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Flash player vs. flash Plugin

Jun 3, 2010 7:55 AM

I am trying to be diligent about keeping all my Adobe products up to date.  Flash is next in line but I don't quite understand what the flash player is as compared to the plugin.  I have multiple computers that have both installed and want to make sure everything is on the current version.  So my questions are:


#1. What is the difference between the player and the plugin?


#2. When I go to Adobe's site and update flash it only updates the flash player, not the plugin.  Where is the update for the plugin to bring it current?


#3. Is the plugin even needed if the flash player is installed?


Thanks for the input in advance.



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    Jun 3, 2010 8:07 AM   in reply to BD123BD

    Hi BD, The Flash Player term applies to all browsers that is supported. If you see Flash Player ActiveX in your Add/Remove or Programs and Features, this indicates you have it Installed in Internet Explorer. If you see Flash Player plug-in listed there, it indicates that you have it Installed in Firefox, Chrome or any other browser that is supported.



    In the IE add ons, one would also have the Shockwave Flash Object, the ActiveX Control that works with the Flash files for IE that have been Installed and it must be Enabled.


    In the FF or other browsers, one would find the SWF vs (latest version) listed and it must be Enabled. This is the plug-in and yes it is needed.


    When Installing Flash Player, you would need to Use IE and Install for that browser. Then if you want Flash Player Installed for Firefox or another browser, then Use that browser and Install Flash Player for all non-IE browsers.


    The link for non-IE browsers is here which you would download to your Desktop:




    Hope this helps explain it.





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    Jun 3, 2010 8:38 AM   in reply to BD123BD

    Hi BD, good to hear. And thanks for marking your thread as answered. You had a good question and I'm sure your thread will be helpful to others as well.







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