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Adobe updates Flash Player, plans to drop PowerPC support

updated 10:20 am EST, Thu December 10, 2009

PowerPC hardware

Adobe has published a new version of Flash Player, updating the software to v10.0.42.34. The software fixes several security vulnerabilities, including ones related to data injection and integer overflow. Others are connected to crashes, memory corruption and JPEG image parsing.

Within the Windows edition, another flaw has been fixed in the Flash ActiveX control for Internet Explorer. Users can download the new Player manually, or else wait to be prompted Adobe's automatic updater.

The company has meanwhile announced that after the release of Flash Player 10.1, it will be ending support for G3-based PowerPC systems, no longer providing any security updates. "This unavailability is due to performance enhancements that cannot be supported on the older PowerPC architecture," says Adobe. The v10.1 release will also mark a transition over to Intel-only code, reducing all PowerPC updates to maintenance patches. The new Flash is expected in the first half of 2010.

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Two characters?

    C'mon, Macnn. You couldn't put "G3" in you article headline? You've probably got at least 1/3 the mac population worried for a minute there, not that flash runs well on any ppc chip.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They actually said this?

    "it will be ending support for G3-based PowerPC systems"

    Well then, thanks heavens I've got G4 and G5 systems in my legacy inventory.

    Were these Adobe's words or MACNN? If the former, then... yikes. If the latter, please correct.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Running Flash on PPC is Awful Anyway

    My kids got a G5 iMac with max memory and watching her play flash based games is agonizing. They run, barely. Fire up that same game on my Intel iMac and it runs great. Either make it work well or drop it entirely. The in-between compromise is terrible.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I thought they already did

    ...based on how unusable Flash was, after I installed the last version on the dual 2.0GHz G5 I retired a few weeks back. It was so terrible I actually stopped using any site that used Flash on that computer, and accelerated the preparation of its replacement.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    same as beta?

    This installer is the same date of release as the beta. Seems like Adobe just renamed the beta.

  1. leamanc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What they said

    I second what mgpalm and phillymjs said...running the Flash plugin on PPC systems has been pretty much useless for a while now, probably since 10.0.

    The sad thing is, when I view YouTube videos through a browser (via Adobe's plugin), they stutter and drop frames like crazy. However, I can copy and paste the YouTube URL into VLC and it plays fine there. So it's not a matter of the hardware not being able to handle the Flash video, it's Adobe's bloated and otherwise atrocious coding.

  1. Salsa

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another data point...

    I have a dual G5 with 5.5gigs of ram and flash video doesn't work here either. So, everybody agrees that flash doesn't work on PPC anyway.

    I'll have to try that trick of playing YouTube videos in VLC. Thanks.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Same as beta

    Well, when you've got perfection, there's no reason to make another build!

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash sucks.

    It's extremely CPU intensive, slow to load, heavy on memory & causes thread per app (safari in this case) count jump considerably, requiring a restart of the app after clearing temp files to regain optimal memory performance.

    - A

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