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Also labeled Shockwave Flash on some Web browsers, Adobe Flash Player is a freeware software that utilizes content created on the platform of Adobe Flash. Possible content created in this type of platform include multimedia, rich Internet applications, and streaming audio and video. The significance of Adobe Flash Player is that it can run from supported mobile devices as well as Web browsers in a form of a plugin.

Wide User Base

As a common format for animations, games, and GUIs or graphical user interfaces, Flash Player has a huge user base. In fact, Adobe has found out that over 400 million users out of 1 billion connected devices have updated to the latest Flash Player version after 6 weeks of release.

Multimedia Formats

MP3 – It can support playback and decoding of streaming MP3 audio first introduced in Flash Player 4.

FLV – It provides support for playback and decoding of audio and video inside the Flash Video files.

PNG – It provides support for rendering and decoding PNG or portable network graphics images in variants of 24-bit and 32-bit.

JPEG – This can provide support for rendering and decoding of compressed images format called JPEG.

GIF – This should be able to support rendering and decoding of compressed GIF or graphics interchange format images. This can be done only in single-frame variants in which loading a multi-frame GIF should only display the first image frame.

Flash Player Availability

The availability of Adobe Flash Player can be experienced in desktop platforms, particularly for Windows XP and later, Google Chrome, and OS X 10.6 and later. But, this is no longer available for Linux.

Adobe Flash Player can also be experienced in mobile platforms. The evolution came after Apple refused to allow it to be part of the iOS Web browser. Hence, Adobe then enabled Flash content to be distributed as native mobile app with the use of Adobe Integrated Runtime.