FutureSplash became Flash after it was bought by Macromedia in the mid-1990s, then by Adobe in 2005. Flash is pushing 20 years old, but the latest version, now at 12.x, might be the best Flash ever on a Mac.
Slowest Death Ever
Any Mac or Windows PC user who’s ever used Flash or come in contact with a website or advertisement that uses Flash knows the truth about Flash.
Flash as we know it today is an excellent technology for rich internet apps, including animation, games, interactive sites, and nothing does vector graphics better.
Flash as we know it today may be responsible for more crashes on the Mac than any other app, and certainly can be considered a primary cause for global warming.
Is there a more popular app that uses more power on a Mac than Flash?
We’ve been predicting the demise of Flash for years, hastened by Steve Jobs’ dissing of Flash on mobile devices. Flash just doesn’t perform well on underpowered devices.
The latest Flash Player from Adobe has turned 12, as in version 12.x, and it has become the most stable version of Flash I’ve ever used on a Mac. And the most sneaky and obtrusive version ever.
Flash’s installation takes only seconds and a few clicks. What you’ll find elsewhere in Flash is a treasure trove of problems and opportunities for third parties to track you.
Preferences are now in the Mac’s System Preferences and give you options for Storage, Camera and Mic access, Playback and Advanced settings.
Privacy, Security, And Flash, Oh My!
I count no less than a dozen settings which can be used to compromise privacy and security if not set appropriately. Indeed, Flash Settings Manager has settings for Global Privacy, Global Security, Website Privacy, Global Notifications, Website Storage, Privacy Settings, microphone and camera options, and more.
While the web still has plenty of videos which require Flash, the player is updated often, of course, seemingly to fix security holes which pop up with frightening regularity.
Flash seems to be responsible for sucking up so much CPU juice than my MacBook Pro’s fan kicks in after opening three or four websites which contain Flash animated advertisements.
Following Apple’s lead, many of my Mac-owning friends have dumped the Flash Player plugin entirely on Safari, and use Google’s Chrome browser when a site calls for Flash. Version 12.x might be the best Flash ever, but it’s still Flash.