Here is an up-to-date list of information and advice regarding Flash Player use in 2021.
When is the Flash Player end-of-life (EOL)?
Flash Player end-of-life (EOL) was 31/12/20. This means Adobe will no longer be issuing updates or security patches for the plugin after this date.
Why is Flash Player ending?
In short, it is out-of-date. There are more popular and efficient options available, for example open standards such as HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly that web browser vendors are integrating into their browsers (more info here).
What will happen?
Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning 12 January 2021 to help secure users’ systems, or in Adobe’s words, ‘a built-in time bomb from versions newer than 18.104.22.1681 will display a static icon with an information page link starting on January 12, 2021’.
Clarity and Flash
What does this mean for my programs?
Clear Pronunciation 2 is the last ClarityEnglish program to be upgraded to HTML5. Its release date is set for the end of March 2021.
English for Hotel Staff, Customer Service Communication Skills and a number of other programs are not going to be upgraded, or have no dates set for publication. MyCanada from NAS is under review and a release date for a new version is pending. If you have a subscription to these programs, please see the advice below on how you can run these Flash-based programs in the coming months.
Options for continuing to use Flash-based programs
Running network versions
If you have purchased ClarityEnglish programs to run locally on a network, you will need to find a browser that can run Flash. Then, all your computers can keep running the programs when they connect to your local server. Some notes are given below on how you might be able to do this.
Running Flash online / in-browser
The first option for continuing to use Flash is to use Internet Explorer. This browser is already obsolete and it seems that Microsoft and Adobe are accepting that it can be used to run Flash, perhaps until May 2021. It is not yet known if this is fact or rumour.
The second option is to use Microsoft Edge, running an IE mode through it’s Enterprise Mode Site List.
If you have any further questions, please get in touch with your distributor or our support team at email@example.com
This post will continue to be updated over time. The next update will be on 14 Jan 2021.
(Last updated 11 Jan 2021).