Adobe Flash

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Flash provides cross-platform browser-based application runtime that delivers uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos.

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Flash review by <span ue="safe-name" data-safe-name-id="bd0c0ed4-b194-427e-800b-cebcf76b2f5b">shambhavi k.</span>
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"Adobe flash review"

What do you like best?

Advantage of using Flash technology is the fact that the application is compatible with many browsers. For this reason, you do not have to worry about HTML codes being understood differently by different browsers. In other words, your flash elements will be exactly the same on all browsers that use the latest Flash Player version.

What do you dislike?

The issue is accessibility. Most mobile platforms like iPhones and some BlackBerry devices do not support flash websites. With so many people accessing the internet via their mobile phones, using flash on a website can create a barrier between you and Smartphone users

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very good player for different kinds of videos

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use to view the content created on the Adobe Flash platform, including viewing multimedia contents, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming audio and video

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Flash review by Andrew V. T.
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""Adobe Flash is a Game Changer!""

What do you like best?

It is very easy to use and intuitive depending on the types of files used.

It can be easily updated and the communication between Adobe and the user is exceptional.

It makes the combination of several types of files fast and simple.

What do you dislike?

There are times when you try to update automatically in the middle of a project.

The updates seem to be constant. Fewer and bigger would be nice.

Not all the programs we use work well with Adobe.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very useful for all the multimedia projects in which we are constantly involved every day. It is a great bridge between all the different softwares that we use to create and edit.

It is not always best to combine large projects and often stop a project because the system needs to be updated.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is used by our entire company for marketing projects. We use it for video and print projects for preview and review.

What Browser solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Flash review by Fabio A.
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"From Macromedia to adobe, same name but different concept for Flash"

What do you like best?

I have been an early user of Flash when it was Macromedia and it was the new big thing for the web. Forget teh animated GIFs, no javascript would move anything ont he screen, Flash would offer you the ability to make a dynamic website, where things could move. Of course it was a sort of a static image on the page where something basically happened inside of it. Slowly HTML and Flash started to interact with the evolution of Actionscript. That was Macromedia Flash. Macromedia has been a great competitor for Adobe, the only one who could stay after the giant of graphic software and Adobe simply bought it when it could. Some Macromedia software has been simply discontinued after the buisiness acquisition, Flash survived. Well, sort of. Actionscript 3 (complex) was introduced by Adobe at the beginning parallel to Actionscript 2 (programming friendly), then with the latest version Actionscript 3 simply substitutes Acrrtionscript 2. That changed everything. Macromedia Flash was for graphic dynamic element on a website (now achieved with Javascript), the new Adobe Flash is for games and way more complex software architectures (such as App). Now, getting back to the topic, what do I like best? I like Flash, its history, the revolution hat it used to be. But I do believe that Adobe Flash looks like Macromedia Flash but it is a different kind of softwarre with different concept and use.

Anyway, I use to like Actionscript 2 and how with a simple mouse event and command you were able toake something happen.

What do you dislike?

In the era of social media and smartphone/tables App Flash is nolonger impremented in iOS and Android. So, I don't like thata. Website based on Flash or built also with Flash elements are no longer properly displayed on these devices, Flash simply doesn't run on them. Well, it is not so much about Flash, what I don't like is the overall situation. The development of the web has always taken care of backwards compatibility, up to now where a perfectly functioning website could get not compatible anylonger. The internet is changing, deeply, conceptually, and Flash was totally left behind.

In general, getting back to the software, I don't like the fact that Actionscript 3 totally ignore Actionscript 2. I understand AS 3 is more powerfull but they could keep the logic of AS 2 as well, so that it could be both powerful and friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes, I don't know if Flash is headdin the right direction. It has lost tha magiority of users of course, it is not anymore a software for anyone. Flash is not supported on the browser of today devices, I would consider twice before using Flash and spend time on developing projects and architecture with it, i believe its destiny is to disappear or becoming again something else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Graphically dynamic websites in the past, now games and App programming.

