13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 6, 2014 3:30 AM by chhsuser
Joe Pyrdek Level 1 (140 points)

Is there a way to install the constant stream of Flash Player updates on the MacBookPro and iMacs.  It seems that Adobe has not figured out that there is a way called .pkg to allow easy installs on multiple Apple computers at one time using ARD.  They want to continue to stick with making the update an application that must be run individually on every system that you want to install it on.  (Even Microsoft has figured out that you can use packages to install updates.  Why can't Adobe?)


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • TeenTitan Level 4 (2,410 points)

    try right clicking on "Flash Player Instal Adobe FlashPlayer.app", chose show package contence, double click on Contences, Double click on Resources, Copy Aodbe Flash Player.pkg to your desktop. Deploy the pkg.

     

    cheers!

  • Joe Pyrdek Level 1 (140 points)

    That used to work for me in the past but this latest Flash Player gave me an "Incorrect File Format" or "Incompatiable File Format" or something similar error when I tried that.   I don't recall the exact message but can try again when I get back to work Monday.  I will also try a new download just in case the original download had a problem. 

     

    I also know that Adobe has some kind of license for Enterprise users that when you get the license you are supposed to be given access to some net location that provides the software in an mass distribution format,  Getting that license, where I work can be a real bear because of excessive lawyers being involved all trying to justify their job.  I was just wondering if Adobe changed what had been working to make sure it no longer did to force you to go to their license program.

  • TeenTitan Level 4 (2,410 points)

    Well Adobe now distributes Adobe Deployment Toolkit; witch allows you to re-package cs5 into one pkg installer. And it gives you options like surpress agree to software terms, disable software updating, extra. I don't you could use it to repackage flash plalyer.

  • Joe Pyrdek Level 1 (140 points)

    I use the Deployment kit to install CS 5.5 on my systems but I could not easily find a way to get it to work on the Flash Player update.  After dealing with so many Adobe updates, I can get frustrated with Adobe and their "My way or My Way" attitude about updates and I did not want to get all POed about them again on a Friday afternoon.

     

    Here is the link to that Adobe license info for Flash Player etc. in case you are interested.

     

    http://www.adobe.com/products/players/flash-player-distribution.html

  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    It worked fine for me with the latest Flash Player. Make sure you're selecting the right package. As TT said, you need to open up Adobe's installer with the Show Package Contents contextual menu command, then drag the Adobe Flash Player.pkg file from

     

    /Contents/Resources/

     

    Regards.

  • Joe Pyrdek Level 1 (140 points)

    After a weekend of multiple power disruptions and failures and a number of server failures and updates on the campus (fortunatly not my area of responsibility!) I finally had a chance to get back to this.

     

    When I tried it on a different client system, it did work.  The problem appears to be in the one particular client system that was my first install and/or the network/server problems that were starting at the time of my first attempts.

     

    Thanks for the postings.

  • chicster Level 2 (200 points)

    Teen,

     

    it looks like adobe flash player 11.5 doesn't have the package inside anymore - it just goes and gets it. 

     

    Any tricks now for using ARD to install?

     

    chic

  • Templeton Peck Level 9 (61,397 points)

    chicster wrote:

     

    Any tricks now for using ARD to install?

     

    chic

     

    Download this for free:  http://www.absolute.com/products/InstallEase

     

    Launch it.

     

    Install Flash

     

    Re-package it.

  • eveas22 Level 1 (30 points)

    I had the same problem. What you need to do is go to Adobe's website and apply to become a "distibutor". It's free and they will send you a link to a .dmg that includes the .pkg. From there you can distrubute the .pkg via ARD.

     

    Click on the following link and choose "Apply to distribute Flash Player".

     

    http://www.adobe.com/products/players/flash-player-distribution.html

  • chicster Level 2 (200 points)

    thank you for this tip.  I am sure it will come in handy.  In this case, for whatever reason, the adobe installer does (or at least the last time I downloaded it) now contain a complete package.

  • chicster Level 2 (200 points)

    thank you eveas22.  I will keep that in mind for the next time - in this case, Adobe changed the installer to include the whole package like they used to. 

  • chicster Level 2 (200 points)

    And of course the next time happened today!  So I did what you suggested and it was easy.  Thanks for the help.

  • chhsuser Level 1 (0 points)