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Adobe Flash Player for Mac

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Most people know about the lack of support for Flash on the iPad and iPhone, but Flash is alive and well on Mac OS X with the Adobe Flash Player for Mac. As the app name suggests, this is a player for Flash 11 videos for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. Adobe Flash Player for Mac is a browser plug-in and allows viewing of Web sites with Flash videos embedded in them to appear on the Mac OS. You won't find Adobe Flash Player for Mac on the App Store (thanks to the dispute between the two companies) but you can get it from the Adobe and many download sites.

Flash 11 is the latest version of Flash from Adobe, and Adobe Flash Player for Mac supports all the features of Flash 11 including filters and effects and false 3D. Since a considerable number of Web sites rely on Flash, having the ability to view these videos using Safari or other Mac-compatible browser allows Web sites to appear as the developers intended. In testing, Adobe Flash Player for Mac worked as advertised, playing Flash videos inside our Web browser without intervention, although we did experience freezes of a few videos on some sites (randomly, it seems) that required a refresh of the site to overcome. Curiously, most of the issues were while using Firefox.

Adobe Flash Player for Mac isn't the only Flash player available for the Mac, but it's the official release from Adobe. For the most part it worked great, but the random lockups are a bit worrisome. Still, that's better than not having any Flash support on the Mac at all.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "What is all this crap about it not working?"

    February 22, 2014  |   By Mark Thornton

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 12.0.0.70

    Pros

    I have 12 installed. I don't recall ever having a problem with any of them. Installation problems??? - It should be a no brainer automatic install, as Mac systems remind you of updates . . .

    Cons

    I don't know of any.

    Summary

    It never occurred to me that it would be a problem, especially with so many of the "reviewers". I have to guess there is something wrong with their Macs . . . .

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Adobe Flash Player on Mac is a joke"

    December 21, 2013  |   By radrians

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.9.900.170

    Pros

    None. If it doesn't work consistently and properly, then it ain't worthy of any stars. CNET...you need a minus-star above.

    Cons

    As with some many other reviewers, my MacBook Pro "hates" Adobe Flash Player. After repeated downloads over many months...it never has worked properly. Will hang up in the system, will not let me "allow" the Mac to load it, will disappear from the computer mysteriously. I think Mac hates Flash so much that it spits it out like a bitter pill.

    Summary

    Since Flash (and Silverlight player, forget it, it's Microsoft) are the only two players that Amazon Prime streaming video accepts, you might as well cancel your subscription to Amazon video streaming on your computer. The folks at Amazon should raise holy heck with Adobe AND Apple to get their heads out of their butts and settle their differences.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless. Not needed."

    November 15, 2013  |   By poseidon629

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.9.900.152

    Pros

    0!!!!!!!! Forget this garbage.

    Cons

    Rated X. Site is frozen. This is nearly 2014 and the geeks can't get it right. Flash is over.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installer for version 11.8.800.94 hangs"

    July 9, 2013  |   By KerryGinn--2008

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.8.800.94

    Pros

    (not applicable)

    Cons

    The version of the installer of Flash version 11.8.800.94 for Mac OS was available on July 9, 2013 froze at the Update step.
    (AdobeFlashPlayerInstaller_11_ltrosxd_aaa_aih.dmg 943,382 bytes; Mac OS X 10.8.4).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works for me"

    April 25, 2013  |   By rx_schlegel16

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.7.700.169

    Pros

    I worked fine for me.

    Cons

    none that I found yet

    Summary

    Not sure what the problem people have is. it worked fine for me.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "New one won't download!!!!"

    April 9, 2013  |   By vision4u

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 10.1.53.64

    Pros

    ABSOLUTELY NONE!!!!!!! Want 10.1 back.

    Cons

    Hate the new one won't download!!!! I deleted my 10.1 I want it back!! Is there any way to get it?

    Summary

    New Version is awful!!!!!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "how can I download flash player for my mac pro?"

    March 17, 2013  |   By ardeshir bagheri

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.180

    Pros

    how can i download adobe flash player for my mac pro os x 10.82?
    adobe flash is needed for mac,without it, how can we see videos?
    it,s not fair,we suffer for companies disagreements.please some one helps me.

    Cons

    this is a TALEBAN-BEN-LADAN act.cut it and solve this problem please.

    Summary

    i love adobe flash player all products

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  • 1.0 stars

    "extremely unfriendly dowloads"

    March 15, 2013  |   By Bruce R Nelson

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.180

    Pros

    I have NEVER been able to make FLASH download to my Mac 10.6 for over 2 years now. All I get when flash pops up is "allow/disallow"" for which NOTHING EVER HAPPEWNS when I click "allow"

    Cons

    your site rejects donwload to MAC for over 2 years

    Summary

    if you can't make flash user friendly then why am I forced to deal with you?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "CPU melting piece of dog do-do!"

    January 17, 2013  |   By toadc69

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.146

    Pros

    convenient way to let third party cookies, spyware onto your system

    Cons

    overheats and slows every CPU regardless of OS X or Windows. Even with 8GB of RAM, Adobe Flash player will crank up your CPU usage and slow your whole system.
    Also, every single video you play is going to make you want to punch someone - due to the proprietary "allow/don't allow" popup dialogue box that remains in center of your screen even after you've clicked "don't allow". This goes on until you configure some dumb Abobe Flash Player Global settings. Who ever though of this obviously didn't do well in school.

    Summary

    Soon HTML5 is supposedly going to make this jerkware obsolete. And I hope cause some layoffs for the dimwits employed by this firm.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "absolute piece of junk"

    December 19, 2012  |   By Bruce R Nelson

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.110

    Pros

    there are no "pros", only 2 moths of unmitigated misery thatyou have shut me outy. The only worthless info I can get from you is is endless "allow/don't allow" warnings for which there is NO ACTION. I have danced all over your site and you refuse to allow any corrections. I understand at 73 this stuff is difficult but you people are impossible.

    Cons

    see above, nothing but cons

    Summary

    It is gut wrenching for me to constantly get your "allow/don't allow" screen all the time WITH NO WAY TO ACCESS. Please fix as this is pure misery. Thank you for your patience with me.

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