Adobe Flash Player is starting to lose its influence and there are official plans for the browser plug-in to be terminated by the end of 2020. The plan has been revealed by Adobe after careful considerations and after consulting with companies such as Google, Facebook, Mozilla and more. The idea is to make room for new technology such as HTML5.

Adobe Flash Player

The update offers users several treats:

  • The possibility of using Flash video, content and apps with full-screen mode;
  • The advanced text rendering engine
  • Filters such as DropShadow, Blur, Glow, Bevel, Glow, Gradient Bevel, Displacement Map, Color Matrix and Convolution
  • New media compositions with 8-bit video alpha channels
  • Radial gradient, stroke enhancements and blend modes
  • More image formats such as GIF, Progressive JPEG and PNG.

Adobe Flash Player or Shockwave Flash

The free of charge software allows users to view multimedia, stream videos and audios and execute Internet apps.

Lately the program has been under severe criticism due to its performance, bug issues, battery consumption problems and security vulnerabilities. Perhaps one of the most famous critical voices was Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder, who revealed by Flash Player has been banned from the iOS platform.

Developers can create apps for Flash Player using several tools such as:

  • Adobe Flash Builder: used for developing and debugging
  • Adobe Animate: used for animation, graphic design and scripting
  • Adobe Scout: used for better performance
  • Apache Flex: an SDK which compiles Flash and Adobe AIR aps
  • CrossBridge: an SDK compiling C++ code to run in Flash Player

On computers and laptops, Flash Player is available for Windows XP and later, Windows Server 2003, Windows 200, Windows 98, Windows 95, macOS 10.6, macOS 10.5, Classic macOS Power PC, Classic mac OS 68k and Linux.

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