Flash player no longer supported, what happens to media9 and Skim?

Thomas Schneider schneidt at mail.nih.gov
Sun Aug 2 00:46:28 CEST 2020


Thanks for the detailed response about Flash history.

> Tom, it's a pity that you relied on Adobe Flash too much in the past.

I didn't.  I have been interested in putting a small video into one of
my PowerDot slides.  I finally stumbled across movie15 in TeXLive
files and from there learned about media9 - and realized that it was
not going to work in the future.

So I'm not in trouble - I never used a movie in my slides - but
everybody who uses PowerDot with movies is probably in trouble unless
HTML5 (or something else) can be somehow used to replace Flash.

According to https://ctan.org/pkg/media9 the author of media9 is
Alexander Grahn; they were active on github only 3 weeks ago ...
The readme there
> This package is based on the RichMedia Annotation, an Adobe addition to
> the PDF specification. It replaces the now obsolete `movie15' package.
> * Note that Adobe Reader for Linux has dropped Flash support since
> * version 9.4.2.

So maybe it's ok, media9 will work after Flash is gone?


  Thomas D. Schneider, Ph.D.
  Senior Investigator
  National Institutes of Health
  National Cancer Institute
  Center for Cancer Research
  RNA Biology Laboratory
  Biological Information Theory Group
  Frederick, Maryland  21702-1201
  schneidt at mail.nih.gov

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