Welcome to the Flash Player and AIR 16 release notes!

February 12, 2015

With today's release, we've updated the AIR SDK and Runtime with important functional fixes.

February 5, 2015

In today's release, we've updated Flash Player with critical security and bug fixes.  We recommend all customers upgrade to this version.

Current Flash Player users that have enrolled in the "Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)" update mechanism will be updated automatically over the next 24 hours.  No additional work is needed on your part.  

Users that have selected "Notify me to install updates" will receive an update notification dialog within 7 days from today.  Please note that Windows users will need to restart their system or log out and in to activate the update notification dialog.  

Flash Player can always be downloaded and installed by simply visiting https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer  

Customers using Google Chrome or Windows 8.x Internet Explorer will receive the update through the Google and Microsoft update mechanisms.

January 27, 2015

In today's release, we've updated Flash Player with a critical security fix.  We recommend all customers upgrade to this version.

January 22, 2015

In today's release, we've updated Flash Player with a critical security fix.  We recommend all customers upgrade to this version.

January 13, 2015

In today's scheduled release we've updated Flash Player with important bug fixes and security updates.  In addition, today's release marks the official launch of AIR 16!  We're very proud to announce that AIR 16 includes iOS 64-bit support along with additional new features and important bug fixes.  We recommend developers take a moment to review the New Features, Fixed and Known Issues sections for full details.

December 9th, 2014

In today's scheduled release, we've updated Flash Player with new and improved functionality, important bug fixes and security updates.  We are currently hard at work adding iOS 64-bit support along with additional features to AIR and expect to release an updated beta shortly on labs.adobe.com.

 

We hope you enjoy this release.  If you encounter any problems please us know by posting issues to our public bug database.  For installation or usage help, please visit our community forums for assistance.

Adobe Bug Database - https://bugbase.adobe.com
Flash Player Forums - http://forums.adobe.com/community/flashplayer
AIR Forums - http://forums.adobe.com/community/air

Fixed Issues

February 12, 2015

AIR

  • [iOS8, iPad] Application hangs on returning back to stage after importing an image from the gallery on an iPad. (3916940)
  • [iOS] App screen does not render properly when a device is rotated to an upside down position. (3916521)
  • [iOS] Push notification is not working on iOS devices as notification permission pop ups did not appear on app launch. (3928304)
  • [iOS64] LC_VERSION_MIN_IPHONEOS is set incorrectly when ANE of higher/lower minOSversion is used.
  • Packaging fails with error "Unable to find llvm JNI lib in", when an application is packaged with -useLegacyAOT yes option.
  • Graphical glitches with bitmap smoothing and scaling.( 3915192)

 

February 5, 2015

Flash Player

  • Empty ContextMenu item causes Pepper Plugin crash.(3916213)
  • IE does not work with symbolic link.( 3912048)
  • Graphical glitches with bitmap smoothing and scaling.( 3915192)
  • Flash Player shows "plug-in failure" when system language is Hebrew.( 3853930)

 

January 27, 2015

Flash Player

  • Security Fix

 

January 22, 2015

Flash Player

  • Security Fix
 

January 13, 2015

Flash Player

  • The video size of CNN video player does not come back to its normal size in none fullscreen mode after exiting the fullscreen mode by pressing "esc" key.(3863580)
  • First frame is lost when exporting the video.(3738705)
  • Flash needs to append a "Flash" directory to the path returned from IEGetWriteableFoldePath().(3860413)
  • Disabling Hardware Acceleration in IE flash plugin disables it in AIR EXEs.(3843535)

AIR

  • [iPhone 6 Plus] Wrong screen size and dpi is returned through the runtime APIs. (Bug 3829474)
  • [iOS] [New fast packager] Some applications compiled with older ActionScript compiler won’t work with new fast packaging engine but when rebuild again with latest ActionScript compiler apps work fine. (Bug 3837665)
  • Geolocation services are not working (Bug 3916071)
  • [iOS8, iPhone] Application hangs on returning back to stage after importing an image from gallery. (Bug 3912961)
  • An error is thrown with D.eval library (Bug 3857582)
  • [AIR Desktop]AIR Runtime crashes when using worker feature in a complex application.(3841682)

 

December 9th, 2014

Flash Player

  • [Mac 10.10] Flash Player shows "plug-in failure" when system language is Hebrew - 3847876
  • Multiple security and stability fixes

New Features

  • iOS 64-Bit Support

As many of you are aware, Apple has recently changed their iOS requirements to enforce 64-bit compatibility.  We’re pleased to announce that the AIR 16 SDK can now be used to generate universal IPA binaries, which will run on both 32bit and 64bit iOS devices.  Going forward, every IPA generated using AIR SDK 16 and above will be a universal binary and there is no change required in the packaging commands for this support.

