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Adobe Flash Player

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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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  • All versions:

    2.5 stars

    out of 671 votes

    • 5 star: 148
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    • 3 star: 63
    • 2 star: 56
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Flash player 11.3 is a waste of time."

    August 14, 2012  |   By pegasus_911

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    There are none.

    Cons

    It's the same as before?

    Summary

    There is a fix\work around that i have found.. get flash player 11.4 beta 2 and also " this is important" upgrade shockwave flash to 11.6.5.635..so far it has stopped my flash from hanging and or crashing..it also stops the BSOD and fire fox crashes. " it works for me anyway".

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  • 1.0 stars

    "FLASH CAUSES FREEZE I DO UPDATE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THAT"

    August 13, 2012  |   By jcro22

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    Can use it part of the time

    Cons

    Freezes up my computer on mozilla, says I need to update, when I update, says it cannot find a file, then says its already there

    Summary

    They really need to figure out the problem with this

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Piece of garbage."

    August 12, 2012  |   By jkinkler

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    None. Zero.

    Cons

    Constsntly crashes. Tells to run latest update while it's already there. Can't open full screen videos. Can't see any videos on IE.

    Summary

    Ah time for a new version that works...pronto.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nothing New"

    August 11, 2012  |   By Weathertech

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    It Works Great For YouTube and Flash Base Games

    Cons

    Flash Plugin's For Firefox 14.0.1 Seem to be bugged tons of crashing of Flash base Video players and Games

    Summary

    Works Good Most of the time and Hit and miss on Firefox
    i think Adobe should work out bugs for all browsers before lunching updates

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Your company LIED!!!!!"

    August 11, 2012  |   By kbouzianis

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    Can't think of any since my tablet is no longer compatible with the 11.3 version.

    Cons

    I purchased the Motorola Xoom because it was compatible with Adobe flash player. I tried to install the 11.3 version a few weeks ago and had trouble. I checked the list on your website and it advised my tablet MX 4.1 was compatible and that the 11.3 would download. Well, that wasn't the case. I had a lot of trouble trying to get it to download and it never did. I tried again on said date and now it is stating my tablet isn't compatible. That is some b*******. I am so angry right now. I wasted $400.00 on a tablet. I bought it to watch movies and now you are not offering your product. What's the deal? You are loosing a lot of business by doing this and pissing off a lot of consumers. Most of us consumers have useless tablets. Mine is only eight months old and I am screwed. I can't take it back. Your company needs to make things right for us. Even if you charge $5.00 for your app I know consumers would pay for it. Don't just take it away from us. Please fix this.

    Summary

    Your company screwed a lot of consumers. You definitely pulled the wool over our eyes. Terrible, terrible, terrible marketing strategy.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This product is total feces!!!!"

    August 10, 2012  |   By cjemo

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    Can't think of any!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    I was told to delete the previous version and did. Now I have the same problem as 'Brain Dead" and many others. I can't install an older version, and when I try to unsuccessfully install the newest version, my computer tells me I have a newer version already on my computer..........What do I do?????

    Summary

    Please email me a fix for this so I can use flash on Hulu and You tube.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Brain dead"

    August 9, 2012  |   By gfsomsel

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    It appears to be the only game in town for streaming web broadcasts.

    Cons

    I stream radio over the net using Flash Player. Today it didn't work so I went to Adobe to update. It couldn't update because I had one and was told to remove it which I did. Now it says I have a "newer" version on file than what they're offering. How could that be possible—especially since I've removed it. Support was absolutely no help—they only want you to pay a subscription fee for support. We need a competitor to Adobe Flash.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "very good product"

    August 4, 2012  |   By walsenni

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    Excellent.

    Cons

    none found so far.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wish I could give it 0 stars"

    August 4, 2012  |   By cabri

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    Good gift for anyone you don't like.

    Cons

    Crash, crash, crash. If any computer novices read these reviews, we don't mean it'll harm your computer. When the program crashes it just crashes itself, not anythings else. (As far as I know.)

    Summary

    Adobe used to have good software. Now it's garbage. Flash doesn't work. Reader doesn't work, at least on my PC (7-64). Foxit can be substituted for the Reader, unless you're downloading. If anyone knows of a substitute for Flash, please tell me.

    CNET, how can you give this such a high rating????

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it sucks always crashing"

    August 4, 2012  |   By gsw34656

    Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.268

    Pros

    none it sucks

    Cons

    crash crash crash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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