Talk:Adobe Flash Player
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Review and assessment
I've been expanding this article over the past few months and would like to know what's missing. I added 2 more project templates, Software and Free software (since Flash Player is free, though not open source). I've rated it "Mid" class under Software, since Flash Player was the first example on the Mid-class of the project's importance scale. I've also cleared the issues with the Criticism section and expanded the same section, and I've tried to be as unbaised as possible. Thanks for any help. -- Tom Jenkins (reply) 15:30, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
- The criticism section avoids the history of criticism. Some of the points criticised have been addressed in more recent versions, but this section mentions a criticism and then gives the answer to that criticism as if it had always been there.
- Its use to get around users clearing cookies.
This controversy was about 2009: eg http://www.wired.com/business/2009/08/you-deleted-your-cookies-think-again/
"More than half of the internet’s top websites use a little known capability of Adobe’s Flash plug-in to track users and store information about them, but only four of them mention the so-called Flash cookies in their privacy policies, UC Berkeley researchers reported Monday." It goes on to say how Flash is used to create 'zombie cookies' that reappear whenever users clear their cookies. None of this is even mentioned in this page its like history has been whitewashed.
User's were unaware of the settings manager website, and even those that were may not have realised that with each update all the settings were cleared.
- "Flash Player 10.1 and upward honor the privacy mode settings" is that a roundabout way of saying versions 1 to 10 ignored privacy settings?
- "Flash Player will only allow content originating from exactly the same website domain to access data saved in local storage." This is either wrong or very misleading, because when a user visits different websites information is shared between these websites using Flash. They just do it through a 3rd party. The 3rd party will be using a single domain but this is not the website domain the user is visiting, it is only the domain of the 3rd party, often an advertiser's plug in. If the average user looks at the domains that are listed by Flash in the Settings Manager they would not recognise the majority of the websites listed.
- "According to Steve Jobs, running Flash video on the iPad would cut its battery life from 10 hours to a measly 1.5"
Apple says "Flash delivers half the battery life of its H.264" No mention of how Flash uses up the battery. Users have created special programs to handle Flash, and other plugins, because they are such a drain on batteries. eg ClickToFlash, being able to start up Flash only when the user wants to see a video. http://hoyois.github.com/safariextensions/clicktoplugin/ (Which is another criticism: users have no control over a Flash movie starting up when they visit a website, Adobe do not allow users to even start/stop a movie, users have had to create these controls themselves.)
QuentinUK (talk) 03:08, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
- A few times a day my computer locks up because Shockwave has stopped running (This happens even though I rarely do any moving stuff like Youtube). If this is common and documentable, it should be included. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 12:59, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
Only content created on the Adobe Flash platform?
In the first sentence: "software for viewing multimedia, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming video and audio, content created on the Adobe Flash platform." What does this mean? Can it only be used to view, execute and stream content created on the Adobe Flash platform? Or can it view and execute content created on other platforms, but stream only content created on the Adobe Flash platform? Or can it also be used for streaming video and audio content created on other platforms? Nurg (talk) 04:19, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Release date of latest updates
One thing I like about this article is that it usually has the date of the latest update of Flash Player. There was an update release today (Feb 5 2015) but when I looked at the article, the article hadn't been updated to match. I did find the release notes on Adobe's site. Oaklandguy (talk) 03:13, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Player vs Authoring environment
The release history lists a lot of improvements made in the authoring environment, but many of these features aren't actually reflected in the player. Color tweening for example is handled only in the authoring environment, AFAIK, and dumps the tweened results to the SWF file. You can verify by importing an SWF file into an FLA.