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Flash Market Penetration - by version?

     
11:54 pm on Jun 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone provide figures on the market penetration of various versions of Flash?

Even though the overall figure for Flash is probably in the high 90's, I really need to know how advanced we can go with Flash features before we start losing people by requiring them to upgrade.

12:17 am on June 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The last three versions were Flash 4, Flash 5 & Flash MX, right? I'd tend to stick with Flash 4 features, myself. Very similar to Acrobat: You get the plugin somewhere and then totally forget about it... until you're told to upgrade by a site.

Is your Flash content presented as necessary enough to justify the time spent to download? Do you want to take the risk?

Don't know any hard figures though.

12:52 am on June 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Tedster, as I understand it flash is backwards compatible so the version doesn't matter, unless the market doesn't want to wait the 30 seconds for the new plugin.

Browser, compatibility 98.5% last I read.

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1:41 am on June 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Have you seen this?

[macromedia.com...]

or this?

[intersight.ws...]

I can confirm on my sites that less than 7% need a flash plugin for version 5. Im in the US.

4:39 pm on June 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks all. That gives us exactly what we need...especially the Macromedia link in Korkus' post.

So, it looks like Flash 5 features are relatively safe. However, this team wanted to go with Flash 6, and the content they are developing is important to their business mission. Looks like they'll need to accept a limitation.