Now we know why Apple no longer bundle Flash Player with Mac OS X

Apple is shipping the latest MacBook Air without Flash Player. Most people thought the reason for the change is to save some battery life on MacBook Air. Apple officially advised that “the best way for users to always have the most up to date and secure version is to download it directly from Adobe”. Turns out that the unbundling could be security related.

As noted by Daring Fireball, the latest Mac OS X 10.6.5 released yesterday listed 134 fixes for securities vulnerabilities. 55 of those are for Flash Player alone. That is more than 40%. Apple is sure wise not to be blamed for someone else’s problem.

About the security content of Mac OS X v10.6.5 and Security Update 2010-007

Via Daring Fireball

Apple asks user to download Flash from Adobe

MacBook Air shipped without Flash plug-in installed. Looks like it will be happening for all future Macs. The official words from Apple spokesman Bill Evans is that users should get Flash directly from Adobe for the most up to date and secure version.

We’re happy to continue to support Flash on the Mac, and the best way for users to always have the most up to date and secure version is to download it directly from Adobe.

Via Engadget

Steve Jobs is right about Flash

I’m the last person on earth who wanted to believe Steve Jobs when he told Walt Mossberg at D8 that “Flash has had its day.” I took it as nothing more than showmanship when Jobs shared his thoughts on Flash and wrote that “Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices.” After spending time playing with Flash Player 10.1 on the new Droid 2, the first Android 2.2 phone to come with the player pre-installed, I’m sad to admit that Steve Jobs was right. Adobe’s offering seems like it’s too little, too late.

[Mobile Flash Fail: Weak Android Player Proves Jobs Right](http://blog.laptopmag.com/mobile-flash-fail-weak-android-player-proves-jobs-right)

Another Blow To Flash: Scribd Is Moving To HTML5 And iPad

Adobe’s Flash is getting another hit. Online document sharing site [Scribd](http://www.scribd.com/) will start to convert its tens of millions of documents from Flash to HTML5 format.

Scribd co-founder and chief technology officer Jared Friedman: “We are scrapping three years of Flash development and betting the company on HTML5 because we believe HTML5 is a dramatically better reading experience than Flash. Now any document can become a Web page.”

Scribd will start with 200,000 of the most popular documents on its site to use HTML5, with eventually all documents on Scribd will be HTML5. Good news indeed for iPad owner who now has access to one major document resource on the web. It appears that the momentum to abandon Flash in favor of HTML5 has just up a notch with this move by Scribd.

Source: [Techrunch](http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/05/scribd-html5/)

Adobe Is Moving Forward

Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch [has responded to Mr Job’s posting](http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2010/04/moving_forward.html) about Flash, and the company is moving forward with its plan to shift Flash and AIR away from iPhone/iPad. Flash Player and AIR will be in all other major mobile platforms including Google, RIM, Palm, Microsoft and Nokia.

We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice.

Earlier, in an [exclusive interview with The Wall Street Journal](http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/04/29/live-blogging-the-journals-interview-with-adobe-ceo/) responding to Jobs article, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen labeled the Flash technical problem mentioned by Jobs as “smokescreen”. The CEO suggested that Flash crash issues are more related to Mac OS X than Flash itself. Mr. Narayen says “Our view of the world is multi-platform.” and he’s for “letting customers decide,” and that the multi-platform world will “eventually prevail.”

As interesting as what the bosses say, engineers at both Apple and Adobe are making progress to make Flash a better citizen on Mac OS X. With its Mac OS X 10.6.3 release, Apple has [released a low level API interface](http://daringfireball.net/linked/2010/04/22/tn2267) to enable third party apps to take advantage of GPU decoding capability in the graphics chip. Flash on Mac OS X does not make use of GPU acceleration as with its version for Windows. Soon after, Adobe released a [preview of Flash Player update codenamed Gala](http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/gala/) that take advantages of GPU acceleration on Mac OS X. Flash will soon be no longer “CPU hog” on Mac OS X, but that is only for Mac models with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M GPUs.

“The combination of NVIDIA GPUs (GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M) with the Gala version of Flash Player enables supported Macs running the current version of OS X to deliver smooth, flicker-free HD video with substantially decreased power consumption,” Adobe wrote on its website, “Users will be able to enjoy a much smoother viewing experience when accessing rich, H.264 video content built with the Flash Platform from popular sites like Hulu.com or YouTube.”

Elsewhere on the blogsphere, there is no shortage of chip-ins to what might be a trying period for Adobe Flash technologies. TechCrunch [runs an article](http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/29/steve-jobs-apple-adobe-flash/) trying to decipher the hidden messages in Jobs’ note. Over at Masahble, there is even an [Apple or Adobe poll](http://mashable.com/2010/05/01/apple-adobe-poll/). And Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer at Microsoft, says in a blog that [the future of the web is HTML5](http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2010/04/29/html5-video.aspx), but “Flash remains an important part of delivering a good consumer experience on today’s web”.

Blocking Flash On Safari on Mac OS X

Flash is a bad idea, according to Steve and Apple. To avoid Flash from ruining your desktop experience with 100% CPU usage, you can block Flash from loading into Safari on your Mac OS X using this little [ClickToFlash](http://rentzsch.github.com/clicktoflash/) plugin.

Once installed, Flash content will not be loaded. Instead a gradient gray area will occupy the Flash content. Click on the blank area if you want to load the Flash anyway.

![Click to Flash Safari Plugin](http://sanziro.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/click-to-flash-safari-plugin.png)

You can choose to turn on or off the plugin from its settings page. To access the plugin settings, either click on the icon on the left-top corner of blank gray area or from Safari menu *Safari > ClickToFlash > Settings*.

The advantages of ClickToFlash are numerous. Since Flash isn’t loaded until you specifically ask for it, your CPU usage will stay at normal levels when browsing the web. This has tons of benefits: web browsing stays speedy, your Mac laptop won’t get as hot, and your Mac’s fan won’t come on as often. In fact, we guarantee* that ClickToFlash will quintuple your battery life and that it will protect those precious parts of your body on which you rest your laptop! (*note: not actually guaranteed)

With ClickToFlash, you can setup the plugin to load YouTube video in H.264 format instead of Flash. H.264 video perform favorably compared to Flash video in Safari.