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Tech Update: Farewell to Flash

Feb 1, 2011

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2011 marks another year here at Etsy and with it, the prospect of new tools, new members, and new transactions. Just as you must first drag out the soft-with-dust boxes from the studio before you can pull in your shiny new collection of apothecary jars, so we must also say adieu to some of our awesome but older tools.

Over the past year, we’ve been improving technology platforms. Many of the early tools on Etsy were built in Flash and we’re moving away from supporting Flash code.

The following applications will be coming off our site today: Time Machine v.1, Editors’ Picks, Colors v.2, Connections, Birthdays, Voter, Tag Fractals, Poster Lookup, Poster Sketch, Workshop, and Recent Custom Creations.

We’re sad to see these go because they remind us of the earliest Etsy days and how far we’ve come as a community. As we look forward to the new tools of 2011, please join us in wishing these applications a fond farewell.

Follow the discussion about these changes here.

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  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the update.

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages said 9 years ago


  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 9 years ago

    Does this mean that etsy will be more iPad compatible?

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Good to know, I look forward to see what this year brings for us all collectively on Etsy! Thanks!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 9 years ago

    I joined just in item:)

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 9 years ago

    good riddance Flash!

  • mermaidencreations

    mermaidencreations said 9 years ago

    but no advance warning? sure would have liked to get that collection off there before it disappeared :(

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 9 years ago

    Never really used any of them...

  • englishrosevintage

    englishrosevintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the update - and for the constant improvements :)

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 9 years ago

    Farewell, Flash! My iPad is excited for the new tools of 2011.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    see ya

  • PluckingPendants

    PluckingPendants said 9 years ago

    I will miss poster sketch!

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 9 years ago

    I'm excited for the new changes. Always good!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 9 years ago

    I LOVE poster sketch, I am really sad to see it go. Will there be an alternative to it? Current treasury is very hard to arrange.

  • ErikaPriceOriginals

    ErikaPriceOriginals said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the update!

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 9 years ago

    Farewell to the poster sketch - I actually found it quite useful, unlike some of the other features :)

  • judemcconkey

    judemcconkey said 9 years ago

    I wish there were something LIKE poster sketch that wasn't flash because it sure was helpful :(

  • HarmlessColor

    HarmlessColor said 9 years ago

    I'm new enough that I don't think I had used any of those applications!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 9 years ago

    yay! love all the new product-based interactivity/social media you've rolled out thus far - boosted views and sales. etsy will be available on older apple mobile devices. :)

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 9 years ago

    yay! love all the new product-based interactivity/social media you've rolled out thus far - boosted views and sales. etsy will be available on older apple mobile devices. :)

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 9 years ago

    Evolution is everything! Looking forward to all the new tools & gadgets in 2011.

  • amth13

    amth13 said 9 years ago

    aaarrrggg I can't believe you're getting rid of time machine! I loved it. It was a great snap shot of etsy - what's new, what's selling and what's about to go. Sniff sniff

  • amth13

    amth13 said 9 years ago

    Phew just found out their keeping v2!

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 said 9 years ago

    I'm not a big fan of Flash but I am not happy about losing Poster Sketch btw, if you lost one, HeyMichelle figured out that the tool is still available in Google's cache: so grab your picks while you still can

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 9 years ago

    Oh wow...glad that flash is gone, but had a lovely treasury created in Poster Sketch...and now poof! Oh thanks HeyMichelle and CindyLou...for that link...was able to get to the one I had waiting.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 9 years ago

    Please make a new poster sketch-it was a great feature, useful and fun for treasury makers!

  • sarantos

    sarantos said 9 years ago

    Hope this speeds up the site!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 9 years ago

    sad to see poster sketch go too - its how i create and keep treasuries part saved until they are perfect.... really hope there will be a replacement in 2011....... xox

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 9 years ago

    thanks for the update!!! will we see an alternative to poster sketch soon, that is the only one I will miss. and I will miss it very much

  • SeamsVictorian

    SeamsVictorian said 9 years ago

    I used poster sketch for every treasury and am so bummed to see it go! I had a great treasury saved this morning and *poof* it was gone. I would have loved some warning... Please say there will be another similar feature...???

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 9 years ago

    boo hoo!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 9 years ago too. I was hoping for multiple poster I could work on several t's at a time. My iPad will like these formats...I think. But I love the new activity feed... it's awesome.

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the update ETSY!~

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 9 years ago

    Good to know, thanks for keeping us updated!!

  • YarnMenagerie

    YarnMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Goodbye time machine you were a fun little thing.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 9 years ago

    bye bye flash... looking forward to the new and improved!

  • changeitup

    changeitup said 9 years ago

    Embracing the change!

  • Ffotograff

    Ffotograff said 9 years ago

    peace out flash

  • abacusbeadcreations

    abacusbeadcreations said 9 years ago

    *sob* Poster Sketch, I will miss you!

  • sunshynesilverwear

    sunshynesilverwear said 9 years ago

    Lovin' it!

