Ways that You can still use Flash Files


>> Problem #1:
This page began when trying to find Flash capable browsers for my sites and for my amp repair tutorial. As you know, Flash has been blocked by most modern browsers since mid January 2021. It's difficult to find new browsers that support flash because so many are based on just a handful of browser engines (Blink, Webkit, Trident...) and when those base engines eliminate a feature, it won't be available in the 'wrappers' that are known by other names. Below, you'll find some exceptions that will allow you to use Flash content.

If you still want to use Flash online, you have the Ruffle browser extension. It's not perfect but it works fairly well... but the Flash applets/demos will work more smoothly (as they were designed to do) with a solution that involves the use of a genuine Flash Player (options below). The problem with Ruffle (for me) is that it won't work offline (working with files from your computer's hard drive). Test Ruffle on some of the following sites to see how it works for you.

The Chrome Browser:
Most people are using Chrome as their main (only?) browser. If you visit any of my sites using the latest version of Chrome (with the Ruffle extension, because Chrome now blocks Flash), there is sometimes an option to open a Flash file in a new window, a window that you would maximize to see the fine details more easily. When you select the 'new window' option, Chrome asks you if you want to keep/save the Flash file. If you save it, it may not open if you don't have the stand-alone Flash Player installed. The saved Flash files that you open should function perfectly with the Flash Player (better than in Ruffle). The following stand-alone Flash Player file is what you need:

32_0_r0_371/flashplayer32_0r0_371_win_sa.exe

>> Problem #2:
The second problem is finding a solution to allow the use of Flash content offline. To work offline, where Ruffle won't work, you need to have the Flash Players installed. With Win7, that's no problem. With Win10, it should be easy but that's not always the case. Some of the following solutions need the Flash Players installed into your computer and some have them on-board.

Chrome Alternative:
Chromium is the base of Chrome. Think of it this way. Chromium is the Christmas tree. Chrome is the Christmas tree after it's been fully decorated. There is a ChromiumPortable_61.0.3153.0 browser that's available. It's an earlier version that doesn't block Flash files but requires that you install the same Flash Player as Maxthon6 uses (upcoming on this page). If you can install that player in Windows, this browser will work much like Chrome did before they killed Flash. The Chromium portable browser doesn't work with Ruffle.

The Browsers on this Page can be Downloaded from the Following Folder:
http://www.bcae1.com/fdltestfiles/!browsers/

Using Flash OFFline:
The following internet browsers options can be used online as long as you're aware that their security protocols will not be up to date. For those who want to use Flash files offline (for the amplifier repair tutorial I sell or for games), the following applies.

Win10 vs Win7:
I don't use Windows 10 because Win7 still works perfectly for me. For that reason, some of the Win10 information may not be 100% accurate.

If you have a version of Win 10 that will allow you to install the Flash Players, any of the browsers on this page should (except new versions of Chrome, without Ruffle) should display Flash as they did before the ban... but please note that the Flash Player has to be version flashplayer32_0r0_371 or before (nothing beyond 371). The later version have an inbuilt timebomb (courtesy of Adobe) that prevents it from working beyond the EOL (End Of Life) date of 1-12-2021. See NOTE.

The entire package of 32.0.0.371 flash player files can be downloaded below. It's about 400MB but it's worth having if you want to use Flash.
fp_32.0.0.371_archive

Security:
Safari 5.1.7, Maxthon3 3.5.2.1000 and Maxthon4 4.9.5.1000 are older browsers that will not be entirely secure on risky sites. These solutions are to view the content that I've produced both online and off. You can expect to get infected with a computer virus or suffer some other sort of attack on any sites where you are trying to get something for free that's not supposed to be free. I'd also suggest doing a search for the best anti-virus software and installing that.

Again, the Browsers on this Page can be Downloaded from the Following Folder:
http://www.bcae1.com/fdltestfiles/!browsers/

The 7z file is a zipped version of a portable file.

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More information on PORTABLE BROWSERS if you don't know what they are

Standard Software:
When you install normal software onto your computer, it's generally integrated into the operating system (Windows-whatever). This often results in bits of it being dropped into hundreds? thousands? of locations. Portable software is typically self-contained. It may use files stored on your computer but it's not distributed widely into locations other than the folder that's created when it's unzipped. Using portable software means that you can use a familiar software of YOUR preferences without affecting another computer.

Portable Software:
Portable internet browsers can be loaded onto a flash drive (or any storage media) that you can carry with you to use at home or work.. wherever. Most browsers rely on files on the computer that's being used. This is true for some portable browsers as well. For this use, the files that we're concerned with, are the Flash Player files. These can be seen if you go into the CONTROL PANEL >> PROGRAMS AND FEATURES). See NOTE.

Microsoft and Adobe (your nannies):
In Win10, from what I've been told, Microsoft has prevented the Flash Player files from being installed into the operating system (even the pre 371 versions). Win7 doesn't have this limitation inbuilt. I'm not sure about Win8/8.1. Not being able to load the Flash Players means that browsers (standard and some portable) can't display Flash graphics. You need a fully self-contained browser without the Flash Players installed.

Maxthon3, Maxthon4 and FlashBrowser appear to be the only browsers with their own on-board Flash Player drivers (actually a .dll file). They can be used as normal (integrated into your computer's OS) or portable browsers. Since these browsers have Flash software built into the files, you don't have to worry about having the files on the computer that you use them on. This is especially important for the portable version that you take with you.

Email me (under banner at the top of the page) if you know of any other self-contained browsers that don't need the Flash Players to be installed onto the computer that's being used.

Finding the .exe File:
When Maxthon portable browsers are unzipped, you will need to open the Maxthon.exe file and create a shortcut to it, pin it to the taskbar or to the start menu. In my situation the file is here:

E:\maxthon_portable_4.9.5.1000\MaxthonPortable\BIN\Maxthon.exe

and here

E:\maxthon_portable_5.3.8.2000\MaxthonPortable\BIN\Maxthon.exe

It will be somewhat different on your computer but you can see that it's in the BIN folder. Knowing that makes it a bit easier to find.

Flash Player Versions:
The original Flash Player in 4.9.5 was v18. It generally worked well but sometimes had a long lag. THIS site has newer DLL files for the pepflashplayer. I've tried up to 24.0.0.170. It appears to be a bit better. If you update the file, make a new folder in the plugins folder and drag the original flash DLL into it. Then copy and paste the new unzipped DLL file into the plugins folder (example below for the portable version).

maxthon_portable_4.9.5.1000\MaxthonPortable\Core\Blink\plugins