Adobe recently unveiled Flash Player 10.1. According to Adobe, Flash Player 10.1 "realizes the promise of a consistent, cross-platform runtime across desktop and mobile devices." Nice!
Many people, excited to play with the pre-release of Flash Player 10.1, went right to Adobe Labs, downloaded and then installed the software--on their production machines. Of course, if you were among those people who installed Flash Player 10.1, you are now noticing that your beloved Captivate is no longer working. In fact, here are a few of the posts I saw on the Adobe Captivate forum (does any of the following sound like you???):
"I just put together a new laptop, and installed all the normal programs/drivers (Flash Player, Adobe Reader, etc). I installed Flash Player 10.1 and received the confirmation "Congratulations you now have the latest..." I installed Adobe Captivate 4, the Trial Version. This is not my first attempt at installing/un-installing/re-installing both Captivate 4 and Flash Player 10 on this computer. I'm on my fourth attempt at reinstalling both programs. I am running Vista Ultimate x86. This computer meets all system requirements by Adobe Captivate 4. Is this a problem with Captivate, Flash Player, or (doubtful) my computer?"
"I uninstalled Flash player 10 on my laptop and installed Flash Player 10.1. Now Adobe Captivate doesn't start! I received a message that the Flash Player for IE is not installed and I'm redirected to Adobe's web site to install Flash Player 10."
If you are like the unfortunate developers above, or know someone who installed Flash Player 10.1, it might be a good idea to know how to both remove Flash Player 10.1 and go back to an earlier version of the player (one that will work with Captivate). Here is an article that will walk you through the process of removing Flash Player 10.1 from your computer. And here is a Web site offering links to older versions of the Flash Player.
Let that be a warning to all you "betaiacs" out there! Beta software is cool, but there is always the chance the beta software can tear up your system!
P.S. Did I date myself with the Will Robinson reference? For you young-ones, the "Warning Will Robinson" is from the old (Did I say old??? I mean not so new!) television show Lost In Space. Never seen it? Don't say I never give you anything.
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