Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Flash Player

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 674 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
11.1.102.62
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
February 15, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
38,363,986
Downloads Last Week:
15,769
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 and above, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 and above, and Opera 11

Editors' review

There should be no doubt that Apple's decision to block Flash from iOS in favor of HTML5 has spurred Adobe to make sure that its media-rich content-building tool and player Flash remains competitive. Flash Player 11 brings hardware-accelerated graphics support to the platform.

According to Adobe, the new Stage3D technology in the new Flash Player brings combined 2D and 3D acceleration that is up to 1,000 times faster than the previous Flash iterations. While currently Stage3D is supported only for personal computers, it should make its way to mobile devices in future Flash releases. The advancements offered by Stage3D should bring far more complex graphics development for the player, and allow some developers to use it as a viable alternative for their projects, especially for cross-platform efforts.

In addition to accelerated graphics, Flash 11 now is natively in 64-bit code on all supported platforms, which will allow it to better integrate with browsers and plug-ins that are coded in 64-bit. This along with a slew of new enhancements for developers in terms of security improvements, media handling, and better JavaScript integration will enhance the player's use for future development. Flash also comes baked into Google Chrome, and therefore the Chrome OS that powers Google's Chromebooks.

Mac users take note: Flash requires OS X 10.6 or later running on an Intel platform since Adobe removed support for PowerPC Macs in Flash 10.

Although it's possible that HTML5 will at some point unseat Flash as the dominant code for media on the Web, that won't happen for a while yet since HTML5 standards haven't even been finalized. The Flash Player is a must if you want to experience the Web at its fullest, so users at any level of expertise should have no qualms about installing or upgrading.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.5

    out of 674 votes

    • 5 star: 148
    • 4 star: 87
    • 3 star: 63
    • 2 star: 57
    • 1 star: 319
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "Controls not reliable, can't identify video sources"

    July 23, 2014   |   By Bill_Levinson

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 14.0.0.145

    Pros

    Plays interactive content; probably indispensable

    Cons

    Does not always respond to user commands.

    Right-clicking does not identify the source of unwanted content, which means unwanted content cannot be banned with parental or similar controls. Business IT departments may similarly be unable to ban unwanted video sources.

    Summary

    The problems show a relatively low level of pride in Adobe's workmanship. Even though this product is free, it does reflect on the company.

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