Please note that support for creating universal IPA binaries will only be available in the new compiler.  The legacy compiler is not (and will not be) compatible with iOS 64-bit.  Because of this, it will be removed with version 16 of the AIR SDK.  To ensure that Adobe as well as third party tools are able to work with this AIR SDK, the -useLegacyAOT option will continue to exist, but will be internally mapped to the new compiler.

With this change, any ANE that gets packaged in the application should contain the universal native libraries. Failing to do so will result in “Apple App Store allows only universal applications. is not a universal binary. Please change build settings in Xcode project to "Standard Architecture" to create universal library/framework” error while packaging the ipa.

To learn more about the improved packaging engine, please read Faster Compiling with AIR for iOS.

If you encounter packaging or runtime issues, please report them to us over at http://bugbase.adobe.com. Please provide detailed steps to reproduce along with sample projects. If you'd like to keep your code private, please feel free to email attachments along with your bug number to ccampbel@adobe.com.

 

  • Stage3D Wireframe Mode Support

To help designers and developers create robust and efficient 3D content, we've added Wireframe support into AIR desktop. This option can be changed by setting Context3D's setFillMode() to "wireframe" or "solid".

 

  • PPAPI Installers for Windows and Mac

We're pleased to announce that we now have PPAPI installers for the standard version of Flash Player for Windows and Mac.  Previously, this version of Flash Player was available only as an integrated component of Google Chrome.  With the introduction of these installers, Flash Player is now available for all Chromium based browsers using the PPAPI interface.  Please note that these installers are not required nor used by Google Chrome.  Chrome will continue to include Flash Player without requiring any additional installation.

Customers can download the PPAPI based installer from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer or http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions

Developers interested in using the PPAPI debuggers can download the installers from the Flash Player Support Center.

 

  • Stage3D - Standard Constrained Profile

In version 14 of the Runtime we added the new Standard profile to desktop systems. This improvement in 3D graphics brought massive improvements to both Flash Player and AIR.  In Version 15 we expanded that to mobile devices in AIR.  

In Flash Player 16 we've added a new Standard Constrained profile.  Like Baseline Constrained, Standard Constrained targets older and lower powered GPUs on both desktop and mobile devices.

While Standard profile reached a little over 20% of all iOS devices, the new Standard Constrained profile can now reach more than 85% of iOS devices!  Developers can access this new mode by using the new STANDARD_CONSTRAINED constant in Context3DProfile.  The chart below breaks down the differences between the different profiles that are currently available.

 

constrained profiles

For a full list of features in Flash Player and AIR, including features introduced in previous releases, please review the document here

Released Versions

Deliverable Released Version
Flash Player Windows for Internet Explorer - ActiveX 16.0.0.305
Flash Player Windows for Firefox - NPAPI 16.0.0.305
Flash Player Windows for Chromium - PPAPI 16.0.0.305
Flash Player Mac for Safari and Firefox - NPAPI 16.0.0.305
Flash Player Linux for Firefox - NPAPI 11.2.202.442
Flash Player Extended Support Release 13 (Mac and Win) 13.0.0.269
Flash Player Win 8.x for Internet Explorer 16.0.0.305
Flash Player Mac for Google Chrome 16.0.0.305
Flash Player Windows for Google Chrome  16.0.0.305
Flash Player ChromeOS 16.0.0.305
Flash Player Linux for Google Chrome 16.0.0.305
AIR Desktop Win Runtime 16.0.0.273
AIR Desktop Mac Runtime 16.0.0.245
AIR Android Runtime 16.0.0.272
AIR SDK & Compiler Windows 16.0.0.292
AIR SDK & Compiler Mac 16.0.0.292
AIR SDK Windows 16.0.0.292
AIR SDK Mac 16.0.0.292

