Adobe Flash Player is a software used to create content on Adobe Flash’s platform. It includes a variety of multimedia contents such as internet applications and the streaming of audio or video files. The flash player can be ran from one of the web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, etc). and be used as a plug-in. It can also work on mobile devices that support it. Initially released back on January 1, 1996, the Adobe Flash Player was first created by the company Macromedia. Macromedia eventually distributed it thanks to the Adobe Systems. In 2005, Macromedia was acquired by Adobe. Now the flash player can be used as a freeware (software used at no cost to the end user).
Adobe Flash Player has been one of the most helpful softwares. It is used for animations, web games, and many graphic elements in different web pages. Just in 2013, Adobe announced that there have been more than 400 million (of 1 billion) desktops that have the new version of the Adobe Flash Player. There are many features that the software contains. This runtime is used to display and execute content from an SWF (Small Web Format) file. The Adobe Flash Player is able to run a lot of different file formats that are necessary for a lot of reasons. Here are some of them:
• It supports multimedia file formats such as MP3, FLV, JPEG, GIF, and PNG. All of these are used to support the playback and decoding of photos, videos and music files.
• It also supports streaming protocols such as HTTP, RTMP, and TCP. All of them are used to communicate with the web servers, as well as produce live audio, video streaming and any other similar way of communication.
The Adobe Flash Player is known for its many updates that are done to keep the software as fast as possible. The hardware accelerations were changed after the 10th version of the player since there was no support for the GPU. The current versions of the player are supported by a hardware acceleration that is used for the rendering of 3D graphics and video playback.
In mid-2017, Adobe revealed that they will stop supporting the Flash Player at the end of 2020. The main reason for this is to encourage the usage of open HTML5 standards. This announcement was approved by big technology companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Mozilla. It was later revealed that the Adobe Flash Player will be officially removed from all of the supported browsers on December 31, 2020.