Look, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Flash for 14 years. I never felt it to be intuitive and I HATE coding in ActionScript. Still, the .swf output is pretty ubiquitous and doesn’t swallow much space or bandwidth. And it looks like it won’t go away anytime soon.
So until something truly better comes along that doesn’t require a butt-load of back-end coding, it looks like the Big White F is sticking around.