Known Issues

Flash Player

  • [Mac only]Stream playback doesn't work in Safari for file from local filesystem. (3928241)
  • Flash player fails to install when installed in the following order: MSI > EXE (Web Installer) > MSI. (3928747)
  • Capabilities.language return "xu" when setting system locale to "Spanish(Mexico)". (3849223)
  • Flash Player Prompts for Updates with 'Never Check for Updates' Enabled in Flash Player Settings Manager. (3673004)
AIR
  • Application UI items are not clickable after changing application rotation to landscape to portrait. (3924470)
  • Screen does not render properly when enter foreground from background. (3919996)

Security Enhancements

Security Bulletin Impacted Deliverables
APSB15-04 Adobe Flash Player

Authoring Guidelines

Authoring for Flash Player 16

To use the new Flash Player, you will need to target SWF version 27 by passing "-swf-version=27" as an extra compiler argument to the ASC 2.0 compiler.  Detailed directions are below.

  • Download the new playerglobal.swc for Flash Player 16
  • Download and install Flash Builder 4.7 from Creative Cloud: https://creative.adobe.com/products/flash-builder
  • Backup the existing AIR SDK if you need to restore it later then replace the bundled AIR SDK with the AIR 16 SDK.  To do this, unzip the AIR 16 SDK to this location:
    • MacOS: /Applications/Adobe Flash Builder 4.7/eclipse/plugins/com.adobe.flash.compiler_4.7.0.348297/AIRSDK
    • Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Flash Builder 4.7 (64Bit)\eclipse\plugins\com.adobe.flash.compiler_4.7.0.349722\AIRSDK\
  • In Flash Builder, create a new project: File -> New -> project.
  • Open the project Properties panel (right-click and chose 'Properties'). 
  • Select ActionScriptCompiler from the list on the left.
  • Add "-swf-version=27" to the 'Additional compiler arguments' field.
    • This ensures the outputted SWF targets SWF version 27.  If you compile on the command-line and not in Flash Builder, you need to add the same compiler argument.
  • Ensure you have installed the new Flash Player 14 build in your browser.

Authoring for AIR 16 Update to the AIR 16 namespace

You must update your application descriptor file to the 16 namespace in order to access the new AIR 16 APIs and behavior. If your application does not require the new AIR 16 APIs and behavior, you are not required to update the namespace. However, we recommend all users start using the AIR 16 namespace even if you are not yet taking advantage of the new 16 capabilities. To update the namespace, change the xmlns attribute in your application descriptor to: <application xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/air/application/16.0">

Reporting a Bug

Found a bug? Please submit a bug to the Flash Player and Adobe AIR bug database.

Flash Player and AIR may leverage your graphics hardware to decode and play H.264 video. There may be video issues that can only be reproduced with your particular graphics hardware and driver. When reporting an issue involving video, it is essential to note your graphics hardware and driver, along with your operating system and browser (when using Flash Player), so that we can reproduce and investigate issues. Please be sure to include this information as described in Instructions for Reporting Video Playback Issues. Note: Due to the high volume of email we receive, we are unable to respond to every request.

Thank you for using Adobe® Flash Player® and AIR® and for taking the time to send us your feedback!

System Requirements

For the latest Flash Player system requirements please review the document here

For the latest AIR system requirements please review the document here 

Runtime Version(s) History

Release Date Runtime Version Security Enhancements
February 12, 2015 AIR Desktop Runtime (Win) 16.0.0.273
AIR SDK (Win & Mac) 16.0.0.292
 
