Lightroom 6 dropped Flash web pages, HTML5 galleries poor solution as best

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lightroom, DROPPED flash web pages, I am a photographer and use only flash galleries from lightroom and this version no longer supports this page type. Adobe does not provide a means to easily build add-ons and the HTML5 galleries in lightroom are the worst they have provided for lightroom. Even LR1 had better web galleries.I was looking for better web pages options, book options and hooks to allow me to connect with my lab using java. Lightroom seems to be now be tailored toward only sharing with social pages rather than real professional workflow.
Help with these to be sure lightroom is the best workflow tool, I will begin to look at other solutions from other providers soon, Currently using LR5.7.1
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Flash is dying, and since they can't be viewed on iOS devices, you'd be doing yourself a disservice now.

Check out the galleries at www.theturninggate.net if you want a bit more flexibility in Lightroom.
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the problem is ios, not flash. the web community seems to believe every image on the web is free to who ever wants it. Flash slows them down. i have over 500k images and more than 4000 images on my site mostly automatically created by lightroom flash with my logo, etc.
that this means is my multi year web project has to change because a programmer wants the lowest common user apple phone access to my images by pressing on the image and saving it to his or her phone. HTML5 needs to protect content and it doesn't, bottom line, i'll stay with lr5 till i find a better workflow, adobe broke this one, or should i say now i need to buy add-ons to lr6.
i am a fan of adobe , but cc was bad and this is worse. take a great product and mess with areas that were fine.
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iOS isn't going away, hence the switch.
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There are several Flash-readbable web-browsers for iOS on i Pads.

I use Photon. Another one is Puffin.

Regardless of whether or not Adobe would like to phase-out Flash, Flash-based Galleries provide a far more pleasant Viewing experience than do the Lr CC 2015 HTML5 ones.

(I don't want people to view my photographs on their micro-screened iPhones anyway!)

You can simply keep Lr 5.7 on your machine and use it for creating Flash Galleries.
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"I don't want people to view my photographs on their micro-screened iPhones anyway!"

What you want is irrelevant to how the public is trending, when it comes to browsing the web. Even more damaging to your Flash-based website, is that Google now ranks websites higher if they are mobile-friendly, and penalizes those that aren't.

If you want more people to not only view your website, but to FIND it at all, you'd be better off taking the time to switch to HTML5.
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You fail to understand that I am not very concerned with whether or not the general public FIND my site or not.

Those who are invited to the party, already know where to go.

And they also know they will need to use a proper computer if they want to see my photographs.
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Well that's fine, it's up to you if you want your website and/or gallery indexed or not.

But still, even if you're only inviting people to a private gallery, you can't control their browsing habits.

And regardless, since Google and Apple are both dominant players in terms of standardizing the web (for mobile OR desktop browsers), you're still standing on a foundation that will soon fall out from under you anyway. You'll eventually be left with poor user experience, which could reflect poorly on you.
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[SHRUG] ;) [/SHRUG]

:)
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THIS JUST IN,

Firefox Blocks Flash
http://www.engadget.com/2015/07/14/fi...

[SHRUG] ;) ;) ;) [/SHRUG]
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Flash is dying. You can transition to something usable or die with it. I'm a photographer too and nobody likes Flash sites anymore.

Mobile is huge and getting bigger. Sticking your nose in the air is foolish.
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I immediately UN-blocked the Flash-blockade on my machines — with a quick single click.

[I have total aversion to anything that smacks of a Nanny State!]

As for whether I will update content on my own site to HTML5, that will have to wait until I have nothing else to do with my time.

At the moment, I have far too much current and on-going work to bother with updating any existing content from Flash.
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I have just checked:

Safari has not yet joined the Nanny State!
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I had a chuckle at the "nanny state" comment. The fact is, browsers are proprietary to the companies that program and engineer them. If they see security loopholes exploited while running *their* programs, they have vested interest in putting an end to it. It has nothing to do with being your nanny.

And considering Apple was the first company to take a hard-line stance against Flash, I'm sure it will soon follow suit. And AGAIN, you can't control your visitor's browsing habits, much less which browser they use.

As for me, it was a matter of finding an HTML5 gallery I liked, and was customizable to fit my website, automate via Lightroom, and simply uploading to the appropriate folder on my server (also automated via LR)
If you have soooo much work coming in, I'm sure you could even afford an office assistant to do it for you, right??

But, whatever. It's your website and photo business, let it sunset and obsolete however you see fit.
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Exactly!

It IS my website and my choice what I do — or do not do!

Although I am sure that your concern and advice is most kindly meant:
I am the arrogant sort of individual who never takes advice;
nor pays any heed to cautionary tales;
and simply does everything MY way . . . and the Devil take the hindmost!

So don't waste your keystrokes on telling ME what you think I should be doing!!!

Note: I haven't YET been eaten by a Lion during solo night treks in Africa either!

:)
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lol ok.
Good luck selling those safari books to no one.

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> It IS my website and my choice what I do — or do not do!

Absolutely... but I wouldn't anticipate Flash being added back into LR either.
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all of you got off topic, this is to tell adobe, taking a good tool out of a program and putting a sub standard replacement in it does nothing for the user.
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I agree with Brad:

I would much rather visit a Flash-driven gallery than an HTML5-based one.

Certainly the HTML5 Templates included with Lr CC 2015 are all pretty mundane and some are downright hideous!