Flash review by Saqib J.
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"Has been useful but exceedingly Vulnerable."

What do you like best?

*Hardware Accelerated 3D, Flash has big audience penetration.

*Compiling SWF's means that Flash can be shared and re-hosted as a single file. This has been extremely important for Flash Games.

*Animation in Flash is a beautiful thing when done properly and from Marketing perspective Flash became visible to Google;s and other Search crawlers.

What do you dislike?

* Poor performance on windows and incredible worse on Mac and Linux because flash files often pull in images and movies after they load, leading many of them to display a loading animation after the rest of the page is displayed (for an example, try the different tabs on Some Outdated Self Ticketing Counter.

* Vulnerable with countless security issues.

* Flash Slows things down because each second spent watching a loading animation is a second they’re not looking at your content.

* Mobile Users Ignored because it isn’t available for devices from two of the biggest handset makers Blackberry and Apple.

* Accessibility is more than a buzzword for e.g: there are ways to make Flash content accessible, but only within the Flash file itself. Screen readers, used by many visually impaired users, don’t have access to the text in your Flash content. Can you afford to exclude this part of your audience?

* Too much Flash can hurt your search engine ranking and accessibility but thanks to HTML5.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recommended For Some New Developers, Try Flash IDE if nothing else works for you because for Authoring, Flash has a is huge benefit. It has huge under base and as such an equally large community.

Dont Expect anything for Mobile Browser and support for mobile is also discontinued.

It's still dominating browser market and For that reason Hardware Accelerated 3D, Flash has big audience penetration and compiling SWF's means that Flash can be shared and re-hosted as a single file. This has been extremely important for Flash Games.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Vulnerabilities in Flash is so common that it helped us learn and dive deep in finding vulnerabilities. Its is not great product and in fact most vulnerable. There are countless security problems for e.g on Windows or Linux , it allows attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (memory corruption) via unspecified vectors. :-()()()() There are countless exploits so this is not even one example.

Flash review by Sham B.
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"Still ubiquitous on desktop, but on its way out for new build due to lack of support for mobile-web"

What do you like best?

Development time is about half to one quarter of that using native (HTML/JS) solutions because of a stronger language via Actionscript3 (arguably some way beyond JavaScript) and full featured content delivery capabilities out-of-the-box (without the need to use 3rd party libraries for even common tasks as occurs often with HTML5).

Flash allows development for 3 of the 4 most common targets (desktop-web, desktop-app, mobile-app)., Unfortunately the one not supported is becoming a biggie - mobile-web - and leading to the demise of Flash.

As well as rich media, also supports complex web applications via the Flex framework.

A Javascript based player (versions of this are in beta from a number of sources, (notably Mozilla Shumway' and OpenFL) may return some of the ubiquity back to Flash given that development time is far less than typical HTML/JavaScript projects.

What do you dislike?

Not well supported for mobile web.

Flash is being superseded by HTML5/JS in one of its two last two big areas (rich web advertising), and is now only really used for online games and some mobile apps.

Senior Flash/Flex developers are now rare (we spent 6 months trying to get one in January 2015, and have essentially given up).

Recommendations to others considering the product

HTML/Javascript, although development time is much higher (about the same for simple rich media, quickly going up to x2 as long for larger projects), and requires a more varied design team

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a senior Flash/Flex web developer, having worked with Flash since the late 1990s, and having published 20 books on the subject.

Flash is still the fastest way to create compelling rich media and Web applications, but lack of support for mobile-web has killed it for most new projects except mobile apps (via Adobe Air).

Having said that, Flash based authoring that is then exported to a HTML target (that runs as a HTML5 canvas object) is still a viable option for high end interactive web content such as social gaming clients.

I currently still use Flash/Flex in my day-day work, but it is finally beginning to ramp down and am moving over to HTML5/JS solutions

Flash review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Acts like a Virus"

What do you like best?

nothing, it is a necessary evil I would like to avoid

What do you dislike?

