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Adobe Flash EOL and what that means for DataConnect V10 users

POZNAN, POL - FEB 22, 2020: Laptop Computer Displaying Logo Of Adobe Flash, A Deprecated Multimedia Software Platform Used For Production Of Animations

Please be advised that Adobe Flash is reaching the end of life on December 31, 2020. In collaboration with this announcement, browser vendors will stop supporting the Adobe Flash plug-in either before or at the end of 2020. Adobe is actively encouraging users to uninstall Flash by the end of the year.

(See https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/end-of-life.html.)

(Additionally https://www.zdnet.com/article/adobe-wants-users-to-uninstall-flash-player-by-the-end-of-the-year/ )

It is very important to note that the User Interface (UI) for DataConnect v10 was written using Adobe Flex. Flex relies on the Adobe Flash plug-in to render its UI within a web browser. After web browsers stop supporting Adobe Flash, the v10 DataConnect UI will no longer function and migration to v11 will not be an option. Users will not be able to access their projects or any of their metadata inside the v10 repository. You should disable automatic browser updates now for those who use DataConnect v10 within your organization.

Actian DataConnect v11 does not use Adobe Flash but uses the Eclipse Plugin Development Environment (PDE) to render the UI.

Important!  You should upgrade to Actian DataConnect v11 within the next few months. You will be able to export your projects to zip files within v10 and import those files using the import wizard in v11. Your export must include all project dependencies and macrodef files. You need to start exporting your v10 projects Now.

You should upgrade to the latest version of Actian DataConnect v11.5.  Versions prior to v11.5 are either no longer supported or will end Enterprise Support on December 31, 2020.  See the Product Support Lifecycle Policy for dates.

If you have any questions about your entitlement to Actian DataConnect v11, you should consult your Actian Account Executive or email us as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or need assistance exporting your v10 projects, please contact Actian Support.

About Greg Coates

Greg Coates is the Director of Product Management for Actian's Data Integration products. Greg has over 20 years of experience in data integration and data quality software and services. Prior to Actian, Greg held positions at leading data integration companies such as Pervasive Software and Data Junction.