Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Sep 2009 13:52 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Earlier this week, news got out that Apple was shipping an outdated version of Adobe's Flash Player with Snow Leopard; if you updated to a more recent version before the upgrade to Snow Leopard, you would receive a downgrade. This older version had security holes in it, so Adobe advised everyone to upgrade. The Mozilla team has now announced that Firefox 3.5.3 and 3.0.14 will include a Flash version checker.
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It's great that Mozilla is doing this, but the real problem is that Adobe needs to make it easier to manage Flash. I run Windows and I have Adobe Reader (free) installed. It comes with a program called Adobe Updater. Adobe Updater does not update Flash. My friend who freelances in computer illustration has one of the Adobe Creative Suites... Thee CS4 version. It has Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash Professional (to make those Flash animations) and probably some other stuff he doesn't use. It also uses Adobe Updater to update the package. It updates Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash Professional; but it DOES NOT update the Flash plugins for the browser. Never mind that CS4 automatically installs Flash (an old version, by the way) in all of your browsers.

OK, Flash itself comes with an update mechanism. If you never seen it though, I wouldn't be surprised. By default, it only checks for a new version once every 30 days! You can change that setting, but only by visiting a web page on Adobe's server! (This page to be exact ) There is just so much wrong with this set up, I don't even know where to begin.

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