But as open standards like HTML5, Web GL and Web Assembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web.
Over time, we’ve seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards.
After the install is complete, just make sure you point to the same workspace you used previously so that other configurations are kept. Update the current installation with an update site that's more recent following the update site instructions.
Note that due to a bug, updating Mac OS won't work properly for Li Clipse versions lower than 4.0 (so, on Mac OS, if upgrading an install with version 3.x or before, option 1 must be used).
Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins.
Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash.
The recommended way of using Li Clipse is by downloading the native installer for your platform, which provides a pre-configured standalone for Windows (32 bits or 64 bits), Mac OS (64 bits) or Linux (32 bits or 64 bits).
However, it's also possible to install it through the update site: (note that you must have Java 8 installed in this case -- see details on the Update Site Install section).
And over time, as the web evolved, these new formats were adopted by the community, in some cases formed the basis for open standards, and became an essential part of the web.
Adobe will continue to support Flash on a number of major OSs and browsers that currently support Flash content through the planned EOL.
This will include issuing regular security patches, maintaining OS and browser compatibility and adding features and capabilities as needed.
The installed Eclipse MUST be running with a Java 8 VM, otherwise Li Clipse may not show as being installed or you'll have errors such as:
Unsupported Class Version Error: Some Class : Unsupported major.minor version 51.0 at Class Loader.define Class Cond(Unknown Source) -- Note that the native Li Clipse installers ship by default with a VM, so, the installed java version shouldn't be a concern.