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4 Major Updates of Adobe Flash Player 11.6 and Adobe AIR 3.6

With the rising of Flash Player alternatives, the fall of Adobe Flash Player becomes a certainty. In an attempt to pave way for the development of HTML5, Adobe decides to distract its attentions from Adobe Flash Player. However, if one asserts the quick death of Adobe Flash Player, he will prove himself wrong. Actually, Adobe Flash Player still plays a crucial role in video and gaming entertainment. Therefore, Adobe Flash Player is frequently updated. In August, Adobe released Adobe Flash Player 11.5; in December, Adobe Flash Player 11.6 is debut.

One thing to notice is that only beta version of Adobe Flash Player 11.6 is given so that it may not as stable as one has expected. Flash Player 11.6 adds support to both Windows (Windows 8 system excluded) and Mac systems as either a plugin or an ActiveX. Generally speaking, Windows 8 users can update Flash Player to version 11.6 via the updates released by Microsoft. Along with Flash Player 11.6 come the release of Adobe AIR 3.6 and various new features. Therefore, this post will cover four major updates in Adobe Flash Player 11.6 and Adobe Air 3.6.

1. New security updates

New bug fix for Adobe FLash Player

As a cross-platform application, Adobe Flash Player is the main target of many hackers. In 2012 alone, various system flaws caused by vulnerable Adobe Flash Player has been traced and fixed. This is also a main factor leading to the fall of Adobe Flash Player. In fact, bug-fixing sets the main tune for most updated of Adobe Flash Player. As one of the major updates of Adobe Flash Player 11.6, new security updates are aiming to provide solutions to fix existing bugs that may bring the program potential flaws, threat the stability of the application, make the app incompatible with most devices and affect the performance of Adobe Flash Player.

2. Improved UI

Flash Player 11.6

The simple and plain UI of Adobe Flash Player has been criticized for years. Finally, a few changes have done to it in the latest Adobe Flash Player.  In the new UI, permission dialog is moved to the middle of the screen and a “Cancel” button is added when playing in full screen mode. Though this major update of Flash Player 11.6 has not done much help to beautify the UI of the program, it does provide users simple operations and more powerful functions.

3. Batch mode support

Multiple SWF files

As an important update of Adobe AIR 3.6 exclusively designed for developer, batch mode enables users to load multiple SWF files using the Loader class. When the loading has been done, developers can employ the SWF files in an AIR iOS application. The maximum number of the SWF files allowed for importation is related to the capability of the computer. Moreover, only those SWF files sharing the same application domain can be processed in batch mode.

4. Display resolution limitation

Adobe Flash AIR

Here comes another Adobe AIR 3.6 update for developers. When developers have defined a screen resolution with a tag named requestedDisplayResolution, all the devices with that display resolution will be banned accesses to applications developed by Adobe AIR 3.6. Of course, this update of Adobe AIR 3.6 is mainly employed to design applications for iOS devices.    

Top 4 Flash Player Alternatives in Mobile Market

With the advancement of science and technology, mobile is playing a more and more important role in people’s entertainment. Nowadays, people can not only record videos or play music with mobiles but also watch YouTube movies via mobiles. However, as mobile users’ demands of accessing to YouTube video via mobiles increases, the mobile market share of Adobe Flash Player is decreasing drastically. In most cases, mobiles without Flash Player can gain no access to YouTube videos. Therefore, Flash Player alternatives are highly desired in mobile market.

Right after iPhone‘s rejection to Adobe Flash, Jelly Bean device has excluded support to Adobe Flash in system design. Though Windows mobile still leaves a place for Adobe Flash, it is most likely to follow suit after security flaws caused by Adobe Flash has been founded in Windows 8. Therefore, Flash Player alternatives are quite necessary. Without Flash Player alternatives, the absence of Adobe Flash in mobile market will lead to the turmoil of the market. Luckily, the mobile market has gotten such Flash Player alternatives already. Therefore, this post will show you top four Flash alternatives in mobile market.

1. HTML 5: Flash Player alternative for all mobiles


As the major competitor of Adobe Flash Player, HTML5 gains the final victory in the battle of Adobe Flash vs HTML5. Even Adobe has decided to switch its attentions from Adobe Flash to HTML5 in the future. Once HTML5 is widely adopted, the era of Adobe Flash will end. For video websites with HTML5 support, Adobe Flash Player is no longer a necessity to watch online videos. Therefore, the popularization of HTML5 will help mobile users to enjoy YouTube videos freely.

