We all endure software that seems to grow worse with each upgrade; for me, that includes Ubuntu, the Weather Channel App, and Flash. I try clinging to the “oldies but goodies” for as long as I can (for example, I use my 9.10 Ubuntu VM far more than my 11.04 one), but forced upgrades are usually inevitable. Flash is one very necessary evil that must be kept current: it’s either upgrade or stop using some sites.
After a brief period of continually-improving releases, Flash is giving me fits again, at least with the 10.3 version. I’m again getting bizarre behavior with sites like Nike+, requiring periodic work-arounds. One often effective fix for Flash problems is to clear its cache. Fortunately, that’s a quick process:
- Open the Flash Settings Panel by hitting this URL: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html.
- Scroll through the Websites list to locate and select the site with “issues.”
- Click Delete Website.
This often clears things up.
This handy URL shows the installed flash version.