Archive for September, 2007

Flash Player Administration Guide for IT admins

Someone asked in comments if we had a document like this ( for Flash Player.

Why, yes we do!

The Flash Player Administration Guide went live August 27th. It covers the environment, installation, admin settings, user settings, and security considerations. Please send feedback!

Flash Player 9 @ 93.3% in September penetration study

The September stats are now up on Thanks to Millward-Brown and our web team for giving us a quick turnaround so we could get these live before Adobe MAX.

The first row is how we present the data on the website. It tells you the percentage of people that can view a SWF of that version. The second row, is the % of the population with that player version installed (the delta between v and v+1).

September 2007 – Mature Markets v6 v7 v8 v9
% able to view content by SWF version 99.1% 99.1% 98.4% 93.3%
Install base by version 0.0%* 0.7% 5.1% 93.3%

* Looks like people finally retired their old machines and are upgrading to more current hardware 🙂

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Making it official: the next major release of Flash Player is codenamed “Astro”

In the category of “better late than never,” JD stopped by the other day to tell me that Ted Patrick debuted the codename of the next major release of Flash Player on his blog. And that I had left Ted hanging by not providing a solid, reference-able source for that detail out on the web.

“Good point”, I said. Then promptly forgot to deal with it in the flurry of the standard daily Flash Player activities. Since the community is eager to see what we will show at MAX, and is already starting to talk about it, I wanted to make sure that I publicly confirmed that the codename is Astro.

We’ve obviously been hard at work since Flash Player 9 released in June 2006 (seems soooooo long ago). Tamarin was open sourced in November, the Linux player was released in January. We added support for Intel Macs and Vista. We rolled out full screen mode. And of course, the latest Flash Player 9 “Moviestar” beta has delivered H.264 and AAC support, along with performance enhancements and other useful bits. All these things make the time fly by.

But now it’s time to start focusing on life after “Moviestar,” and we have more bunnies to pull out of our hats. Our platform has been behind some of the most creative content on the web since Flash first hit the web over ten years ago, and we intend to continue delivering the capabilities you need to deliver on the fresh, innovative, and mind-blowing ideas that you all have floating around in your heads. More on that…at Adobe MAX 2007. Come and check out what we’re thinking about for Astro and beyond!

Flash Player June 2007 stats live on

The June 2007 stats have been published on The September surveys should be going out soon, so hopefully we’ll have the data back in time for MAX!