0 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2015 4:53 PM by chris.campbell

    8/11/2015 - Release - Flash Player 18

    chris.campbell Adobe Employee

      The next version of Flash Player is available for immediate download.  In today's release we've updated Flash Player with a critical security and functional bug fixes.  We recommend all users update to the latest version.


      Security update details can be found here: Security Bulletin (APSB15-19)


      New Features for Flash Player 18:

      • Improved Flash Player Install Process

      We have had consistent feedback from our customers that they prefer not to shut down their browsers to simply install Flash Player. This feature removes this requirement whenever possible. With Flash Player 18, in the vast majority of cases, the installer will no longer display a dialog to shut down the currently running browsers or applications that are using Flash Player!


      Once the installation is completed, you will be notified that the browser may need to be restarted to use the newly installed version. This requirement depends on your browser’s ability to see the new version.  Either way, Flash will continue to work and you can easily force the new version to appear by simply restarting your browser when it’s convenient for you.


      • Audio APIs added to Flash Player NPAPI

      We have added the ability for NPAPI-compatible browsers and applications to query the player and detect if audio is currently being played and if it can be muted. This new feature will allow applications to alert the user if audio is being played and give them the ability to mute, even if the Flash content does not.


      This new API is not applicable to ActionScript developers and is only available to browser and application developers that host the Flash plugin.


      • Stage3D - Standard Extended Profile for Desktop

      In version 17, Standard Extended Profile was introduced on iOS and Android devices that support GL ES3. In version 18, Standard ExtendedProfile support is added for Flash Player and AIR Desktop. It is represented by a new constant ‘STANDARD_EXTENDED’ in the Context3DProfile class. This constant can be used in the requestContext3D and requestContext3DMatchingProfiles methods of Stage3D. The standardExtended profile can only be accessed if the SWF version is 28 or newer.


      • Browser Zoom Factor for PPAPI Plugin and non-Win 8x ActiveX

      We've introduced a feature that proposes scaling of Flash content in the web browser in response to web page zoom factor change. This feature was already present for Internet Explorer on Window 8.x.  In Flash Player 18, it now supports PPAPI (Opera and Chrome) and Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and below.

      For complete information please see our release notes.

      Fixed Issues

      • Performance problems with Alchemy libraries [4020231]
      • Slides in prerecorded meeting do not display [4017347]
      • Player crashes while playing game on Kongregate [4019173]
      • Black Screen is observed when second SWF is loaded [4021075]
      • Videos are not loading on "http://www.espnfc.com" [4022883]
      • Unable to download files from Flex/Flash web app on Chrome [4021453]
      • Text in textfields not displayed on Chrome MAC [4020870]
      • Multiple security and functional fixes



      Current Flash Player 18 users who have enrolled in the "Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)" update mechanism will be automatically updated to a secure version of Flash Player over the next 24 hours.


      Users who have selected "Notify me to install updates" will receive an update notification dialog within 7 days from today.  Please note that Windows users will need to restart their system or log out and in to activate the update notification dialog.


      Please note that both Flash Player for Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 8.x are updated using different mechanisms when available.  Flash Player for Google Chrome updates will occur during regular Chrome updates.  Flash Player updates for Internet Explorer on Windows 8.x will be provided by Microsoft though the Windows automatic update feature.


      If you would like to install the update immediately, please use one of the links below:


      Flash Player 18 Windows for Internet Explorer - ActiveX:

      Flash Player 18 Windows for Firefox and other Netscape Compatible Browsers - NPAPI:

      Flash Player 18 Windows for Opera 26 and Chromium Based Browsers - PPAPI:


      Flash Player 18 for Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 (64-bit machine):

      Flash Player 18 for Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 (32-bit machine):

      Flash Player 18 for Internet Explorer on Windows 8 (64-bit machine):

      Flash Player 17 for Internet Explorer on Windows 8 (32-bit machine):


      Flash Player 17 Mac for Safari, Firefox and other Netscape Compatible Browsers - NPAPI:

      Flash Player 17 Mac for Opera 26 and Chromium Based Browsers - PPAPI:


      Flash Player 11.2 desktop for Linux (NPAPI):


      For those organizations that use the Extended Support Release (ESR), please note that we have incremented the ESR from version 13 to version 18 with today's update.


      Flash Player 13 Extended Support Release for Windows and Macintosh:


      Previous versions of Flash Player can be found on the Flash Player Archive page


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