February 5, 2015 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 16.0.0.305
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.442
Flash Player ESR (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.269
APSB15-04
January 27, 2015 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 16.0.0.296
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.440
Flash Player ESR (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.264
APSB15-03
January 22, 2015 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 16.0.0.287
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.438
Flash Player ESR (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.262
APSB15-02
Janurary 13, 2015 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 16.0.0.257
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.429
Flash Player ESR (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.260
AIR Android 16.0.0.272
AIR Desktop Runtime 16.0.0.245
AIR SDK 16.0.0.272
APSB15-01
December 9th, 2014 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 16.0.0.235
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.425
Flash Player ESR (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.259
APSB14-27
December 9th, 2014 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 15.0.0.246 APSB14-27
November 11th, 2014 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 15.0.0.223
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.418
Flash Player ESR (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.252
AIR Android 15.0.0.356
AIR Desktop & SDK 15.0.0.356
APSB14-24
September 23rd, 2014 Flash Player (Windows ActiveX) 15.0.0.167 APSB14-22
September 9th, 2014 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 15.0.0.152
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.406
Flash Player ESR (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.244
AIR Android 15.0.0.252
AIR Desktop & SDK 15.0.0.249
APSB14-21
August 12th, 2014 Flash Player (ActiveX, Mac NPAPI) 14.0.0.176
Flash Player (Win NPAPI) 14.0.0.179
Flash Player (PPAPI) 14.0.0.177
AIR Android 14.0.0.179
AIR Desktop & SDK 14.0.0.178
APSB14-18
July 8th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 14.0.0.145
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.394
Flash Player ESR (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.231
AIR (SDK & Android Runtime) 14.0.0.137
APSB14-17
June 10th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 14.0.0.125
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.378
Flash Player ESR (Mac & Win) 13.0.0.223
AIR (SDK & Runtme) 14.0.0.110
APSB14-16
May 13th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.214
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.359
Flash Player Enterprise (Mac & Win) 13.0.0.214
AIR (SDK & Runtme) 13.0.0.111
APSB14-14
April 28th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.206
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.356
Flash Player Enterprise (Mac & Win) 11.7.700.279
APSB14-13
April 16th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Mac) 13.0.0.201  
April 8th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 13.0.0.182
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.350
Flash Player Enterprise (Mac & Win) 11.7.700.275
AIR (SDK & Android) 13.0.0.83
APSB14-08
March 11th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 12.0.0.77
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.346
Flash Player Enterprise (Mac & Win) 11.7.700.272
AIR (SDK & Android) 4.0.0.1628
APSB14-08
February 20th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 12.0.0.70
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.341
Flash Player Enterprise (Mac & Win) 11.7.700.269
AIR (SDK & Android) 4.0.0.1628
APSB14-07
February 4th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 12.0.0.44
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.336
Flash Player Enterprise (Mac & Win) 11.7.700.261
APSB14-04
January 14th, 2014 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 12.0.0.38
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.335
Flash Player Enterprise (Mac & Win) 11.7.700.260
AIR (Win, Mac, iOS, & Android) 4.0.0.1390
APSB14-02
December 10th, 2013 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 11.9.900.170
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.332
Flash Player Enterprise (Mac & Win) 11.7.700.257
AIR (Win, Mac, iOS, & Android) 3.9.0.1380
APSB13-28
November 12th, 2013 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 11.9.900.152
Flash Player Desktop (Linux) 11.2.202.327
Flash Player Enterprise (Mac & Win) 11.7.700.252
AIR (Win, Mac, iOS, & Android) 3.9.0.1210
APSB13-26
October 8th, 2013 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac) 11.9.900.117
Flash Player Desktop (Linux)11.2.202.310
Flash Player Enterprise 11.7 (Mac and Win)11.7.700.242
AIR Desktop (Win & Mac) 3.9.0.1030
AIR Android 3.9.0.1060
AIR SDK & Compiler(Win & Mac) 3.9.0.1030
AIR SDK(Win & Mac) 3.9.0.1030
-
September 19th, 2013 Flash Player Desktop (Windows ActiveX): 11.8.800.175 -
September 13th, 2013 Flash Player Desktop (Windows ActiveX): 11.8.800.174 -
September 10th, 2013 Flash Player Desktop (Win & Mac): 11.8.800.168
Flash Player Desktop (Linux): 11.2.202.310
Flash Player Android (ICS): 11.1.115.81
Flash Player Android (Pre-ICS): 11.1.111.73
Flash Player Desktop (Chrome): 11.8.800.170
Flash Player Enterprise 11.7 (Mac & Win): 11.7.700.242
AIR Runtime and SDK (All Platforms): 3.8.0.1430
APSB13-21

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