1/14/2014 - Release - Flash Player 12

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Jan 14, 2014 Jan 14, 2014

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Today we're pleased to announce that the next version of Flash Player is available for immediate download.  This update includes the following new features and improvements:

New Features:

  • Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 Support

Microsoft has released IE 11 on Windows 7 and we plan to officially support this in Flash Player 12.

  • Mac .pkg Installation Support

Deploying Flash Player and keeping it up to date is a critical task for system administrators worldwide.  In Flash Player 11.9 we added .pkg support for ease of deployment.  In Flash Player 12, we've incorporated feedback from system administrators to improve the workflow and UI.

  • Graphics: Buffer Usage flag for Stage3D

We've added a new enum Class called Context3DBufferUsage which defines two constants, STATIC_DRAW (default) and DYNAMIC_DRAW.  These constants specify how buffers will be used in Stage3D. We've also added a new parameter, called "bufferUsage", to the constructors of VertexBuffer and IndexBuffer. This "bufferUsage" parameter uses one of the constants form Context3DBufferUsage, which will allow you to select the appropriate buffer type according to your needs.

  • Stage3D Creation of Context3D with Profile Arra

We've added a new interface to Stage3D.requestContext3DMatchingProfiles(profiles:Vector.<String> ) which will create a Context3D with highest level suitable profile that is in profile array,  based on the current hardware.  A developer can check the newly added property 'profile' to obtain the current profile that was chosen by the Flash Runtime.

Notable Fixes and Enhancements:

  • [3629735] [Chrome x64] XPS Printing produces blank documents
  • [3633845] [Win8.x] YouTube videos don't always resume when tapping inside the video in desktop IE
  • [3637507] [Win8.1 Pepper] Camera is listed twice in the setting ui panel with Chrome
  • [3638403][Mac] Extra characters render when pressing the shortcuts CMD+C, CMD+X, CMD+A, and CMD+V in Stage Web View.
  • [3638538] [Win7][IE 11 - Instaback] Video continues to play for a few seconds after navigating away from page
  • [3646580] [Win8.1] edit control does not handle IVS characters or surrogate pairs such as emoticons correctly
  • [3641030][Mac] flash.media.scanHardware() does not work on NPAPI Flash Player
  • [3649243] [Win8.x] ARM devices: YouTube controls disappear when when exiting fullscreen by invoking app bar
  • [3649329] PlayTo stops in the middle when network connection is not stable
  • [3652092][Win8.x] unable to upload multiple images in file-browse dialog
  • [3656409] some menu controls are not refreshing when clicking controls and inputting text
  • [3655274] Fullscreen (with sourceRect) doesn't work correctly in Pepper version
  • [3659511][Win8.1][IE11] drawToBitmapData fails to draw correctly when using constrain mode
  • [3659511] on some graphics cards, Stage3d works in software mode, instead of GPU
  • [3664207] Audio continues to be heard when video is fast forwarded after a rewind operation
  • [3657240] wrong value is momentarily returned after trickPlay is ended using a pause
  • [3660676] KingsRoad Stage3D performance impacted on low-end laptops running Chrome with PPAPI player
  • [3673798] white/black background displays in CC mode

Known Issues:

  • Due to a recent issue discovered with the last released versions of Flash Player 11.9 (version 11.9.900.170 ) and Flash Player 12.0 ( version 12.0.043 ), audio or video playback when streaming over an RTMFP based peer to peer connection, including direct peer to peer, ip multicast or app level multicast configurations, will fail on IE 9 and IE 10 browsers. The issue does not affect Firefox, Chrome or Safari browsers.

The fix will be made available in the next Flash Player 12 update. Until then we recommend users use an alternate browser for applications that use p2p real time communications, including audio, video, data conferencing or chat applications.

The following behaviors will be modified in Safari 6.1 and higher in Safe Mode:

  • AIR Badge Installs - AIR Badge Installer will not launch an installer when running Safari 7 in Safe Mode.  Users will instead see a dialog with a link to more details and workarounds on an Adobe website.

  • Adobe Connect Plug-In Install - The Connect Plug-In Express Install will no longer work on Safari 7 in Safe Mode.  Users will instead see a dialog with a link to more details on an Adobe website.

  • Flash Player Global Settings - When a users launches the Global Settings menu from the Flash Player context menu on Safari 7 in Safe Mode, the user will be taken to the classic SWF-based preferences menu on an Adobe website, instead of the native Flash Player settings UI in the MacOS Control Panel.

  • LocalConnection - When a LocalConnection is constructed from a SWF hosted in Safe Mode, it may only establish a connection with other SWFs also hosted in Safe Mode.  If a LocalConnection is constructed from a tab with Safe Mode disabled, it will not be able to communicate with a SWF in a Safe Mode tab.

For complete information please see our release notes.

Security update details can be found here: Security Bulletin (APSB14-02)

Current Flash Player desktop users that have enrolled in either the "Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)" or "Notify me to install updates" update options will receive an update notification dialog within 7 days from today (please note that Windows users will need to restart their system to receive the notification dialog.)

If you would like to install the update immediately, please use one of the links below:

Flash Player 12 desktop for Windows XP, Vista and 7 and Internet Explorer:

Flash Player 12 desktop for Windows XP, Vista and 7 and Other Browsers:

Flash Player 12 for Windows 8.1 64-Bit and Internet Explorer:

Flash Player 12 for Windows 8.1 32-Bit and Internet Explorer:

Flash Player 12 for Windows 8.0 64-Bit and Internet Explorer:

Flash Player 12 for Windows 8.0 32-Bit and Internet Explorer:

Please note that both Flash Player for Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 8 are updated using different mechanisms.  Flash Player for Google Chrome updates will occur during regular Chrome updates.  Flash Player updates for Internet Explorer on Windows 8 will be provided by Microsoft though the Windows automatic update feature.

Flash Player 12 desktop for Mac:

Flash Player 11.2 desktop for Linux:

On July 9th, 2013 we changed the version of our "extended support release" from Flash Player 10.3 to Flash Player 11.7 for Mac and Windows. To continue to stay current with all available security updates you will need to install the 11.7 extended support release or update to the most recent available release (11.9, etc.). For full details, please see this blog post:

Extended Support Release Updated to Flash Player 11.7

Flash Player 11.7 desktop for Windows, Macintosh and Linux: 11.7.700.260

Previous versions of Flash Player can be found on the Archived Flash Player page

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