Welcome to the Flash Player and AIR 17 release notes!

May 12, 2015

In today's scheduled release, we've updated Flash Player and AIR with important bug fixes and security updates.

Please note that the AIR SDK was not certified or tested against iOS or Android platforms.  We recommend that mobile developers continue to use AIR 17.0.0.144 or test against the latest AIR 18 beta available on labs.adobe.com

Current Flash Player users that have enrolled in the "Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)" or the "Notify me to install updates" update options 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.

April 14, 2015

In today's scheduled release, we've updated Flash Player and AIR with important bug fixes and security updates.

March 12, 2015

In today's scheduled release, we've updated Flash Player and AIR with new and improved functionality, important bug fixes and security updates.

 

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

May 12, 2015

AIR

  • Multiple security and functional fixes

Flash Player

  • Nellymoser video plays back at a fast rate (3970536)
  • Desktop HLS Player Throws 106000 Error after 60 seconds (3970534)
  • Content hang issues on Mac OS with Flash Player (3955834)
  • Flash Player Prompts for Updates with 'Never Check for Updates' Enabled in Flash Player Settings Manager. (3759054)
  • Multiple security and functional fixes
     

April 14, 2015

AIR

  • [iPhone 6 +] if Landscape image is not provided for iphone 6+, Stretched Portrait launch image is displayed when application is launched in landscape mode. (3945056)
  • [iPhone 6+][Upside down]: Inverted launch image is displayed, if device is kept at upsidedown position and AO is portrait and AR true. (3945046)
  • Stage alignment get distorted on returning back from Camera UI. (3946793)
  • App crashes on launch, when Permit debugging option is UNTICKED in Flash CC. ( Bug 3949916)
  • Non-compliant handling of orientation in iOS 8 root view controller. (Bug 3942292)
  • Mod (%) operator broken in interpreter mode for iOS 64 bit ( Bug 3951944)
  • [Air Desktop] Create VideoTexture when application window is not active cause video not render but sound playback (3939033)
  • Multiple security and functional fixes

Flash Player

  • [Mac][PPAPI] The update dialog's download button should work for all languages (3951736)
  • Multiple security and functional fixes
 

March 12, 2015

AIR

  • [iOS simulator] On packaging ipa for simulator with Xcode 5, “ Application architecture is not supported on ios” error message appears.
  • [iOS] App Crashes when publishing app with deployment Ad hoc + Fast packager with Feathers Button and Bitmap Fonts (Bug 3936675)
  • [iOS] Runtime Error #1074 while initializing app, if static constant is defined in Class. (Bug 3936578)
  • [Android] Cameraroll API doesn't work with Android Photos applications. ( Bug 3913530) 
  • [Android] Crash in Air for Android for Netconnection.connect() (Bug 3862022)
  • App screen does not render properly for fraction of seconds (i.e. flickers) but gradually gets rendered properly on first rotation but gradually gets rendered properly. (Bug 3929295)
  • App Crashes while pressing the backspace in Text Field. (bug 3936267)
  • When hideAneLibSymbols flag is set to "yes", ANEs that have external frameworks cause the ADT packager to fail with this error:  ld: in section __DATA,__objc_classrefs reloc 9: R_ABS reloc but no absolute symbol at target address for architecture arm64, Compilation failed while executing : ld64
  • Packaging fails with error "Unable to find llvm JNI lib in", when application is packaged with -useLegacyAOT yes option. (Bug 3932107)
  • [Android] Bold text formatting doesn't work on Android device (3682719)
  • [HMAOT] App crashes on launch when using the Parsely framework, works fine with GOAOT (3741144)
  • [Android] [Samsung-Specific] Korean characters are displayed as blank box on the TextField in Galaxy Note 2/Android 4.4/AIR 4.0 (3861607)
  • [iOS] CFBundleVersion value can't be more than 99 for iOS (3847816)
  • Application UI items are not click able after changing application rotation to landscape from portrait. (Bug 3924470)
  • Screen does not render properly when enter foreground from background. (Bug 3919996)
  • Application crashes on launch on iOS devices when packaged with WIN SDK. (Bug 3944379)
  • Banner Ads gets clipped in landscape mode with StageAd ANE. (Bug 3939855)
  • Status bar starts appearing after returning back to stage from camera roll UI for a full screen application. (Bug 3935723)
  • [iPhone Only] Keyboard changes its orientation from landscape to portrait, if user comes back to stage from camera roll UI. (Bug 3935721)
  • [Windows] After installing the latest version of iTunes 12.1.0.71. adt -devices -platform ios command cannot detect the connected ios device.  Please note that the latest AIR SDK now requires iTunes 12.1.0.71 or higher. (Bug 3933524)
  • [AIR Desktop]Adobe Air Application Crash Run Time.(3915184)
  • [AIR Desktop] Graphical Glitches when bitmap scaling property is set to some negative value and smoothing property set to true.(3938680)

Flash Player

  • CrossBridge applications break after FP version >= 16.(3938269)
  • [Chromium 394217] Wrong text displayed with embedded fonts.(3782659)
  • Multiple security and stability fixes

New Features

  • Flash Player Control Panel Improvements

The system control panel will now display the currently installed version of Flash Player's ActiveX, NPAPI, and PPAPI plugins.  We've also clarified how Chrome and Chromium (PPAPI) users can edit their Flash Player settings.

 

  • Flash Player Mac Installer Improvements

The Mac installer will no longer request users close the Chrome browser during installation.  In future versions we'll work to further improve the user experience of our installers.

 

  • ADT Packaging Time Improvement with Support for Parallel Compilation for iOS

AIR 16 introduced support for compilation and packaging of iOS applications for both 32 bit and 64 bit platforms. With this improvement, we can now compile 32 and 64 bit architecture in parallel to cut packaging times up to 50 percent.

