[01/12/2009] FlashFlash is a multimedia platform which is mainly used to create advertisements, Flash components of web page, movies, and animations and to embed videos into web page. It is also being used for developing rich internet applications.
It can manipulate graphics and vectors and it also provide support for bidirectional streaming of video and audio that is why in web flash development you can build very complex and powerfull web applications. It consists of scripting language known as Action Script. Various software are available in markets which are able to display or create flash content such as Adobe Flash Player. Flash file usually have .swf extension.
With comparison to other plug-ins, Flash has a fast initialization time, quick download time and a small install size. But care must be taken to detect and integrate with flash player in HTML.