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Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020

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We just need to be able to have Flash Player working until Jan 2021. Are there any possible workarounds?

 

There is a suggestion to deply an old version of Chrome or Firefox and users use that. But if the Microsoft patch has been deplyed, will that work if the old broswer is installed?

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Adobe Employee , Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020
Depending on what you're doing, you probably have some options at your disposal.  Check out the Enterprise EOL FAQ, and the Enterprise Enablement section of the Flash Player Administrators Guide.  They should get you pointed in the right direction.   https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/enterprise-end-of-life.html https://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/flash_player_admin_guide.html If you need additional guidance, specifics about what you need to accomplish would be useful.

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Dec 10, 2020 Dec 10, 2020

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Adobe have worked hard to remove workarounds, so far as I can see. Flash Player is timebombed.

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Depending on what you're doing, you probably have some options at your disposal.  Check out the Enterprise EOL FAQ, and the Enterprise Enablement section of the Flash Player Administrators Guide.  They should get you pointed in the right direction.  

 

https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/enterprise-end-of-life.html

https://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/flash_player_admin_guide.html

 

If you need additional guidance, specifics about what you need to accomplish would be useful.

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Thank you for the reply jeromiec83223024 ,

 

So will just installing and old browser version not be the easiet soluitons as those will have Flash built in?

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Same question and looking forward for the reply, thanks 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Since this question has been asked in various forms, I looked around to see what has been done by others in relation to this.


Something to note, the Flash EOL relates the removal of the Flash Plugin and blocking of content playing in modern browsers. If you have have an old browser and the Flash plugin retained, Flash content should still play in the browser. The reccomendation is to use current browsers and updates for security reasons. Standalone exectuables that have embedded Flash content will not be impacted.  

 

I have found a tool called Ruffle (https://ruffle.rs/#what-is-ruffle) that claims to be a Flash Player emulator. I haven't tried it myself. According to the site, Ruffle can be downloaded as a standalone application on your computer that can open local SWFs. The site states that Ruffle was developed specifically to preserve access to Flash content.


Another site I have found is BlueMaxima’s Flashpoint (https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/faq/)  .
"BlueMaxima's Flashpoint is a webgame preservation project. Internet history and culture is important, and content made on web platforms including, but not limited to Adobe Flash, make up a significant portion of that culture."
"We support games and animations using Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave Player, HTML, Java Plug-in, Unity Web Player, Microsoft Silverlight, 3DVIA Player, 3D Groove GX, PopCap Plugin, ActiveX, Authorware Web Player..."
https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/faq/ 

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Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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Ruffle is at feature parity with maybe Flash 5 or 6.  There are some older emulator projects (e.g. Shumway) out there as well that might be a little more functionally complete.  Ruffle runs some old Flash games.  It's not going to be a solution for an enterprise trying to keep their Flex-based intranet application going, or for any of the modern AS3 / Stage3D based games (Farmville, Plants vs Zombies, etc). 

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