Ruffle helps bring back my family history
Probably a trait of my family’s origins as migrants from East Europe, probably part of the collective trauma of jews throughout the world… or probably because that’s just who I turned out to be, I hold in high regard the preservation of memory of my family’s photos, movies and such items. And it’s a trait shared by many people in my familiar group.
Shortly after my grandmother died 24 years ago, my mother did a large, loving work of digitalization and restoration of my grandparent’s photos. Sadly, the higher resolution copies of said photos is lost… but she took the work of not just scanning the photos, but assembling them in presentations, telling a story, introducing my older relatives, many of them missing 40 or more years before my birth.
But said presentations were built using Flash. Right, not my choice of tool, and I told her back in the day — but given I wasn’t around to do the work in what I’d chosen (a standards-abiding format, naturally), and given my graphic design skills are nonexistant… Several years ago, when Adobe pulled the plug on the Flash format, we realized they would no longer be accessible. I managed to get the photos out of the preentations, but lost the narration, that is a great part of the work.
Three days ago, however, I read a post on https://www.osnews.com that made me jump to action: https://www.osnews.com/story/138350/ruffle-an-open-source-flash-player-emulator/.
Ruffle is an open source Flash Player emulator, written in Rust and compiled to WASM. Even though several OSnews readers report it to be buggy to play some Flash games they long for, it worked just fine for a simple slideshow presentator.
So… I managed to bring it back to life! Yes, I’d like to make a better index page, but that will come later 😉
I am now happy and proud to share with you:
(which would be roughly translated as Caressing the absence: Iszaevich Fajerstein family, 1900-2000).