The latest update to Reader and Acrobat products include several critical security flaw updates. It is crucial for users to install the latest release. The company states that the Flash Components will no longer be used in its Acrobat DC desktop app. The earlier version of Acrobat DC had an option and button to collect repossess from a forms file that relied on Flash.
Flash components were used for Update, Filter, Export and Archive. The company said that the Flash dependent forms options have now been replaced with a ‘secondary toolbar’ that contains action buttons to update, add, delete, export, and archive.
The PDFMaker menu will no longer have the insert media button, which earlier allowed Office Users to embed Flash content in the document. The official note reads, “By default, Microsoft has disabled the ability to add Flash or Rich media content in the Office documents. If your document already has flash content embedded in it, Acrobat prevents embedding of Flash or Rich media in the converted PDF file and adds an image instead. If you have enabled the Flash content in Microsoft documents, Acrobat adds a blank box in the converted PDF file.”
The removal of Flash is part of the industry-wide effort. The Flash components were known for vulnerabilities. Companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Mozilla have already announced ending support for Flash by December 2020.
Microsoft has removed Flash from its update of Windows OS. The Flash-killing update will let admins test the impact of no Flash on business and productivity softwares.