The Adobe Flash Player wants to install an update and is installing McAfee Antivirus along with it!!! Never heard of sneaky ways of getting their sponsor malware deep into my system!

This is really BAD!!! I already have an antivirus, and I certainly do not want 2 of them slowing down my system. Badly done Adobe...!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Beware of adware being installed on your system that you really don't want!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Some websites that don't work without it. Better stay clear of them

Flash review by Angel G.
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"Adobe Flash review"

What do you like best?

Integrates with other Adobe products. Is vector based.

What do you dislike?

It is no longer supported by many browsers. Can be complicated to learn and use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's not supported by many browsers. Consider using HTML5 for animated banners or gifs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Animated web banners. Keeps file size low. Creates smooth, vector-based animations.

Flash review by Erin  C.
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"Animation mania!"

What do you like best?

Creative ability. Moving pics words and sounds around to create flashy projects!

What do you dislike?

It is hard and confusing to learn. Buy the book.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Buy the book. Use it. Take lessons. Pactience and imagination.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Flash is very entertaining., funny and intended eating. Works ideally with web projects.

Flash review by User in Photography
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"Improved Internet Browser Capabilities"

What do you like best?

I love that Flash enables my internet browsers to expand their capabilities.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that it must be enabled manually and updated frequently.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Flash to make my clients' experiences more interesting and interactive.

Flash review by Cianna R.
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"Adobe Flash is so useful! "

What do you like best?

I love that adobe flash allows all my products to work successfully.

What do you dislike?

I don’t really dislike anything about this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best in the arena.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Able to watch videos, stream webinars and improve our video chat

Flash review by Roxie S.
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"Constant updates"

What do you like best?

Needed to live in todays world, makes websites come to life.

What do you dislike?

Always always updating. It feels like there is an update every week

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to view Flash items

Flash review by Administrator in Food & Beverages
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"Flash is the old standby for web animation"

What do you like best?

I like it because it works with 99.99% of desktop browsers. This is easy for users to implement trusted animation for campaigns and Ads.

What do you dislike?

Doesn't work on mobile, development is a chore but not impossible.

Updates are not easy to roll out for users who's workstations are locked down.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use this product, from what I suspect it will be around in one form or another for a while.

The product works well with most browsers and operating systems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ads for desktops where we want the Ad to roll out to the end user seamlessly and without issues.

Flash review by User in Staffing and Recruiting
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"Adobe Review "

What do you like best?

It allows me to play and download files when needed. Helps with work.

What do you dislike?

It has a slow download speed at times. Also does not always work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Downloading many different files for work.

Flash review by Jim L.
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"Keeps me connected to the world. "

What do you like best?

The Adobe Flash provides fast, reliable and consistent performance most of the time.

What do you dislike?

Occasionally there is some degradation of the video image on some content.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being a global business, I need to stay up to the minute with events happening outside of the USA. Adobe Flash has allowed me to do that by streaming video content directly to my desk top. The source provider of my content uses Adobe Flash, so I don't have much of a choice. So I am thankful that Adobe Flash is such a great product from a good company.

Flash review by Daniel L.
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"A solid product over many years despite what Steve Jobs might claim"

What do you like best?

I have used Flash for many years and it is arguably one of the most solid development environments for the widest set of users. Few products could boast such a wide user base over so many years! Whether you use Pandora or myriad other websites of note, you use Flash and it is extremely seamless.

What do you dislike?

The development environment is quite a pain to deal with compared to Visual Studio for C++/C# and Eclipse for Java. It is fun to use, but can be quite a pain to develop...

Recommendations to others considering the product

Install it - you will be surprised at how many times you will use it on the web. Keep an eye on your privacy settings though...

Flash review by Erin P.
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"Mostly unnecessary, & past its prime"

What do you like best?

It’s a little tricky to learn at first, but it’s definitely a program you could teach yourself with a little time and practice. It’s a good program for learning animation...not that relevant for much else these days.

What do you dislike?

