8 Replies Latest reply on Jun 12, 2014 7:59 PM by BassmanMT

    Flash for HD+ using free B&N plug in (New 2013 info)

    BassmanMT

      Elsewhere on these forums, this issue has some long and confusing topics with interesting debates but not a lot of specific info in one place. I have learned from the posts here and thank all contributors on all topics I have read. Let me reciprocate and provide some updated info in one place:

       

      Flash is an Adobe programming tool for encoding and playback and displaying animated and video content in web pages. The newer websites should be coding in "html5" but there never has been a lot of success forcing protocols on anyone for the Web or for games. 

       

      The HD+ built in browser default, when you use the Web icon, was changed from the Android "native" browser to Chrome, Spring 2013. The Android browser used a flash "plug in" you still had to add, so unless you got that before Chrome, you won't have Flash on the HD+. Chrome doesn't support Flash, anyway.

       

      Unless you want to get into the "sideloading apps" functionality, then you can install any of the browsers that provide Flash support via their own encoding-decoding. They process it on their server so your device doesn't do the processing. Examples: Dolphin and Puffin. You also can install a "local Flash app" that makes your locally stored Flash Games work, but that won't be used for websites.

       

      Flash is no longer supported by Adobe for Android, that is why it is so hard to find. For a true Android device, you can install "free range" apps to access Flash from the Adobe archives, but the Nooks don't allow for this.

       

      I have installed 6 browser apps and the "Browser Switch" program, so that I can compare as I surf, and one url can be passed to another browser when surfing on Chrome and hitting a page that Chrome won't handle for me. I installed Puffin Free (with a count down of free Flash days) and just last week was thinking I might pay for the real version. Then the Free Friday Puffin App appeared, so I got it.

       

      They all handle Flash differently. Puffin Flash loads ads as soon as I browse to a page with ads (and gets stuck and keeps looping at times...), but Dolphin doesn't do that, for instance. Puffin has choppy playback but I can pass the same url to another browser and it plays fine. Maxthon and Photon are two other browsers I have been trading out using. I really like Firefox, as it allows you to save a webpage as a pdf, but it needed a Flash add in (plug in).

       

      I have been reading and rereading these topics since I got the HD+ during the June sale, and I finally came across a post with this link to the Browser Flash Plug In from B&N:

      http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/browser-plugin-barnes-and-noble/1113914386?ean=2940043651563

       

      It can't be found by searching; you have to use that link.

       

      It is free. Once you buy it, it appears in your Library under Apps. Tap it there, to download and install it. Open it and check your settings. Open your browsers and check for settings for plug ins or add ons, but for a browser that has "enable Flash" as its own feature, you should be able to leave that off, as you should see Flash-enabled content with either a "click here to enable plug in" displayed on the web page, or it should just run when you open a web page that requires it.

       

      Then, using your HD+ web browser for this topic, go to these links:

       

      http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

       

      http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html

       

      http://www.adobe.com/swf/software/flash/about/flashAbout_info_small.swf

       

      Those are different tester pages. If you really are geeky, go here:

       

      http://flashtester.org/

        • Re: Flash for HD+ using free B&N plug in (New 2013 info)
          bru20

          So your browser of choice is Firefox with the B&N plug in?

           

          What about those of us who did get Flash installed from Adobe (very easy)? Which browser should we use?

           

          Frankly it would be great if we could just have the native Android browser.  I haven't figured out how to sideload it.

            • Re: Flash for HD+ using free B&N plug in (New 2013 info)
              Swedereades
              My browser of choice for Flash content is also Firefox. I don't have the BN Flash. I have enabled sideloading on my HD/HD+ and loaded Flash from Adobe's archived player page. Puffing lags way too much to be useful for the streaming racing I want to watch.
                • Re: Flash for HD+ using free B&N plug in (New 2013 info)
                  bru20

                  Swedereades wrote:
                  My browser of choice for Flash content is also Firefox. I don't have the BN Flash. I have enabled sideloading on my HD/HD+ and loaded Flash from Adobe's archived player page. Puffing lags way too much to be useful for the streaming racing I want to watch.

                  Any special settings that need to be enabled on Firefox or as long as you have Flash (from Adobe) installed you are good to go? 

                  How about any of the other browsers?  I'm a bit unclear if having (real) Flash installed is enough or do you have to enable something on the browser too.

              • Re: Flash for HD+ using free B&N plug in (New 2013 info)
                @BassmanMT...Using your post I'm using Browser Switch and Firefox. Working like a dream. Thanks so much. (Why couldn't B&N do this for us?)
                  • Re: Flash for HD+ using free B&N plug in (New 2013 info)
                    BassmanMT
                    Glad to help. Many posts on these forums have been useful for me as we still have N1Es in the family. Last week when my HD+ froze at 99% loading, the reset put me all the way back to the original browser which I had never seen. By bringing in the flash plug in from your BN account, I realize that means you will always get it back. I recently started using the Wondershare player someone recommended, for downloading a UK TV show I like, to watch offline, and it might have updated the flash. I haven't looked into the versions, yet.
                  • Re: Flash for HD+ using free B&N plug in (New 2013 info)

                    Thank you for an excellent answer and links to the B&N app.  Once I installed the app and downloaded Firefox flash worked.  The Firefox Beta seems to be alot smoother.

                    • Flash is there, but not enabled?

                      I followed the instructions but it did not work. I'm using the Chrome browser that came installed on the HD+ Nook. According to Adobe, Flash is directly integrated with Chrome and automatically enabled, so I don't know why Iit's not operational or why I'd need a browser plug-in unless that's some weird Nook thing.

                       

                      I downloaded the BN  browser plugin app and installed it because I kept getting messages that I didnt' have Flash on my Nook. When I opened the pluging to check the settings, all I got was a totally black page: https://settings.adobe.com/flashplayer/mobile was the address.

                       

                      So I went to Adobe's helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html page. It said I had Flash installed on Chrome but it wasn't enabled. So then I followed Adobe's instructions and I went to chrome:smileytongue:lugins, but was told that page didn't exist.

                       

                      So then I followed the Chrome instructions and I went to the Chrome settings, to Advanced Settings, to Privacy, to Content Settings, and when I got there, there was no Plugins section (as there should have been) where I could pick Run Automatically or Click to Play.

                       

                      I'm not sure what's wrong. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks much!