The How to and Why of Adobe

ARGHH! Error messages on flash player or shockwave crashing all the time…. !!!

Don’t pull your hair out… you got this…


So here you are, happily clickety-clacking on the computer, watching videos or playing games… and the next thing ya know CRASH!!

you ask for help and get told to up-date your adobe….

and yes, you need to do that, but here’s the thing most people over look. You need 3 of these…


What is Adobe Reader? and why do I need it?

Adobe Reader makes it possible to share documents across a number of computers, iphones and ipads and ipods.

Adobe Reader allows computer users to open and read documents saved in the Portable Document Format (PDF).

Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat are both products of the same company. Both programs allow users to access PDF documents. However, as a free and open source program, Adobe Reader has more limited capabilities, restricted to allowing users to view documents, with limited capabilities to actually change or create documents.

Adobe Acrobat, which is a paid program, has full functionality, and allows users to manipulate, change to text file and create PDF documents. You do have a choice, but for the average user, the reader is sufficient.


What is Adobe Flash? and why do I need it?

Like Adobe Reader, Flash Player only serves to load existing content but it can’t create new files. The content Flash Player displays are animations, streaming video and audio, and interactive features used on websites. Flash is also used in online computer games and YouTube, and to embed video on Web pages.

What is Adobe Air? and do I need it?

The Adobe AIR runtime enables the developer to use HTML, JavaScript, Adobe Flash to build web applications that run as standalone client applications without the constraints of a browser. So, unless you’re a web developer, typically you don’t need it.

Word of caution, if it’s in your computer and you have no issues with video or page loads, don’t delete it. Everything works together and relies of the function of each…


What is Adobe Shockwave? and why do I need it?

Adobe Shockwave (formerly Macromedia Shockwave) is a multimedia platform used to add animation to web pages. It allows Adobe Director applications to be published on the Internet and viewed in a web browser.
Many websites use Shockwave content. If Shockwave Player is not installed on your computer then some websites will alert you to install Shockwave Player.


So hold on a sec! Before you go and download everything all at once….

This is where most installs go wrong…

Start at the top …

When updating the Reader, Flash player and Shockwave, download them, CLOSE ALL OPEN BROWSERS.

Go to your download folder (or where ever you have saved docs to go to) and install each one from there. Then open your browser.

Hold on… one more step that gets overlooked… you have to test them to make sure they installed correctly… go back to


In the search bar type in test. then test the flash player and the shockwave… if you see the animations, you’re good to go.

One thing to keep in mind when you’re downloading…


In the center box, if you DO NOT WANT the Mcafee security, uncheck the box.

I hope this helps! Come back for more tips / tricks!

Dorothy Johnston

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