Flash for everything!
So, I’ve been meaning to write up my thoughts on this since Jason commented on the use of sIFR for typographic headlines. As is my way, it took me awhile to get to it which is fortunate because I just read about BritePic (via techcrunch) – so now, there being two, it’s a trend. Yup, you read it here first.
So what these both are trying to do is use flash to “enhance” something that we could, at least to some extent, already do. In sIFR’s case it lets you make a nice headline in a fancy font out of text – before this you would either be forced to use one of the websafe fonts or else create an image for every headline you wanted to create. That worked for when you were making logos and section heads, but not if you needed something really dynamic. And in BritePic’s case it takes the good old html img tag and replaces it with a flash player that let’s you do some more interesting things with it (like serve ads or let people email the pic to friends, etc…).
BritePic on the other hand replaces the standard img tag with some fanciness all of it’s own. I personally didn’t see any functional failure in the img tag and wonder if BritePic is a solution looking for a problem. It extends img by allowing you to add your logo or an ad which you can revenue share in (the powered by BritePic ad at the top, however is not optional) and it adds the ubiquitous checklist of social features (email, link, rss, etc..) as options.