Over the last week, some of you may have noticed issues with using our voice comparison tool, Rocket Record, and the various Testing functions not working properly or at all.
The issues have stemmed from a security issue with the latest version/update of Adobe Flash, which meant that some browsers like Google (Chrome) and Firefox blocked Flash from working automatically. Unfortunately we didn't get any forewarning that this was going to happen, so it did catch us (and I would imagine millions of other websites that use Flash in some form) by surprise.
For those that are interested - a definition of Adobe Flash;
Adobe Flash is a multimedia and software platform used for creating vector graphics, animation, browser games, rich Internet applications, desktop applications, mobile applications and mobile games. Flash displays text, vector and raster graphics to provide animations, video games and applications. It allows streaming of audio and video, and can capture mouse, keyboard, microphone and camera input.
We have spent the last week frantically working on a fix for Rocket Record and waiting for Flash to release a new update that resolves any issues. I am pleased to say that this has just happened so everything should be working as normal.
To prevent a repeat of this we are working on removing this reliability upon Flash and instead using HTML5, which is essentially the code base that the internet works on. Version 5 of HTML offers new functionality around video, audio and graphic content display. Our time-frame for this changeover to be completed is 2 months, at which time we should have removed the need for Flash altogether. Because of the different configurations between Flash and HTML5 there will be some functionality differences but we are looking to improve the system by making the most of what HTML5 can offer.
So, to recap, everything should be working as intended in the members area and within a couple of months we should have some new functionality that makes Rocket Record and the Testing features work even better!
Best of luck with your language learning