Adobe Flash Player 18 has been released and is available for download and testing. The new release has been codenamed Presidio. The new Flash Player 18 includes enhancements and bug fixes related to performance, security, stability and device compatibility. The fixes are for both Flash Player 18 and Adobe Air 18.
Flash Player 18 is in beta at the time of this writing. The latest final stable version of of Flash is Flash Player 17. Normally if you have Flash Player installed on your computer, the new updates will be downloaded and installed automatically but this is not the case with the beta version. If you want to test the latest version of Flash Player, you will need to download and install it yourself instead of using the updater function of the utility.
There are a few enhancements and new features included in Flash Player 17 which we will discuss later in this article but first here are the direct download links to the Flash Player 17 offline installers:
Download Flash Player 18 for Internet Explorer Windows EXE installer
Download Flash Player 18 for Firefox based Browsers (Windows EXE installer)
Download Flash Player 18 for Chrome based Browsers (Windows EXE installer)
Download Flash Player 18 for Safari and Firefox based Browsers (Mac OS X DMG installer)
Download Flash Player 18 for Chrome based Browsers (Mac OS X DMG installer)
Download Flash Player 18 stand alone installer for Windows 32-bit
Download Flash Player 18 stand alone installer for Mac 32-bit
The direct download links have been removed on Adobe’s request. If you are on the same system on which you want to install Flash Player, you may directly click on the following link to get the latest Flash Player installer.
Please note that these installers are not compatible with Windows 8. If you are a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 user, you will have a custom build of Flash Player which will be updated with Windows Update. But if you are using a third party browser like Firefox or Google Chrome, you may install the appropriate Flash Player installers on your system.
Features and enhancements
Let’s go through some of the features and enhancements made in Flash Player 18.
VideoTexture for Android is supported which will help developers with easier code implementation and faster videos on Android devices
Flash Player install process has been improved. Now there are very less cases where Flash will ask the user to shutdown the currently running browsers in order to install properly
Audio APIs have been added to Flash Player NPAPI
Browser Zoom Factor for PPAPI Plugin and non-Win 8x ActiveX has been introduced in this release. This will enable Flash videos to be zoomed in and out in the browser
Fixed Issues in Flash Player 18
Some issues have been fixes from Flash Player 17. Here’s the list:
Corrects an injection in 220.127.116.11 that causes improperly encoded Nellymoser streams to play back at a fast rate (3970536)
Mac 10.6.8 – Corrects an issue where keystrokes were not received when the input language was CHT (Canjie, New Quick, Phonetic)
Mac, Safari – Corrects an injection in 18.104.22.1685 that caused a hang on some content (3955834) (AAPL 20218614)
Windows 8.1, Firefox Nightly – Right-clicking on JWPlayer videos no longer causes Flash Player to hang (3835579)
PPAPI Linux – Resolves rendering problems with Stage3D/StageVideo content with several Stage3D/StageVideo instances (3924242)