Has Adobe made any announcements, or does anyone have any insights, regarding whether Adobe will be extending the RMA to support the Flash Active X plugin in addition to the NPAPI player? With the unbundling of Flash and Acrobat in 9.5.1 this has created a major problem for us, as Internet Explorer is the only browser allowed by policy for most of my users. I am currently being forced to use a Legacy Media object (since that works with the Active X flash plugin) and force users to trust every document they open. My users aren't excited about this, but even more concerning is that they are now being desensitized to to Security Warnings in Reader...
I also am under the assumption that Flash and Acrobat will be unbundled in 10.x at some point - is that correct?
Users are strongly advised to stay on the update route for Adobe Reader unless there is an overriding reason not to (e.g. third party plugins). As of right now Adobe Reader X contains the embedded Flash Player runtime and so will play RMAs just fine inside any supported desktop browser. There is no reason not to require your users to update to Reader X, just as the introduction of RMAs required updates to Reader 9 a couple of years ago. Legacy media in an untrusted PDF is never a good idea; users should not be trained (intentionally or otherwise) into routinely dismissing the security DMB.
No announcements have been made as to Flash Player's presence (or lack thereof) in future releases of Acrobat and Reader. Those with insights are not allowed to reveal the roadmap of Adobe software, but obviously it would be sensible for any software vendor to make their code as browser-agnostic as possible.
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