On Monday I blogged about Shockwave Flash crashing in Google Chrome 10.
Reassuringly/disappointingly I wasn’t the only person to experience this annoyance. PC Pro published an article on Tuesday: Chrome update takes out Flash. The article highlighted a couple of things that I hadn’t realised:
- Google was now ‘sandboxing’ Flash; in other words, any issues experienced with a particular website that uses Flash (e.g. malware) doesn’t spread beyond the tab that is running it.
- The Adobe Flash plugin was crashing when there were multiple instances of Flash on a page.
The Google Chrome support forum has been a busy place of late, and I’ve been keeping a close eye on the thread entitled Chrome 10 – Flash Crashes.
Google Chrome channels
One piece of advise was to try the developer channel of Google Chrome.
Google run three release channels of Chrome:
I generally run the Beta channel as it tends to receive the latest features a couple of weeks before Stable does.
And sure enough, now that I’m running the dev channel version of Chrome the issue with Flash has gone.
Above: Google Chrome 10.0.648.134 beta which I’ve been having problems with.
Above: Google Chrome 11.0.696.12 dev which I’ve so far had no Flash crashes with.
I really love that the image on the About Google Chrome screen on the dev channel shows that it’s not quite as polished and shiny a version as beta. Nice touch.