 

  • VideoTexture Support in AIR for Windows, Mac and iOS

We've introduced a new ActionScript feature that allows hardware accelerated video to be used as a source texture in a Stage3D environment. Currently, using video with Stage3D requires the use of the Video object, which is not accelerated, and manipulation of the bitmap representations of the video frames. This new feature, called VideoTexture, allows direct access to a texture object that is sourced from a Netstream or Camera object. As of the first Flash Player 17 this feature is back and now available on AIR Mac, Windows and iOS.  Look for Android support in an upcoming release.  Please see the VideoTexture blog post for implementation details.

 

  • Stage3D - Standard Extended Profile for AIR Mobile 


In recent releases of the Runtime we've added support for Standard and Standard Constrained Stage3D profiles.  With AIR 17 we're adding a new Standard Extended Profile for iOS and Android devices that support GLES3.  Availability of the “standardExtended" profile indicates the availability of AGAL3. The same profile name can then be used in requestContext3D and requestContext3DMatchingProfiles methods of Stage3D.

The “standardExtended” profile requires OpenGL ES 3.0 which is present on many high end smartphones and tablets. AGAL3 increases register limits for vertex attributes, fragment constants and tokens. While we're focusing on mobile first, we anticipate bringing this functionality to the desktop in a future update.

To assemble the new AGAL, update AGALMiniAssembler.as (AGAL v3) from https://github.com/adobe-flash/graphicscorelib/.

AGAL table

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 17.0.0.188
Flash Player Windows for Firefox - NPAPI 17.0.0.188
Flash Player Windows for Chromium - PPAPI 17.0.0.188
Flash Player Mac for Safari and Firefox - NPAPI 17.0.0.188
Flash Player Linux for Firefox - NPAPI 11.2.202.460
Flash Player Extended Support Release 13 (Mac and Win) 13.0.0.289
Flash Player Win 8.x for Internet Explorer 17.0.0.188
Flash Player Mac for Google Chrome 17.0.0.188
Flash Player Windows for Google Chrome  17.0.0.188
Flash Player ChromeOS 17.0.0.188
Flash Player Linux for Google Chrome 17.0.0.188
AIR Desktop Win Runtime 17.0.0.172
AIR Desktop Mac Runtime 17.0.0.172
AIR Android Runtime 17.0.0.144
AIR SDK & Compiler Windows 17.0.0.172
AIR SDK & Compiler Mac 17.0.0.172
AIR SDK Windows 17.0.0.172
AIR SDK Mac 17.0.0.172

Known Issues

AIR

  • [iPhone 6 +] Inverted launch image is displayed for split sec when device kept at rotated right Landscape orientation (AspectRatio is landscape and AutoOrients is false). (3945071)
  • Keyboard Orientation did not changed from Portrait to landscape after setting stage aspect ratio to landscape and the text area moves upwards.(3948135)
  • Texture format mismatch" while uploading BitmapData to a Texture on Samsung Galaxy Tab (Bug 3959595)
  • [Android] FLV video encoded with H264 is not working with stage video, video is not getting rendered (Bug 3950740)
  • ld error “ld: in , unsupported address encoding (13) of personality function in CIE for architecture arm64Compilation failed while executing : ld64" on packaging with WIN SDK. (Bug 3950027)
  • [Air Desktop] Graphical glitches when rotating an element inside of a sprite.(3949851)
  • [Air Desktop] [Video Texture] Glitches in Video on Intel 4400 Graphics Card on Window 7.(3937062)
  • [Air Desktop] Gestures doesn't work well with StageWebView. (3806251)

Flash Player

  • [Firefox][Win8.1] Right-clicking on JWPlayer causes Firefox to hang (3835579)
  • Full Screen mode Flash freezes for a few seconds in Safari (3916445)
  • System Preferences icon is blurry on Retina displays (3977882)
  • Scrolling on high density displays fails in that child elements do not scroll at the same rate as a parent container. (3746968)

Security Enhancements

Security Bulletin Impacted Deliverables
APSB15-09 Adobe Flash Player

Authoring Guidelines

Authoring for Flash Player 17

To use the new Flash Player, you will need to target SWF version 28 by passing "-swf-version=28" as an extra compiler argument to the ASC 2.0 compiler.  Detailed directions are below.

  • Download the new playerglobal.swc for Flash Player 17
  • 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 17 SDK.  To do this, unzip the AIR 17 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=28" to the 'Additional compiler arguments' field.
    • This ensures the outputted SWF targets SWF version 28.  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 17 build in your browser.

Authoring for AIR 17 Update to the AIR 17 namespace

You must update your application descriptor file to the 17 namespace in order to access the new AIR 17 APIs and behavior. If your application does not require the new AIR 17 APIs and behavior, you are not required to update the namespace. However, we recommend all users start using the AIR 17 namespace even if you are not yet taking advantage of the new 17 capabilities. To update the namespace, change the xmlns attribute in your application descriptor to: <application xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/air/application/17.0">

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
May 12, 2015 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 17.0.0.188
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.460
Flash Player (ESR) 13.0.0.289
AIR SDK and Runtime 17.0.0.172
APSB15-09
April 14, 2015 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 17.0.0.169
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.457
Flash Player (ESR) 13.0.0.281
AIR SDK and Runtime 17.0.0.144
APSB15-06
March 12, 2015 Flash Player (Win & Mac) 17.0.0.134
Flash Player (Linux) 11.2.202.451
Flash Player (ESR) 13.0.0.277
AIR SDK and Runtime 17.0.0.124
APSB15-05
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

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