Adobe Flash Player for Mac lets you access Flash content in Web sites when using browsers like OS X's Safari. The plug-in integrates seamlessly and through a preference pane, gives you control over the type of access each Web site has to your system. The only downside to using it is that it suffers from performance issues.
Configurable: The plug-in adds a new preference pane in System Preferences where you will be able to adjust your local storage, camera, mic and peer-assisted networking settings to either allow the feature for all Web sites, on a per-request basis, or to deny all requests.
Per-site settings: All the features listed above support per-site settings for even more precise control.
Advanced options: The app lets you delete all Flash-related data and settings as well as audio and video license files, deauthorize the computer, and access trusted locations for developer testing.
Performance issues: Despite its long history with OS X, this software tends to slow down your computer and drain your battery.
If you're constantly visiting Flash-based Web sites, you will have to install either this plug-in, or a browser like Google Chrome, which has built-in Flash support. Generally, the better way to go would be to use Chrome since there will be a lower performance impact on your system. But if Chrome is not your kind of browser, then this plug-in remains a viable solution for enjoying Flash content on your Mac.
Adobe Flash Player is a lightweight, highly expressive client runtime that delivers powerful and consistent user experiences across major operating systems, browsers, mobile phones, and devices. Adobe Flash Player software is a cross-platform browser plug-in that delivers breakthrough web experiences and is installed on more than 98% of Internet-connected desktops. Flash Player introduces 3D effects, custom filters and effects, advanced text support, and more.
Recently I noticed that some time after a Flash update the Mac sound system mutes (everything - alerts, iTunes, Safari, Audio Midi ... everything) with no fix but reboot. The period of time might be a few hours to a couple of days (I am not sure exactly what triggers the mute). It happened with the recent 3 or 4 flash updates, Did anyone noticed that too?
Please someone flush the flash from the surface of the earth and the internet (and Adobe too while at it).
January 30, 2015
Version: Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.526
There are NO "Pros" here, period
Endless and innumerable updates for a product that is an absolute necessity for web video SHOULD have been made to actually work correctly, and should have been incorporated into the Mac OS (and ALL others) LONG ago. Adobe is the most grasping and greedy software developer on the planet, followed closely by Apple (I've been a Mac-only user since 1989, and their price/performance numbers have been going down the crapper ever since).
Says Adobe: "...highly expressive client runtime that delivers powerful and consistent user experiences" I don't know what Adobe flack pulled "expressive" out of his chuff, but it's meaningless. The one thing the blurb got right is "consistent user experiences": Adobe Flash is completely egalitarian -- it sucks on EVERY platform and EVERY browser. After all these years, Adobe Flash is still buggy, incapable, and unstable -- thus the constant stream of updates.
Why can't Apple (and all others) and Adobe sit down together and hammer out an agreement to make Adobe Flash integral with every major OS and every major browser. It either has to do with profit, or Adobe's inability to write code. Since Adobe makes Photoshop -- now more expensive than ever, BTW -- a mountain of an app that would take a proficient user 1000 years to even half-explore all its possibilities, so we know Adobe has (or maybe HAD) code writers who know their stuff, but no released version of Flash or Flash Player has been anything but an amateurish kludge more buggy than its predecessor. Nobody reads these comments anyway, so this is just blown' in the wind, but it's a miserable and too-oft-repeated intrusion to have to update Adobe Flush overtime I start up. GET IT RIGHT!
"Downloaded Flash Player, but impossible to install."
"Downloaded Flash Player, but impossible to install."
December 21, 2014
Version: Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.206
worked fine 3 years on mini mac, till Adobe began blacking out videos and instructing me to download 16.0, which I did. Nightmare from then on.
All the ways Adobe tells me to INSTALL Flash wind up at a dead end. Even the checkmark "Let Adobe install for you" doesn't work. I can't believe, after 28 years using a mac, that one company, with one program, could bring my computer to it's knees. Have spent many hours looking for the answer. I need help here! I'm 82 years old and love my mac, and all macs I've had before. Somebody?
Download was unable to upgrade/delete the previous version. I went back and forth to Adobe's Web site, always coming up with the same unworkable solution. I eventually had to god through my files, manually, and delete, manually, everything related to Flash. THEN it was happy to install, as a new installation rather than an upgrade.
December 21, 2013
Version: Adobe Flash Player 11.9.900.170
None. If it doesn't work consistently and properly, then it ain't worthy of any stars. CNET...you need a minus-star above.
As with some many other reviewers, my MacBook Pro "hates" Adobe Flash Player. After repeated downloads over many months...it never has worked properly. Will hang up in the system, will not let me "allow" the Mac to load it, will disappear from the computer mysteriously. I think Mac hates Flash so much that it spits it out like a bitter pill.
Since Flash (and Silverlight player, forget it, it's Microsoft) are the only two players that Amazon Prime streaming video accepts, you might as well cancel your subscription to Amazon video streaming on your computer. The folks at Amazon should raise holy heck with Adobe AND Apple to get their heads out of their butts and settle their differences.