There have been numerous reports about how Steve Jobs will not allow Flash on Apple iOS devices, and, as we know, outrage has ensued. The basic reason that has been set forth by Apple for not implementing Flash on their iOS devices in the lack of support for compatibility between it and OSX. Lets face it, Adobe is more concerned about how their products, especially Flash operates on the Windows platform than it does on Mac.
This weekend I experienced this lack of support from Adobe first hand. On the surface Adobe Flash 10.1 works perfectly well when watching Flash based videos. The problem arises when one attempts to stream live video on a Flash based website such as Stickam.com, BlogTv.com or UStream. When some users attempt to access the iSight camera from these sights with a combination of OSX 10.6.5 and Adobe Flash 10.1, a variety of things happen, none of which is streaming video.
Sometimes the iSight camera will not activate, other times the camera activates but no audio or video is transferred, and there are instances when the audio works but not video. The current version of Flash for Mac is 10.1 with a Beta of 10.2 now available and neither of them worked with streaming video websites. Needless to say this was a surprise considering all this worked about a month ago. After perusing the forums from multiple sights, and performing numerous troubleshooting steps to no avail, I finally stumbled across the solution.
What worked for me was completely uninstalling Adobe Flash player with the uninstall utility, then downloading Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45 from the Adobe archives and reinstalling. Now, I’m not saying that this is the only fix for the problem I was facing or that you will have the same problem with Flash 10.1 and OSX 10.6.5, but I do know the forums are littered with people having this problem. This is what worked for me and I hope it helps you out in the event you have the same issues.
Apparently Adobe knows about the little bug with Flash Player 10.1 and OSX 10.6.5 yet not much is being said about it nor has a patch come down the road to remedy the situation. With this lack of support for the OSX platform I can honestly understand why Apple has been hesitant to allow Flash on their mobile devices. I don’t know if it’s stubbornness on the part of Apple or it’s their commitment to quality for their customers. The fact is once Adobe Flash is implemented on Apple iOS devices, Apple loses control over all software aspects and that just isn’t their modus operandi.