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Downloading Adobe Flash Player for Mac OS X 10.3.9, part 2

So, as I already blogged, Adobe broke download process for Flash Player for MacOSX 10.3.9… while on MacOS X 10.3.9. Both included browsers (MSIE5.2Mac and Safari1.3) break on Adobe’s pages. Safari simply doesn’t execute Javascript for either selection of “Yes! I have 10.3, I’m so sorry, give me old Flash Player”, nor for the download button if you go through manual process of selection of your OS.
I haven’t however blogged about the solution for this.

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#1: Personally, I went the route of getting newest available Firefox for 10.3.9. Looks like Firefox 2.0.0.x works for OS X 10.2 and newer. Oddly enough, I couldn’t find a download link on Mozilla’s own pages, so let’s grab it from OldApps.com. Now, Adobe’s regular pages work!
However, you might not happy with that, no sirs. (But, why aren’t you? Firefox 2 is the best browser you can get on that old OS and machine you have there. Safari 1.3 is ancient. FF2 may not be the newest,but it’s the best you can get with Mac OS X 10.3 so don’t be like that.)

#2: Alternative solution is clicking on this link, where I already clicked on “Agree and Download” for you. Even closer, here’s a direct link to the DMG file. To install, double click on DMG file. An icon appears on your desktop; open it. Then drag the icons on the left into folders on the right (the background of the window is very suggestive of what you have to do).

Now go and watch flash-video movies on that iMac G3 you have there (which is precisely why you’re stuck with 10.3.9, right? At least I am)
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In case these links don’t work a few years after 2009, post in comments and I’ll try to get this for you. I might not be able to help you, but asking won’t harm. I won’t put alternative link here, since Adobe doesn’t like people redistributing their player. They do however like breaking their site for the target audience of the software download they offer. Ugh.

Adobe Flash on iMac with Mac OS X 10.3.9


It’s fascinating that Flash Player as recent as version 9 is available, since a large part of the web (including Blogger) is plain broken in Safari 1.3 (included with OSX 10.3.9).

What’s horrifying however is Adobe’s treatment of potential users of this player. Can you imagine correctly detecting MacOS X, and offering software download for 10.1-10.3… and actually breaking the dropdown menu, as well as the continue button?

That’s right. Dropdown menu on the main download page – click on it in either Safari 1.3 or MSIE:mac 5.2, nothing happens. Ok, no sweat, let’s try alternative download path. So, I’m asked for OS… I choose Mac OS X 10.1-10.3. Cool… “Continue”. Nothing. “Continue”! Nothing.

They actually broke Javascript on an OS the download is meant to go for. And from what I can tell, you’re not allowed to redistribute Flash player without arranging licensing agreement with Adobe, so I doubt I can find it elsewhere on the web.

Is it really too much to expect primary download route (the combo for selecting 10.1-10.3 or 10.4-10.5) to work?
Is it really too much to expect the alternative, “safe” route to work? People, it’s a Continue button, how can you screw that up on an outdated, but still supported and actually even listed platform?