For a long time, the Flash Player was indispensable for playing videos, animations and other multimedia content. In the meantime, its importance has decreased significantly. We explain what it does, what its future looks like and how you can find out whether and which version of Flash is installed on your computer.
- The Flash Player has made interactive content possible on the Internet
- Flash has become much less important in recent years
- You can find out if you have Flash installed on your computer on the Adobe website
Flash – a dinosaur of the multimedia age
For a long time, Adobe Flash Player was everywhere. Practically every large website that offered multimedia content such as animations or videos required the installation of the Flash Player. Flash is part of the history of the Internet. History is because you will find it on fewer and fewer pages. And for good reasons.
What does Adobe Flash Player do?
Flash consists of two components: the Flash Player and the Flash software platform. Developers can use the software to create a wide variety of multimedia content. In order for this content to be displayed and played, you need the Flash Player. This is a plug-in for your web browser .
Adobe Flash has played a major role in making the Internet today interactive and colorful. Among other things, the software enables the following content on websites:
- Vector graphics (scalable images)
What is the strength of Flash Player?
The great strength of Flash is that it can handle a wide variety of user input. In this way, for example, interactive advertising banners can be programmed that react to the movements of your mouse. For a long time, this was also decisive for online games and a feature that made interactive websites possible in the first place. Videos and animated graphics were also not available without Flash. This explains its importance: In 2010 the proportion of websites that used Flash content was over 50 percent – and at that time the software was already on the decline. According to abbreviationfinder, Flash Player is abbreviated as FSP.
Why is the Flash Player becoming less important?
Only a small number of websites now use Flash. There are several reasons for this. Basically, the industry assumes that Flash will completely disappear from the Internet in the next few years. How long the decline of technology has been going on is shown by a statement by Steve Jobs, who explained in 2010 why neither iPad nor iPhone support Flash.
Security gaps and high resource consumption
One of the most important reasons are security gaps that have occurred several times in recent years, sometimes to a considerable extent. This often led to some browsers recommending their users to completely uninstall Flash Player. This is the only way to be sure not to catch any viruses.
Developers and users are dependent on Adobe
How to find out whether and which version of Flash you have installed
For all its drawbacks, there are still a number of websites that use Flash. You need the Flash Player to display the content correctly. Adobe itself offers a test on its site.
Do you still need the Flash Player?