Adobe Flash Player Player is a free downloadable and very popular web browser plug-in (for such browsers as Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera). It’s been designed to display animations and movies created with Flash technology. In addition, the application enables the creation of front-end multimedia web applications, interactive web pages, short films and animations, and online advertising. Flash Player is available for free download from Adobe website.
Adobe Flash Player – The Features
After installing the plugin you do not have to configure it. Just use the automatic update feature. At the same time, keep in mind that this is an application that is often attacked by cybercriminals and it is crucial to have the current version in order not to be vulnerable. It is also important to remember that sometimes the older versions of the software must be uninstalled before installing a newer version.
The advantages of Adobe Flash Player are, first of all, small size, speed, and great capabilities. The rival technology for Flash is HTML 5 (here there is no need for plugins), which is also used to create online games, visual effects, and animated advertisements. HTML 5 can also serve as subtitles display engine.
Flash Player has been optimized to provide high performance on mobile screens and the capability to use the built-in features of these devices. Downloading Adobe Flash Player takes only a short while as it is a network installer. The application supports even high-definition video. In addition, the latest version is compatible with all operating systems.
Adobe, the creator of the application, announced in 2017 that Flash Player will end its lifespan by 2020. The Adobe Flash Player for Android and RIM tablet – is no longer being developed. Also smart TVs no longer use this application.
Adobe Flash Player – the Supported Formats
It is worth to note that the plugin was already in use in 1996. It is estimated that as many as 90% of computers connected to the internet have Flash Player installed, which allows for the proper display of animations, movies and flash games on many websites. This extension is no longer being released in the latest versions of the Linux environment (the cause was a lot of changes in the Linux development environment and new trends). Flash Player offers support for such formats as XML, JSON, AMF, and SWF. The multimedia formats supported by Adobe Flash Player include MP3, FLV, PNG, JPEG, and GIF. The application also offers support for streaming protocols such as HTTP, RTMP, and TCP.
Before installing the latest version, you should uninstall the older version to avoid errors when a webpage contains Flash material. It is important to know that Adobe’s webpage defaults the download of Adobe Flash Player for the package designed this browser, from which you initiate the download. At the same time, once the installer has enabled the Abobe Flash Player, the users have the ability to disable the update check for this extension.
Another alternative to Flash Player is Microsoft Silverlight, but it’s used less widely and just as Adobe Flash it is becoming an obsolete technology.