OS X Lion update kills Flash Player hardware acceleration and more

Jul 21, 2011
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If you ran out and updated to Lion yesterday on your Mac you may be finding that a few things don't work like they did on Snow Leopard. Apparently, the update has disabled some of the features that Adobe Player had before like hardware acceleration. That loss will be noticed by Mac fans that try to play Flash content.

The battle between Apple and Adobe is long running and legendary. Apple is seemingly out to kill Flash in favor of more open standards and Adobe is out to take all it can from Apple. The last bit of fisticuffs between the two companies saw Adobe offering a discount for people to change from Final Cut Pro X to its Mac apps. Flash Player wasn’t the only Adobe product affected in the update though.

Lion also messed with Fireworks, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. Adobe is saying that it is looking into supporting some Lion specific features in its Mac software like restore, autosave, versioning, full screen mode, and supporting multitouch gestures. Lion doesn’t have tech that is considered legacy by Apple including Java runtime and Flash Player, both have to be installed manually.

[via 9to5Mac]


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