Flash blocked by Firefox

In an interesting turn of events, Firefox has blocked Flash until Adobe plug the securities vulnerabilities. This means most advertisements wouldn’t be able to run in Firefox.

The mob is turning against Flash. Mozilla has blocked every version of Adobe’s Flash plugin from running within its Firefox browser, while Facebook’s head of security has called for Adobe to kill it off.The moves come following a series of vulnerabilities in Flash being actively exploited, including those exposed by the Hacking Team compromise.Firefox users seeking to view Flash-based content, such as videos, adverts or more complex web tools for uploading images and other actions, will need to click again and accept a warning that “Flash is known to be vulnerable. Use with caution”.That means users of Firefox cannot use Flash by default and will not be able to until Adobe patches the security bugs and updates the plugin. Adobe has struggled to keep up with the number of bugs and vulnerabilities being exposed within Flash.

Source: Facebook calls for end to Flash as Firefox blocks it over hacking holes | Technology | The Guardian

Lack of a 64-bit Flash Player

I encounter a problem while trying to install the Flash plugin – there is no plugin for 64-bit browsers. This kinda surprise me actually. Flash would be one application that I would last expect to not work in 64 bit. But yeah, it doesn’t:

Player support on 64-bit operating systems

Issue

Adobe Flash Player is not supported for playback in a 64-bit browser. However, you can run Flash Player in a 32-bit browser running on a 64-bit operating system.

Reason

Adobe is working on Flash Player support for 64-bit platforms as part of our ongoing commitment to the cross-platform compatibility of Flash Player. We expect to provide native support for 64-bit platforms in an upcoming release of Flash Player following Flash Player 10.

Solution

To use Flash Player to view Flash content on a 64-bit operating system, you must run a 32-bit browser. (Source: Adobe)

To install Flash, you can always revert to a 32 bit browser. I just somehow like the number 64 that’s all.

ActionScript conference in Singapore

There’s going to be an ActionScript conference in Singapore coming October 19.

The Actionscript Conference

It would be cool to see what Adobe has for the developers. It cost 60 bucks to attend but if you’re real lucky and are amongst the first 10 to put the above badge up, you might be in for a little discount. And yeah, I am kinda eying for some discount, haha…

Google now crawls Flash

Flash developers would be pleased on this one – Google has now learnt to crawl the text within the Flash files.

Google learns to crawl Flash

Google has been developing a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files of all kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites. Recently, we’ve improved the performance of this Flash indexing algorithm by integrating Adobe’s Flash Player technology.

In the past, web designers faced challenges if they chose to develop a site in Flash because the content they included was not indexable by search engines. They needed to make extra effort to ensure that their content was also presented in another way that search engines could find.

Now that we’ve launched our Flash indexing algorithm, web designers can expect improved visibility of their published Flash content, and you can expect to see better search results and snippets. There’s more info on the Webmaster Central blog about the Searchable SWF integration. (Source: Google Blog)

This should have been done a long time ago. But it’s great news for ActionScript lovers. You text are not left out any more.

But! But!! But!!! Honestly, given a choice I much prefer see JavaScript if Flash is not really need. If you just want to create some rollovers or an image gallery, consider JavaScript. For one, it just works out-of-the-box. JavaScript libraries have cool effects that you can achieve with Flash too.