Old Question: Can iPad Play Flash? New Answer: Probably!

The Wall Street Journal microblog news: According to Dr. Walt Mossberg’s answer to readers’ letters, the columnist of The Wall Street Journal “personal digital life” section, Apple MacBook and iMac can actually run Adobe Flash Player, can also browse Flash video and Flash websites like the Windows computer does. Although Flash software is no longer pre-installed, users can download and install by themselves.

Q: I will go back to school in this fall, and I have contacted the school to know which laptop or tablet computer should I use. They said the Adobe Flash Player is needed to demonstrate the courses. I like Apple, but I know the latest Apple MacBooks and iPad are without Flash support. Is that true? If so, what should I buy?

A: There are many misunderstandings, the truth is that: MacBook and iMac can actually run Adobe Flash Player, can also browse Flash video and Flash websites like the Windows computer does. Although Flash software is no longer pre-installed, users can download and install by themselves for free. The download URL is http://adobe.ly/3omS9y. After installation, you can browse any Flash video and website on your Mac normally.

In contrast, the built-in browser in iPad does not support Flash Player, so you can’t run Flash video or website. However, there are some third-party browsers exclusively for iPad can run Flash, such as Skyfire and Puffin. Although the support is just a little bit crappy sometimes. Puffin is already available for purchase in iPad App Store. If you are looking for a tablet PC with natural Flash support, you can consider of buying a new Android model or HP Touchpad, even though, some Flash video and website still can not be displayed properly on the current generation of tablet PCs with default Flash support.

Q: how to sync the calendar and contacts between PC and iPad? Please give some advice.

A: There are two ways to do that. Use iTunes or use the calendar and contacts on networking service providers like Google, Apple auto-sync service MobileME or Microsoft Exchange to auto-sync the data between PC and iPad.

PS: An SWF to iPad converter is also another very easy way to make Flash SWF files playable on iOS devices like iPad and many others.

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