Macromedia Shockwave Player
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"Macromedia has does it again!"
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
1) half of their software doesn't run properly on case-sensitive file systems like HFSX
2) all of their software uses the even more retarded VISE installers instead of either being drag&drop or using Apple's own standard installer. The VISE installers f*ck up all the time, e.g. by trying to search all volumes (gee, I happen to have mounted a 2TB XServe RAID that's on the other side of the globe through a DSL link!) and doing other wonky useless stuff such as forcing a user to quit *ALL* apps (as if Terminal.app had anything to do with Shockwave plug-ins!). These sort of installers are DISRUPTIVE to workflow and despicable.
Look, it's simple: a Browser plug-in belongs into /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/
Drag&drop does fine, simply replacing the old version that's there. That's how it's supposed to work.
But no, instead we get an installer that I can't convince to cooperate. Some people complain about the new version being slower than the old one, and Macromedia doesn't even tell us what's new about this version, i.e. why we should bother upgrading (not that it would work anyway...)
Can you say lack of quality control? Either they need to start or to stop outsourcing their work. In either case it's time that they fire half their team, get new, competent people, and maybe pay them twice as much money, but at least that would then be money well spent, and you'd not have employees waste time on creating installer apps that don't work, instead you could get a "lowly" tech writer to explain how to drag a friggin file into a folder, remember, it was /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ not that hard, is it?
Nevermind that the entire Flash/Shockwave stuff is proprietary crap that doesn't work on half the browsers out there e.g. it works really "well" on your Palm's browser, or any other standard compliant web browser that's not running on one of the two big platforms and conforming to a couple of arbitrary plug-in specifications.
Macromedia, two words: Keep it!