October 5, 2002


Archives? We've got your archives right here for browsers, Flash, Shockwave and Real players...

Macromedia's technote "Stand-alone installers for Shockwave Player" links to installers for previous and current versions of the free Macromedia Shockwave Player from versions to 8.5.1, in multiple languages.

Then there's the aptly named "Archived Macromedia Flash Players available for testing purposes" technote, that, well, you get the idea. Currently links you to the final releases of Flash versions 2 through 5.

Real's Real Legacy Software Archive contains every RealPlayer build from version 3 up to 10, plus localized versions of RealPlayer 8 and up.

And last, but not least, Adrian Roselli supports Evolt and the developer community at large by maintaining the mother of all browser archives. Really. Along with the major players, this archive houses a million browsers I've never heard of but you might need someday.

There are other archives out there to be sure. I'll be adding new bookmark-worthy links as I come across them.

Posted by Lewis Francis at October 5, 2002 12:46 AM

Netscape maintains an FTP source for older versions of products at the Netscape Products archive. This takes you to a not very well maintained page listing, so if you don't see what you need, try the digging around the archive root.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at October 5, 2002 1:37 AM

i stopped using netscape forever ago, even on the mac. damn thing doesn't work, and i got sick of being principled about it while suffering all the while.

now my debate is whether to open the os x can of worms.

if only mark of the unicorn would release an os x version of digital performer... then i could upgrade away from mac os version eight or whatever it is i'm running right now.

somehow, i feel certain you'll find a way to argue for an upgrade to os x *now* rather than waiting around for the developers of my primary software package.

Posted by: ben bleecker at October 6, 2002 1:09 PM

Wa, check out my Netscape 7 entry. Earlier NS builds were fairly painful but the latest crop from NS and Mozilla are much more usable -- meet your next favorite browser feature: Tabbed Windows.

I'm using Chimera for day-to-day browsing, even though it doesn't yet fully support Flash 6 or Shockwave(at all), primarily because it has the Mozilla engine wrapped in a OS X Cocoa interface that's just much more Mac-like than the rest.

As for DP for OS X, isn't that release right around the corner? You should upgrade to OS X.2.x now so you won't have to split your time learning two new systems. Boot in 9.x to run your legacy DP while you wait for the upgrade to hit the market.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at October 6, 2002 2:56 PM

Update on Macromedia's Flash Player archive; currently contains versions 2-6 and links to a new Flash minor version archive.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at November 14, 2003 8:31 PM
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