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Adobe Flash is a development platform for various types multimedia and software, including animations, browser games, web applications and mobile games. Flash is supported on a several different web browsers for the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS C and Linux operating systems, but was replaced by HTML 5 for use on smart phone mobile devices.


In 1993, the California-based software development company FutureWave Software[1] was founded, which released the drawing program SmartSketch as their first product. Shortly after, the program was redesigned as the FutureSplash Animator vector animation tool (shown below).

In December 1996, the software company Macromedia purchased FutureSplash, renaming the product to Adobe Flash and releasing it as both an editor and player. The new version was widely adopted on the web by video game and animation creators following the release of a free browser plugin.


In January 2008, the core technology Internet markup language HTML 5 was released, which included several features similar to Adobe Flash, including audio and video playback and Scalable Vector Graphics. Unlike Flash, HTML 5 requires the use of CSS3 and Javascript to run animations and interactive elements. In January 2015, YouTube replaced Flash with HTML 5 as their default video player.



In 1995, the first version of the site Newgrounds was launched, which has been cited as the web's oldest Flash animation portal user-generated community. The site was scarcely updated until after the Macromedia acquisition of Flash in 1996.


In March 2006, YTMND switched to a Flash preloader[6] for user-submitted pages in order to fix a bug requiring a page refresh to match background sound with animations.

YouTube Tutorials

Many YouTubers have created video tutorials on creating games and animations using Adobe Flash. As of July 2015, there are over 293,000 search results for the query "adobe flash tutorial."[7]


Flash has been criticized for its poor performance in resource management, frequent requirement of software updates and a variety of security vulnerabilities.

Update Requirements

Adobe Flash has gained much notoriety for its frequent release of software updates, which may cause inexplicable crashes or malfunctions for the users if neglected.


Browser Incompatibilities

As major web browsers and video-hosting platforms began to phase out their support of Adobe Flash for HTML5, many users have complained about experiencing sudden crashes during the playback of a media file.


Security Vulnerabilities

In 2011, the Mac Security company Intego[5] released a "Year in Mac Security" report, which noted that a trojan virus masquerading as a Flash Player installer had infected Mac OS X users. In early July 2015, several new security vulnerabilities were discovered in Flash, including a hack that allowed cyber criminals to attack a remote target's machine with malicious code.[2] On July 12th, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos[3][4] posted tweets calling for Adobe to announce an "end-of-life date for Flash," following the security complaints about the software platform (shown below). On the following day, the software company Mozilla disabled Flash by default in their Firefox web browsers.

Alex Stamos @alexstamos Follow It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day 3:00 PM 12 Jul 2015 わ 1,931 ★ 1,149 Alex Stamos @alexstamos Follow Even if 18 months from now, one set date is the only way to disentangle the dependencies and upgrade the whole ecosystem at once. 3:00 PM 12 Jul 2015 わ 132 ★ 110

License Revoking

On May 10th, 2019, Twitter user @KupoGames[8] tweeted that he had received an email from Adobe alerting him that they had discontinued certain older versions of their Creative Cloud applications and that as a result, he was no longer licensed to use them.

Matt Roszak Follow @KupoGames I just got an email from @Adobe that l'm no longer allowed to use the software that l'm paying for. Time to cancel my subscription I guess. Share plz. Adobe Dear Valued Customer At Adobe, we always strive to deliver more value to our customers, including much requested new features and capabilities, critical bug fixes and security updates. For these reasons we recommend all customers use the latest release of our Creative Cloud applications. We have recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications and as a result under the terms of our agreement, you are no longer licensed to use them. Our records show that you may be using the following version(s) of these applications ANIMATE: 15.0, ANIMATE:15.2,16.5 (Flash CC 2015 Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties. Please upgrade to the latest version(s) using the instructions below. By upgrading. you will continue to recelve all the value that Creative Cloud has to offer Here's what to do next: .For the simplest experience, download and install the latest version of the applications listed above using the Creative Cloud Desktop applicatlon . If you do not have the Creatlve Cloud Desktop application, you can download and Install It here - For detailed instructions on how to use the Creative Cloud Desktop application, click here - You can also download and install these applications (after signing in) from here. Should you have any difficulties, Adobe's Customer Support organisation is available to answer any questions about upgracing your Creative Cloud software. Please contact them here. Finally, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation. Regards, 2:42 PM 10 May 2019

Others reported that they received emails alerting them which specific applications they were no longer licensed to use Photoshop, Premiere, Lightroom Classic, Animate and Media Director.[9] In response to a customer complaint, @AdobeCare tweeted, "Customers who continue to use or deploy, unauthorized versions of Creative Cloud may face potential claims of infringement by third parties. We can not comment on claims of third party infringement, as it concerns ongoing litigation. ^CS."[10] Legal expert Dylan Gilbert told Vice[11] "(Adobe) has the power to force its customers to upgrade to newer more expensive versions at its whim, which illustrates the undue power and influence of EULAs over the lives of consumers. We should be able to own the things we buy.”

User @Biggaybutchbabe tweeted a Who Killed Hannibal? meme about pirating Adobe, gaining over 600 retweets and 2,000 likes (shown below, left). User @maaike posted a joke, gaining over 60 likes (shown below, right).

$48.99 ARTISTS ADOBE [GUNSHOT]] WHY ARE PEOPLE PIRATING OUR SOFTWARE? [] maaike! Follow @yesmaaike man adobe is getting really out of control You have 6 App updates availablex ...Or else. 8:47 PM 15 May 2019

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