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    Adobe Flash - 32-bit, also not supported past 2020?
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    Adobe Flash - 32-bit, also not supported past 2020?
    A reply by Dave pointed me to this thread:
    Updating Adobe Flash Player in a macOS Ca… - Apple Community

    If correct what is posted there, what are people doing to watch anything that requires Adobe Flash?

    I don't really like the application for several, probably obvious, reasons, but I still keep coming across the odd site that uses Flash extensively.
    And I have not found another application that can be used to play flash content.

    There are really two questions:

    1. For those moving to Catalina right now or soon, if Flash is a 32-bit application, how does one play flash content?
    Is there something built into that OS that will do that?

    2. For those that are still on an older version of macOS, is there another option to play flash content?
    I realize flash won't stop working on the older macOS just because it is no longer supported, but in the past Flash has been updated constantly to plug security holes, so keeping Flash without that support could make a Mac with Flash installed vulnerable to attacts - that's what I am getting at.

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    Adobe Flash - 32-bit, also not supported past 2020?
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    I do not use Flash or Java.

    Chrome does have a version of it included within their browser, so I use that for my video streaming needs.


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    Chrome does have a version of it included within their browser
    Yes; and it keeps it up to date and, obviously, gets the updates direct from Adobe. There are many dodgy sites out there that try and entice the unwary to download from them - along with some nasty additives.

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    Adobe Flash - 32-bit, also not supported past 2020?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    I do not use Flash or Java.
    Chrome does have a version of it included within their browser, so I use that for my video streaming needs.
    I use Chrome very seldom, but my original questions still apply.
    I assume Adobe doesn't create a special 64-bit version to include with chrome and also keeps supporting Flash just for the Chrome version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krs View Post
    I use Chrome very seldom, but my original questions still apply.
    I assume Adobe doesn't create a special 64-bit version to include with chrome and also keeps supporting Flash just for the Chrome version.
    Hi krs - if the same thread, I mentioned that Flash was removed from both of my computers for the Catalina upgrade, so no longer present in 'System Preferences' - assume from the link given there that Flash is no longer needed and will be D/C by Adobe next year. Also, if you look on the Adobe website for Flash downloads, Catalina is not included (pic below) - Dave
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    Adobe Flash - 32-bit, also not supported past 2020?
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    Hi Dave,

    So how would you play flash content on a website when running Catalina?

    In the image you posted, under "About" it talks about Flash being installed in more than 1.3 billion systems and Flash Player being the "standard"......obviously not much of a "standard" if it is no longer supported or even works on the latest macOS.

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    Adobe Flash - 32-bit, also not supported past 2020?
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    Since the overwhelming majority of computer systems out there are running Windows and Windows 10 still supports 32 bit apps, I'm not sure it will matter very much. Also, many popular sites that once used Flash for video presentations, now use HTML5 instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krs View Post
    Hi Dave,

    So how would you play flash content on a website when running Catalina?

    In the image you posted, under "About" it talks about Flash being installed in more than 1.3 billion systems and Flash Player being the "standard"......obviously not much of a "standard" if it is no longer supported or even works on the latest macOS.
    Chrome works for me.
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    Most, if not all highly visited sites, have moved to HTML5 videos from Flash. Only those websites that stuck in time are still using Flash and for those you'll just have to use Chrome to get around them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krs View Post
    Hi Dave,

    So how would you play flash content on a website when running Catalina?

    In the image you posted, under "About" it talks about Flash being installed in more than 1.3 billion systems and Flash Player being the "standard"......obviously not much of a "standard" if it is no longer supported or even works on the latest macOS.
    Hi again krs - well, as Charlie & Ashwin state in their posts, many sites have switched to HTML5 over the last half dozen years or so - I've been using my Catalina laptops for about 2 weeks now - watch some videos and do online crosswords daily (to help my aging brain - ) - so far, have not seen a pop-up that I needed Flash, plus there seems to be no Catalina option - when I go to the Adobe test site, I get the first pic below; opened Chrome and when I try to run Flash, the settings are shown in the second pic - HMMM - even Chrome does not want you to run Flash - if enabled, then I can see Flash videos.

    Bottom line is that I'm not missing much, if anything, using Safari in Catalina, but my needs may not be yours or those of others? At any rate, Flash is 'dead in the water' next year, so might as well adjust now - my 2 cents. Dave
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