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:
11.5.502.110
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
November 06, 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

Improved to give the best the Internet has to offer, Adobe Flash Player 11 shows a quantum leap in performance over previous versions. It has a number of new features designed to take full advantage of the newer 64-bit browsers and operating systems available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. This makes it a more effective tool for Web developers and anyone who enjoys media-rich applications or sites like YouTube. However, with the improvement come a few headaches that users of certain browsers may encounter.

If you use Google Chrome, there is no need to download Adobe Flash Player 11, as it comes as part of the download package. For those using other browsers, you may be prompted to update depending on your settings. This isn't a program that will be prominent for most users -- it works primarily in the background. And while it can be accessed from the toolbar of your browser, we don't recommend tinkering around with this plug-in unless you're an experienced professional. Web developers will notice it has better integration with browsers' JavaScript console. This version is configured to use system resources more efficiently and provide enhanced high-resolution bitmap support for more detailed and accelerated videos and graphics.

Adobe Flash 11 is not without a few flaws, and users of Google Chrome are most likely to encounter them. Flash Player 11 is subject to freezing up the browser, giving a prompt at the top of a tab saying the player isn't responding, with a prompt to stop it. Once it is stopped, it will restart automatically, but it leaves an annoying message at the top of every open browser tab reporting the obvious fact that it has crashed. Mac users should be aware that it requires OS X 10.6 or higher running on an Intel platform to function properly. For the most part, however, this program brings faster, better graphics that even those who don't understand what a plug-in does will appreciate.

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    2.5

    out of 674 votes

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    • 4 star: 87
    • 3 star: 63
    • 2 star: 57
    • 1 star: 319
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    2.0

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    "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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