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Adobe Flash Player for Mac

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    Apr. 16, 2012
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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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1 stars

"It hangs up while playing"

May 01, 2012  |  By Thetan1--2008

 |  Version: Adobe Flash Player


No Pros worth mentioning.


The Player hangs up in the middle of the video. The preferences once opened won't close.


Reload in an older version of the Player. They work better.

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1 stars

"A necessary evil"

April 27, 2012  |  By maxrobinson

 |  Version: Adobe Flash Player


It works adequately.


There should be no need for it, but some people insist on using Flash.


Only installed it because there seems to be a residual need to play Flash occasionally.
This does the job when it can't be avoided.

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1 stars

"I'm staying away"

April 17, 2012  |  By AdamElmquist

 |  Version: Adobe Flash Player


Same as zunipus don't know of any...


Google Talk with Video in all browsers acts strage, some of the button controls may appear if they want to like the accept or decline buttons, or start a video chat.. Once if you are able to get a video started the video will disappear or show only yourself not other party... Or if all goes right where you can get a video started, it becomes a green pixelated screen...


I'm running all the latest OSX and browser updates, but I'm keeping Adobe Flash at 10,1,102,64 video chat works flawlessly in Firefox and Safari, but Chrome. Since Chrome handles the plugins that gives me even more strage behaviors.. If you try to disable the latest Adobe in Chrome you wont even be able to use video at all no matter what you are doing, from Youtube to Chat without weird behavior.. So like I said, as long as I keep version 10,1,102,64 running on Firefox, and Safari I'll be good for now.. Kind of wish Google Talk can develop their own video chat Application for all OS's Win Mac, Linux, etc, rather then using the browser to talk due to Flash...

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1 stars


April 16, 2012  |  By zunipus

 |  Version: Adobe Flash Player


Um, trying to think of one...


This technology has been crappy for years. Then this version came out and it BOMBS while you try to use it. I have to wonder how much Adobe really cares or even understands Flash. They treat it like something they bought (from Macromedia) and only want to exploit rather than improve.


THIS VERSION BOMBS. Flash has had years of troubles. But here's a new one: It bombs intermittently. In your browser you suddenly find you can't use Flash any more. The box where the Flash media used to be now says you have a plug-in error. You have to reboot your browser again to get it to work again.

Instead of installing this update, just skip it. It contains no security improvements, so there is nothing dire about this version, for a change. It doesn't hurt anything, except your patience. So give it a try if you like and good luck. I simply threw it away and went back to the previous version, which actually works, as well as Flash ever works. (I'll be so glad when Flash dies the death...).

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Full Specifications

Publisher Adobe Systems
Publisher web site http://www.adobe.com/
Release Date April 16, 2012
Date Added April 16, 2012
Category Browsers
Subcategory Other Browser Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 11.04MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 2,184,884
Downloads Last Week 834
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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