2. Gianduia: Flash Player alternative for iPhone


It is a well-known story that Apple is working on its own Adobe Flash Player named Gianduia. Though there are few details about the loftily expected app, people believe that the alternative Flash Player will be no less powerful than mobile Adobe Flash. Moreover, according to the tradition of Apple, Gianduia is almost certain to be an app powerful in function and secure in design. The only problem is that the launch date of the Flash Player alternative is still unknown. Moreover, after YouTube app has been rejected by iOS 6, users need to figure out ways to watch YouTube videos with iOS 6 devices like iPhone 5.

3. Silverlight: Flash Player alternative for Windows mobile


In 2007, Microsoft is working on a Flash Player alternative named Silverlight. Unlike Gianduia, Silverlight was put in use in some certain fields. As a free plug-in, powered by the .NET framework and compatible with multiple devices and operating systems, Silverlight seems to be an ideal Flash Player alternative in mobile market. To many people, it is quite surprising that Silverlight is not used as an official app for Windows 8 system. However, after Adobe Flash Player has lost its last chance in Windows 8, Silverlight may become an ideal choice for Windows mobile.

4. Adobe AIR: Flash Player alternative for Android mobile

Adobe AIR

As another product provided by Adobe, Adobe AIR is playing a more and more important role in Android market. As a cross-platform runtime environment designed to build Rich Internet Applications, Adobe AIR is now widely used to create apps for Android mobiles. Moreover, via Adobe AIR, people can help Android mobiles to gain access to online videos without Adobe Flash Player installed. For example, BBC had replaced Adobe Flash with Adobe Air in iPlayer a few weeks ago. Therefore, Adobe AIR can be viewed as a Flash Player alternative for Android mobile.

Mobile Market Demand Turns Right but Adobe Flash Turns Left

After Adobe announced its plan to cease the development program for Adobe Flash, the discussion of the death of Adobe Flash has never ceased. Though there are various alternative apps in the market, none of them are powerful enough. However, the market is eager to getting rid out of Adobe Flash. Therefore, one can sense interesting phenomena: mobile market demand turns right but Adobe Flash turns left. While mobile market demand for Flash is increasing, support to Adobe Flash Player is decreasing.

Adobe Flash Player

Mobile market is a sector that Adobe Flash Player never really cared before. Therefore, after making several mistakes, Adobe could do nothing but witness the fall of Adobe Flash Player in mobile market. However, it is not easy to drive Adobe Flash out of mobile market. For one thing, as an app exclusively designed for online video websites, Adobe Flash is the only choice for mobiles to get access to YouTube videos. For another, the rising of alternative apps like HTML 5 are not good enough to replace Adobe Flash.

With wide range of usage, someone asserted that Adobe Flash will remain popular. However, to his surprise, things completely went out of control. The truth is more and more mobiles, especially those favored ones, can’t wait breaking ties with Adobe Flash. It was iPhone that made the first attempt and other mobiles like Nokia phones and Android cells decided to follow suit. Adobe Flash also made its revenges by quitting Google Play. Therefore, at present, not only Jelly Bean mobiles fail to install Flash Player but also Gingerbread devices.

Contrary to the lessening mobile support to Adobe Flash, the market welcomes a rising demand for the same application. With the development of science and technology, mobile has turned out to be a mini version of computer. Without YouTube support, a device can’t name itself powerful multimedia tool. YouTube support can’t be achieved without Adobe Flash. Then market demand for Flash Player increases. At present, the mobile market is now in a situation where mobile support to Adobe Flash is downhill and requirement for Adobe Flash is rising.

For mobile makers, there are many reasons to reject Adobe Flash. It is brings security concerns, it is energy-consuming and it crashes quite often. However, there is one reason to support Adobe Flash and this one makes a difference. There are no alternative apps to satisfy users’ rising demand for Adobe Flash. Though Apple is working on a similar app, it is not available at present. HTML 5 has been a favored choice but never put into practice in a large scale. BBC had replaced Adobe Flash with Adobe Air in iPlayer but the power of the media player is still a myth. Therefore, Adobe Flash Player is still the best choice to meet user’s increasing demand.

Currently, mobile users want the function of Adobe Flash Player while makers are reluctant to provide them. As a result, when getting the latest mobile, users are trying to find ways to watch Flash on iPhone 5, install Adobe Flash on Jelly Bean devices or download YouTube videos with mobiles. To this extent, users are in great pains in the situation where Adobe Flash turns left and mobile market demand turns right. The only way to release the agony is to bring Adobe Flash back to the supporting list. However, this is not likely to happen.