  • ashleyeaston

    ashleyeaston said 9 years ago


  • TrudyAnnDesigns

    TrudyAnnDesigns said 9 years ago

    I am new and the new changes seem to be happening quickly...hope I can catch up ;)

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 9 years ago

    Yeah I'm another one who didn't use most of those feature so I guess they won't be missed. :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the update! Looking forward to new changes!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 9 years ago


  • soule

    soule said 9 years ago

    Oh farewell flash..... all liked all those tools....

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Sad to see so much going! I'm glad in a way that there'll be less dependency on flash since I spend a lot of time browsing on my mobile!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 9 years ago

    Thank you.

  • TheOnly

    TheOnly said 9 years ago

    I miss voter, will you have something similar to this? :)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    It was fun to find other people with the same birthday as mine...

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 9 years ago

    Onward and upward!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 9 years ago

    Shedding a tear for my beloved poster sketch. I miss ya buddy...

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 9 years ago

    Sad to see poster sketch go.. but excited to hopefully see some improvements this year! :)

  • natalya1905

    natalya1905 said 9 years ago

    Thank you very much for the update! I'm a big fan of Time Machine and Poster Sketch. It would be really good to have some non-Flash tools similar to them. And a suggestion: it would be very convenient to have an option to be notified by e-mail when someone leaves a feedback, just like we get notified of convos and transactions. Thank you very much!

  • crazyfoxstudio

    crazyfoxstudio said 9 years ago

    thanks for the update!

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo said 9 years ago

    bye bye to those apps, we're ready for new ones! :)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    out with the old, in with the new

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 9 years ago

    thanks for letting us know.

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 said 9 years ago

    I love the simplicity and timeless feel of Etsy. Some of us are still old school, so don't get all crazy on us. Like I always say, don't fix what isn't broke.

  • LushCluster

    LushCluster said 9 years ago

    WHAT? No more poster sketch? That was the best!!! I hope something better will replace it. :(

  • shiraleeana

    shiraleeana said 9 years ago

    Hurrah! As much as those features will be missed, it will be nice to finally be able to open all the wonderful items we find in new tabs instead of being limited by Flash links... Yay for progress!

  • birribe

    birribe said 9 years ago

    Farewell flash I will miss you. But the way to use an old Treasury to build a postersketch is better than the old PS:)))

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 9 years ago

    I love the progress!

  • annekleppe

    annekleppe said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the notice, however, will there be any type of replacement for POSTER SKETCH? Or are we back to creating treasuries in real-time?? A response would be so very much appreciated!

  • SallysJewelsandgems

    SallysJewelsandgems said 9 years ago

    Improvements are great.

  • woolsolution

    woolsolution said 9 years ago

    Bye Bye Flash! Folks, who used Poster Sketch, use 'Privacy-->Only You' option and 'Save' button under Treasury-->Create a List ( )

  • animalsandicons

    animalsandicons said 9 years ago

    The Time Machine and Color features first drew me into the Etsy-Universe. Goodbye old friends.

  • CameronsJewelryBox

    CameronsJewelryBox said 9 years ago

    Excited and looking forward to see what the new year brings!

  • caseysharpe

    caseysharpe said 9 years ago

    I'm going to miss Connections. <3

  • bizzybcreations

    bizzybcreations said 9 years ago

    nice...thanks woolsolution!

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 9 years ago

    I've heard that flash is also hard for search engines. Is that true?

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    Looking forward to see the changes.

  • studio3ten

    studio3ten said 9 years ago

    GREAT - my Epic phone will be happy to see flash gone :-)

  • Soles

    Soles said 9 years ago

    always improving!! Bravo!!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 9 years ago

    Sure appreciate the help you give. Thanks

  • jjpaperarts

    jjpaperarts said 9 years ago

    No...Bring Birthdays back. I love looking through the birthday peoples shops and wishing them a great day. I find lots of fun stuff to browse and buy. AND the Etsians are so happy to get a birthday wish. I make alot of friends that way. PLEASE! jjpaperarts

  • kisforkitty

    kisforkitty said 9 years ago

    WHOOPS! I didn`t even know there was a thing called Poster Sketch. What exactly WAS it? Now I`m fascinated.

  • anidar

    anidar said 9 years ago

    I too thought Poster Sketch was a fabulous tool. Sure hope there's something similar in the works for the future...

  • masvintage

    masvintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the update

  • Lambsears

    Lambsears said 9 years ago

    Looking forward to all the new things Etsy has in store for us this year!

  • blueshedcrafts

    blueshedcrafts said 9 years ago

    No ipad here...I live in the real World where people don't earn much. I say this because so many people go on about their b----- phones and tablets. I don't care if etsy had flash or not so long as I can list my items and people around the World can see them, that is all that matters.

  • suzanneartist

    suzanneartist said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the update.

  • jewelrybymissb

    jewelrybymissb said 8 years ago

    Do not like the idea of not being able to see new creations and also do not like the fact that we now have to pay for having our products seen in the Search Ads section. This is what is replacing the Just Listed app. Not a good change for the Etsy seller...I am thinking of changing selling venues because of this change. My "store" is not getting visited as it was with the Just Listed application that USED to be available. Not happy with this decision by Etsy.

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