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Flash CS4 Update Now Available

Adobe has just released the long-awaited update to Flash CS4. It can be downloaded here, and more details on the very large number of bugs fixed can be found on the Flash Product Manager Richard Galvan's blog post about the release.

I've been using the update for a few hours now, and it certainly makes Flash seem a bit snappier. In addition, my initial tests are showing that the OS X Spaces bug with Flash has been fixed. This was a major annoyance for me, and several other developers based upon the popularity of my blog post on the subject.

Thanks to Adobe for listening to customer feedback and working hard to get this update out as soon as possible.

Update: Based on comments below and other feedback I have received, it appears that the Flash CS4 update alone does not fix the Spaces issue for everyone. However, the combination of the latest Apple OS X 10.5.7 update (released 5/12/2009) and the Flash CS4 update seems to do the trick.

James said,

May 14, 2009 @ 3:53 am

I’m still finding problems using Flash CS4 with Spaces. When I start FLCS4 in a space, I get a blank window. No toolbars, no nothing except the title bar. Shutting it down and re-starting a few times will eventually yield the correct result.

I stopped using Spaces because of Creative Suite 4. If I’m not mistaken, FLCS4 wasn’t the only CS4 app which made spaces unuseable. They’d have to fix the entire suite for me to use it again.

James said,

May 14, 2009 @ 4:29 am

Also, clicking on the FLCS4 dock icon should take me to the space currently occupied by Flash, but it doesn’t.

Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, same a Flash. Nothing.

The Fireworks dock icon brings any floating panels into the wrong space, without the main app.

The Dreamweaver dock icon does take me to the correct space. This works.

No good. Either they all work, or the whole thing is unworkable. Flash is still a nuisance in Spaces.

Josh Strike said,

July 20, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

I found that this bug can be somewhat mitigated by assigning Flash to always run in a particular space. Spaces will still irritatingly take you to that Flash without warning when the compile is done; but at least it doesn’t pop up that blank window in the wrong space and crash the Finder.

Jeff said,

September 16, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

I agree, the spaces bug was terrible. A few switches and it’s unusable, i bet a lot of us were quite happy with the patch and OS update. Can’t wait to see what is next on the table for future patches and future product development, could not live without my cs4! Love this blog, great food for though!

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