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I just launched a quick 5 minute project:


As a developer, I get this question from clients all the time, so I thought it time to create a simple service where I could send them to check.

In the future I'd like to have the site automatically test to see if the version reported from SWFObject is the same as the latest version, and if not, provide a link (or better yet, Express Install) to the latest version. However, I'd prefer to not have to keep the latest version number updated by hand, so if anyone knows where I can find an official data feed (RSS, a simple text file, etc) of the latest general public release version, please post in the comments.


Luke said,

July 6, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

How about: http://www.playerversion.com/

Jon MacDonald said,

July 6, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

Nice! Thanks.

Should have known Aral would beat me to the punch on something like this! It is good not to have too many technical details on a client-facing version, though, so not all is lost!

cosmin said,

July 7, 2008 @ 12:10 am


I was thinking about this kind of utility the other day.
With the latest avalanche of major and minor versions there are some nice features but you ‘re sure to get them only if you have the latest player.
So how about telling the user more about his flash player capabilities. Like if the one he/she has supports bitmap data, or HD video or the new sound features.

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