for the general public.
Speaking from a developer/programmers standpoint, I view Flash as the next step in the web, kinda like looking at HTML being the limited Steam Engine, and Flash being the new Internal Combustion Engine. With Flash, it opens the door to Rich Internet Applications and the possibilities are limitless, where with HTML and static images, well, you could write an encyclopedia about the limitations.
Edited by webdesignhq, 19 December 2004 - 11:47 PM.