Not compatible with a lot of devices (especially Apple). Load time can be ridiculous. Overall tends to be unnecessary…flashy graphics that are cumbersome and just get in the way of quickly finding information.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Flash was hot for a while, but probably needs to go. Unless you are learning animation, I wouldn’t really recommend this program. If you are considering building a website, just do yourself a favor and don’t use Flash.

Flash review by Ruban K.
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"Before HTML5"

What do you like best?

Free to use. It's easy to update the software, better for animated interface so far. Comes up with your OS installation and browser by default. Obviously better than quicktime.

What do you dislike?

Need to adapt HTML 5 and make it a default technology. Right now, flash scripts can only be written by trained professionals, where as HTML 5 is learnt by more than the flash script writers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You already have it in your computer. All you need to care for is the latest version which is 11.7.700.224

Flash review by Alejandro A. C.
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"Flash alone has changed the online world forever"

What do you like best?

I was a certified Fash 3 and Flash 4 trainer a long time ago, and what I remember of my times as an instructor is the ease with which anyone could just learn how to use the software, let alone designers and programmers. There is a time before Flash and one after Flash in the web and Multimedia world for anyone who knows it and I don't see a next generation of applications that doesn't include lessons learn in / with Flash.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really! I don't know that much anymore unfortunately.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Nothing to say that the market doesn't say for itself.

Flash review by Michael S.
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"Better that Quicktime"

What do you like best?

The only problem I run into is, "Flash is not supported by" this product, or that browser. What integration does Quicktime have, well it is Apple exclusive, story of Apple's life. Why work with products from a company that won't work with others. Adobe plays well with the other children and always has.

What do you dislike?

As a software company Adobe holds the primary responsibility to search out integration that is not currently available. This is what Adobe needs to do, like with Google Chrome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You probably already are using it and don't realize it.

Flash review by Jon J.
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"Used to be the bees knees for motion graphics/animation"

What do you like best?

timeline animation. it's very simple to use. very clean features and lots of support and material out their for learning.

What do you dislike?

learning the action script language was kind of a pain and turned out to be very useless. Especially since HTML5, this has mostly become obsolete in the web design category.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're choosing this to help you design web pages, you are choosing poorly.

Flash review by Michael S.
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"Great, but when it was 5 years ago"

What do you like best?

Flash was the pioneer for bringing in the era of interactive website and multimedia applications. I am not going to deny that, but as the web standards are catching up, there is no more a necessity to have it installed on your browser.

What do you dislike?

Constant and too many updates that force me to close down opened applications in order to install.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For web developers, start seriously looking into HTML5 or JavaScript.

Flash review by Daniel D.
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"Makes the internet fun"

What do you like best?

The fact that Adobe Flash player is the product used to get videos to play and to let us enjoy games on the internet.

What do you dislike?

There are too many updates without which, the application does not work. It is also not compatible with Apple products.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you do not wish to use it on an Apple product as it will fail to work. Also, turn on automatic updates.

Flash review by Shyam K.
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"Why do people still use it"

What do you like best?

IT used to be great in its heyday when animations and stuff was still a fairly new concept... It is still better than a few other apps out there.

What do you dislike?

I am not entirely sure that flash still needs to be around, I mean with the advancement in technology surely there are other options out there.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Some sites still use flash so there isnt much of an option to not using it.

Flash review by Eric M.
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"really?"

What do you like best?

That it is supported on MOST browsers... not all.

What do you dislike?

Pretty much everything. This is a dying architecture. Why does this not work on the iDevices??? Hello!

Recommendations to others considering the product

It seems that everyone that surfs the web has to use this software, but I think it is going to vanish very soon, but not soon enough...

Flash review by User in Computer Hardware
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"much needed for web browsing...(but for how long)."

What do you like best?

Adobe is one of the software programmes you can be greatful is free! Using my Chrome web browser i can view multimedia online: watching videos and listen to music, play games.

What i liked most about this software is that when i browse on my tablet or mobile phone i get the same response as i would when on my PC.

What do you dislike?

