Adobe pushes to make Flash sites searchable

Sometimes, trying to find content in sites that that rely heavily on Adobe Flash isn’t so easy. In an attempt to resolve that problem, Adobe has teamed up with Google and Yahoo to help the two firms better index Flash files through their respective search engines.

As NewsFactor reports, Google has already begun more thorough indexing of sites with Flash content. “Through our recent collaboration with Adobe, we now help Web-site owners that choose to design sites with Adobe Flash software by indexing this content better. Improving how we crawl dynamic content will ultimately enhance the search experience for our users,” explained Google Engineering Senior VP Bill Coughran. Yahoo is still working with Adobe, but it also plans to add Flash search support to Yahoo Search.

Adobe may not limit its push to Google and Yahoo, either. NewsFactor quotes Adobe Platform Business chief David Wadhwani as saying his company will extend the effort “to benefit all content publishers, developers and end users.”

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    • odizzido
    • 11 years ago

    Everything Adobe makes is so poorly coded and slow. I really with flash would die.

    • JokerCPoC
    • 11 years ago

    Hopefully the gnash flash plugin will work with Minefield(the x64 version of Firefox), I’m mentioning the Windows XP version which is at 8.2 so far.

    §[<http://www.getgnash.org/packages/releases/windows/<]§

    • Lord.Blue
    • 11 years ago

    OK, so we want them to be able to search sites that have no text how?

    • A_Pickle
    • 11 years ago

    How about making flash sites linkable? Pay attention, Microsoft — I want to be able to link people to specific pages on Silverlight sites, too.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 11 years ago

      If we’re asking for features, I wish I could still use my browser hotkeys after clicking on a flash object. And flash should take a middle click to open in a new tab.

        • A_Pickle
        • 11 years ago

        Oooh, good ones. 🙂

      • sigher
      • 11 years ago

      How about outlawing flash sites?

    • ascus
    • 11 years ago

    Wake me up when they have a 64-bit flash player…

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      Why is this so important? 32-bit works fineg{<.<}g

        • notfred
        • 11 years ago

        No it doesn’t, it works but crashes frequently under Ubuntu 64bit with npviewer. I’ve got 33 npviewer crashes in my dmesg log currently.

          • pedro
          • 11 years ago

          I agree. It’s an absolute hair ripper. There are workarounds but to be honest, it’s easier to swap back to a 32-bit distro.

            • axeman
            • 11 years ago

            Don’t hold your breath, they don’t even support 64 bit Windows yet. Honestly I wish flash would just go away… they’ve had years and years to figure out how to do some crappy animation without hogging CPU cycles and still can’t do it.

            • JokerCPoC
            • 11 years ago

            From what I’ve learned is Adobe has some software tools that they bought that only support a 32bit OS and the software tools maker has gone out of business, So for 64bit Adobe may need to resort to making a plugin from scratch in machine code to be used with an x64 Firefox(Minefield) browser in either Linux x64 or XP x64 as there is demand and money from advertising to be lost. So I’m waiting, There is nothing else to do until Adobe can pull the proverbial Rabbit out of their hat.

    • kvndoom
    • 11 years ago

    How about pushing to make flash ads not be such resource hogs? The jerky scrolling I get on some sites is just plain ridiculous. (I don’t want this to become an ad-blocking debate, I’m just mad about poor coding)

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      Then it can be a flash blocking debateg{<...<}g

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 11 years ago

    Boo. That was a good reason why sites shouldnt’ use flash.

      • cobrala
      • 11 years ago

      Amen.

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        • sigher
        • 11 years ago

        Nicely done with the short post fix, kudos

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