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Adobe Flash is a proprietary application development platform developed by Adobe Systems. The primary focus of the Flash platform is the creation of Rich Internet applications (RIA), which combine graphics, animation, video and sound for an enhanced Web user experience.
The Adobe Flash platform is comprised of several different technologies, including:
Adobe Flash has enthusiastic supporters and critics. On the positive side, developers have used the platform to produce amazing animations that enhance Web surfing. Detractors, however, have noted negative Flash aspects, including the following:
Most browsers provide the option to disable the Flash Player plug-in.
Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple, was famously averse to Flash and did not support it in the iOS (mobile) version of the Apple Safari browser.