Flash player can require a lot of RAM and battery so make sure you are prepared for it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if your not using an Apple device, then you probably have Adobe Flash player installed already. Its a must-have for web browsing. If you havent got it, get it and enjoy web browsing.

Flash review by Tom L.
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"Way past its prime"

What do you like best?

Flash was a great technology in its heyday. It worked on a wide variety of platforms and helped to make websites more interactive during a time when there weren't many other platforms available to do that.

What do you dislike?

It uses local resources, which slows down processing times rather significantly and it's not supported on iOS devices.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't bother - Flash still exists in a lot of places on the web but it's been surpassed by newer technologies that are simply better.

Flash review by Bobby H.
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"Buggy and crashes"

What do you like best?

It used to be great, but it seems they let it fall to the wayside/

What do you dislike?

Now this might be my personal issue, but I could barely get it to run. It would constantly crash and was a huge headache.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There's better solutions out there

Flash review by Nick T.
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"Go Away!"

What do you like best?

Ok, so my title was probably a tad too strong, since it is a useful application that a lot of sites are based on. But it really is a clunky piece of code, so that limits its usefullness

What do you dislike?

Can't count how many times I've lost a browser session (and it doesn't matter the browser) due to Flash crashing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do what you can, as a developer or a user, to move beyond this technology.

Flash review by User in Computer Software
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"Adobe Flash"

What do you like best?

Adobe Flash is a great tool and it's very reliable.

What do you dislike?

It definitely can slow down the speed of my computer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

An example may be the pros and cons of not having this software on my operating system.

Flash review by User in Computer Software
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"Flash Needs to Finally Take That Last Breath"

What do you like best?

Flash is dying, and until it is fully dead, do not expect to be free of the Flash Player.

What do you dislike?

Anything and everything flash. Flash uses YOUR computer's resources when watching a video, it drains your laptop batteries very fast, and mobile devices held off support (and some still do not support it) because it would turn your 8 hour batter into a 1 hour battery (at best).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it, because you will have to (for now). But keep in mind that Flash will die soon (rightfully so), so don't invest money on your website in a Flash design.

Flash review by Kryz O.
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"Flash was great but slowing going away"

What do you like best?

Flash - was fantastic tool Make website super sexy, and slick.

Now as everything moves to HTML5 it was vanish

What do you dislike?

Often crashes and can be memory hungry

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at HTML5 for programming

Flash review by Christoph B.
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"Its time for a Flash free world"

What do you like best?

Nothing anymore

What do you dislike?

Huge security problems and slow to update.

Keeps crashing.

Not available on mobile devices.

Every time I update it tries to install additional software (What is the ask toolbar?)

Recommendations to others considering the product

I a perfect world you would never have to install it and never have to upgrade it.

Flash review by Jared T.
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"Visually smooth web plugin that is slowly going the way of the dinosaur"

What do you like best?

It is visually consistent across all browsers, which is something that is very hard to achieve using strictly javascript.

What do you dislike?

No ipad or iphone, crashes a lot.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Hard to replace the visually consistent presentation for a video or same, but for goodness sake don't use this to build your website anymore.

Flash review by Eugene C.
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"Run-time software for web Flash media "

What do you like best?

This is an absolute necessity to view many websites that have Flash code on the web. It's used for games, animations, web pages, video, etc.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that I'm frequently prompted to download the latest version of Flash! Can't they integrate an auto-update feature? Even though I've downloaded the flash player app on my android phone, I still have problems playing videos integrated into webpages via the various browser options I have.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Flash is now facing a strong alternative/competitor in HTML5. I definitely recommend keeping close tabs on which becomes the winner. I believe Google has even stopped supporting Adobe Flash Player on its Google Play with the expectation that everything will be moving to HTML5

Flash review by Grigori E.
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"Still good while Flash is alive"

What do you like best?

cross-functionality under all platforms and browsers

What do you dislike?

heavy, and lot of memory leaks in recent versions, it became bigger, (talking about size) but no major changes from functionality perspective

Recommendations to others considering the product

set to "no updates" to avoid head ache

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