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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 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:
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.

Uninstallation

Please uninstall any previous versions of Flash Player before installing this prerelease build.
To revert to the shipping version of Flash Player, follow the instructions below, then install the shipping version of Flash Player.

Windows

  1. Download the Flash Player beta uninstaller for Windows
  2. Go to your download folder.
  3. Find the uninstaller file, double-click it and follow the prompts.

Macintosh

  1. Download the Flash Player beta uninstaller for Mac OS X
  2. Go to your download folder.
  3. Find the uninstaller file, double-click it and follow the prompts.

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

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