Adobe Flash Player is free application software that allows viewing of multimedia content and applications, among others, as well as developing rich content. It works on Microsoft Windows, Android, macOS, Solaris, Blackberry and Linux OS. But lately, the popularity of this freeware software has been dwindling due to security vulnerabilities. Consequently, Adobe is working full time in addressing these issues with its released patches. This month, a beta version of Flash Player 26 has been released via Adobe Labs, along with Air 26 with the codename York.
This latest update aims to promote stability, enhance security and device compatibility as well as improve performance with the help of bug fixes, enhancements, and new features. For Air 26, it includes enhancements for Apple TV OS support.
Both Flash Player and Air are Adobe Flash Platform runtimes that have been a boon to the commercial industry. With their features, customers are able to get rich multimedia content and learn more about the products and services of businesses from different devices. Conversely, for app and game developers, creating high-quality 2D and 3D video games as well scalable date driven applications and videos in high-def qualities is achievable. This is because both the Flash Player and Air use a common codebase.
The three issues resolved in the latest update are the unexpected halt of video playback from http://tw.youvivid.com/preview_showcase.asp (FP-4198402), sudden halt of the application once it interacts with site tabs and the EncryptedLocalStore API bug: EncryptedLocalStore A (4187974). Meanwhile, a week earlier, the bugs fixed were the absence and audio and video for FP Beta 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 (FP-4198395) as well as unexpected halt of the application. Another known issue found on Adobe Flash Air was related to the malfunctioning of the removeMovieClip() method(FP-4198400).
How to Get Started with Adobe Flash Player 26 Beta
- Download Flash Player 26 Beta.
- Read the release notes.
- Review the ActionScript 3 API documentation for the beta version.
- Send bug reports and feedback to via the Flash Player Beta Forum or the public bug database.
The Flash Beta Forum, on the other hand, is a venue where users can ask their questions, send feedback and discuss with other beta users of Flash Player. Also, Adobe Labs reiterates that this beta version was released to give beta users the chance to evaluate the product and share feedback. That said, the team reminds enthusiasts not to use this version for critical applications.
It is also important to note the following minimum computer system requirements checklist when installing the Adobe Flash Player beta:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge (latest versions)
- Windows XP (32-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit), Windows 7, 8.1 and 10
- Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Google Chrome (latest versions)
- Mac OS x 10.9 and higher
- Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome (latest versions)
- YUM, RPM, APT and TAR.GZ packages for PPAPI and NPAPI
It’s a known fact that the Adobe Flash Player has useful plugins and downsides but the people behind this multiplatform client runtime assure the public of the company’s dedication to improving their products.