Flash Player, the good old application that played Flash Animation has been around for a while now. Even before WordPress or Joomla, websites built using plain HTML editors incorporated Flash animations and the Flash Player allowed playing these animations on screen. Flash player has been used to play animations made using Flash either as a standalone player or as a plug-in for browsers. With time, the player has evolved and several of the bugs that existed previously have been eliminated. The latest versions of Flash Player support 64 bit browsers of most of the popular browsing apps such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera and others. The player continues to be widely used and now delivers a much better performance than earlier.
Adobe Flash Player supports browsers such as IE, Chrome, Opera, and Firefox. The program also supports the latest versions of all operating systems such as Mac OS, Windows and Linux. For Mac OS, it requires a version of OS X 10.6 or later to run efficiently. The plug-in for Adobe Flash Player comes bundled with Google Chrome, so you do not have to download and install it. For other browsers, you will have to download the compatible version and install it.
The player can be accessed from the toolbar of the browser, however, there is minimal intervention needed from the users. Hence, unless you are a programmer, it is recommended that you do not change the default settings of the Flash Player.
The popularity of the program is evident from the fact that it is installed on 98% of all browsers around the world.
Efficiency and Performance
The latest versions of Flash Player are free of several bugs which existed in the previous versions. It improves the performance and efficiency of the program. Hence, it is advisable that the users upgrade their Flash Player regularly. The player requires low memory for installation and low RAM for execution. It does not adversely affect the performance of the browser or the operating system. The player performs equally efficiently on a computer, tablet or a smartphone.
The latest version is fully equipped to render high resolution graphics and bitmaps and smoothly runs accelerated videos. The player is easy to install and simple to use. Hence, those with little knowledge of technical specifications can also get the best results without any manual intervention.
Despite its high performance and efficiency, Abode has been unable to remove some of the flaws from the Flash Player. It still gives errors while executing and the plug-in is susceptible to crashes. Most of the Google Chrome users would have experienced this annoying situation when they get an error message on the top of their browser that Adobe Flash has crashed and needs to reload. However, apart from it, the player does not have many drawbacks.