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LostInParadise's avatar

Are there alternatives to Adobe flash player interface?

Asked by LostInParadise (29286points) November 16th, 2020

Adobe has announced that it will no longer be supporting flash player after the end of the year. I have a few sites that ask to enable Adobe flash player. Is there anything that can be done to get them to work without Adobe?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Farmville has said they will stop operating on December 31, 2020 because Flash will no longer be available:

“This Game Is Going Away Soon
FarmVille will no longer be available after December 31 because it runs on Adobe Flash, which is going away. After that date, you won’t be able to play the game and any in-game purchases will expire. . . . .”

There are emulators to replace Flash but apparently don’t work in all cases.

elbanditoroso's avatar

No. But to be fair, Adobe announced they were discontinuing Flash five years ago, so it should have been a signal for Farmville and other sites to convert. They didn’t. Many sites did.

For some applications, the increased functionality in HTML5 replaced Flash, but not all.

And Flash was bug-ridden and prone to hacking, so it’s good riddance.

SEKA's avatar

Adobe has been saying that Flash would be going “poof” for years. Youtube has come up with their own workaround. I’m sure that some young genius will suddenly have the fix either the day before or the day after Flash actually dies. Maybe Adob themselves will have the answer. It seems like I remember a replacement app showing up after Adobe announced the demise of Flash and suddenly Adobe stepped back in line and they were the golden child once again. I’m of the opinion that we will have a fix fairly soon after it is broken.

I use Firefox as my browser and they always seem to come up with a fix right behind a problem

cookieman's avatar

What @elbanditoroso said. Most sites have been switching to HTML-5 and other technologies for years.

This all started when Apple, a longtime partner with Adobe refused to run Flash on the iPhone. This caused some issues between the two companies but Steve Jobs was correct and the world of smart phones and mobile content has flourished nicely without Flash.

LadyMarissa's avatar

In my lifetime I’ve seen programs come & go. When a few left, I thought I was gonna die…but I didn’t. Maybe even IF Flash can’t be replicated, we might have some genius come up with a fix for specific problems like what Farmville as well as others will be encountering.

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