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CuCo Creative is an integrated branding, strategic, digital agency based in in the sunny Silicon South of Bournemouth, Dorset. We provide creative marketing and advertising solutions to the South Coast, stretching as far as London, UK! CuCo are members of the DBA and are both an RAR recommended and awarded agency. We are also a D&AD accredited marketing, digital, design, and branding agency! Our team are experts in delivering integrated marketing campaigns in all areas of branding, advertising, marketing, digital, E-commerce, design, web design & development, and WordPress, and offer a strategic approach to marketing consultancy.

Our creative marketing and design teams work together to delver a wide range of website development skills and a variety of marketing projects for your brand. Our digital services include web design, search engine optimisation (SEO), HTML emails & email marketing, Google Adwords/pay per click (PPC), database driven websites, content management systems (CMS), social media management, WordPress websites and E-commerce websites.

CuCo are also a creative print management agency, offering a full colour lithographic through short run or personalised digital printing services. We are experts in paper stocks, print finishes, folding techniques and FSC printing. Whether it is rolling out your new brand across creative marketing collateral, print advertising, business cards, business stationary (letterheads and comp slips), packaging, point of sale (POS), brochures, leaflets, flyers, or making your brand come to life with illustration or photography, CuCo are the perfect integrated branding and marketing partner for the South West, without heavy London agency fees.

Our team are passionate about driving sales through creative marketing solutions, so whether your business needs to generate new leads, a brand refresh, or a website improvement, get in touch with us here at CuCo!

Whatever your marketing or advertising requirements may be, CuCo Creative have the branding expertise and marketing knowledge and experience to produce your next marketing campaign! Whatever your budget or your location, call CuCo today on 01202 911959 to discuss your brand!

 

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The Death of Flash

At the end of 2020 Adobe officially ended support of Adobe Flash, they will no longer support Flash Player with no future updates and began blocking Flash content from running on the player on January 12, 2021.

Flash was released in 1996 and was once one of the most popular ways for people to stream videos and play games online, it brought rich animations and interactivity to the early web. But it was plagued with security problems and failed to transition to the smartphone era. When the iPhone launched, it didn’t support Flash and so sites like YouTube moved to HTML5 for video streaming and soon everyone followed suit. It was also a popular tool for writing whole websites and web application in, although most of these have now transitioned away so that they too are compatible on mobile devices, but there remain many holdouts who have only recently started to play catch-up.

Adobe has provided instructions for removing Flash on Windows and Mac computers on its website. It has warned: “Uninstalling Flash Player will help to secure your system since Adobe does not intend to issue Flash Player updates or security patches after the end-of-life date.”

It’s estimated that only 17% of users see a piece of Flash content every day, so you probably won’t notice a big difference in your day-to-day browsing, as this could be a tiny ad somewhere. Most sites have now already been updated to use modern standards like HTML5, WebGL, or Unity, and any sites that wants to continue offering their content after 2020 will need to make sure they do this as well. If there’s any Flash content you’re especially attached to, now is the time to make sure it sticks around.

HELP I still need Flash!

You might be using a service that for some reason or another still hasn’t been updated to use more modern technology. For example, CuCo use Trustwave to carry out PCI scans on our websites and although they have a new platform that doesn’t use Flash, many of their users are still to be migrated across. So if Adobe is blocking Flash from working how do we get around this?

Accessing any remaining Flash content on the Web will still be possible, but you’ll need to do some work first. Most browser auto-update themselves and you sometimes can’t even disable this without doing a series of terminal commands. Truly desperate Flash fans could use an older version of a browser, block it from auto-updating, and use it only for Flash content.

Of course, there are security concerns, so do this at your own risk and take precautions like running it in a sandbox and only visiting sites you trust.

If you’re into Flash games and animations, the last and best option you’ll probably find for accessing this stuff is Flashpoint, which is an ongoing project to archive and distribute the Web’s Flash content. Thousands of games and animations have now been catalogued and are available for you to download and play as you like.

CuCo work in macOS and as of today, Chrome updated to 87.0.4280.141 and now we are unable to get Flash content to load.

Clicking “Run this time” no longer works, it just like to and Adobe post, so we can’t access this service until our account is migrated to the new platform – whenever that may happen. In Safari we just get a blank page. In Edge we just get the error “we couldn’t download” the plugin. In Firefox and Opera we just get a link to download the plugin which then redirected to the above Adobe post. So now where do we go?

We tried to load an older version of Chrome (74.0.3729.169) from May 2019, but this too won’t let us “Run this time”. We also tried to install Firefox 68 from July 2019 – the last version to include Flash player – and that didn’t work. Finally, we tried versions from 5 years ago and they didn’t work either.

CuCo’s digital experts have spent time researching and troubleshooting this incompatibility, and we are sure we are not alone! Having exhausted all the possibilities we have concluded that there is currently no way around the issue, but we would be interested to hear from our readers if they have a magic fix! For the time being, it looks like we just need to wait for the big players in software products who have dragged their feet to finally play catchup with user demands!

 

 

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