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1. 9 Jun 2020 13:57


Hazer mentioned (in #70 or so of the chat-boxes on a picture) she hasn't been doing any new pictures for us because her "computer has blocked Flash." I am not an expert on anything much related to computers and what follows may apply to Apple but not Microsoft operating systems.
I think the blockage is likely located in your browser rather than (or in addition to) in your computer...
I was going to advise on what I did to get Flash working again (in Safari but NOT in Chrome browser)... but now I realize I don't remember and I'm hopeless at retracing steps... I start from scratch every time I try to fix something. But I can assure you that if you don't use Chrome and if you poke around long enough in the back pages of your preference options (you might try preference for BOTH browser program and operating system) you'll probably be up and running again before too long, after the usual dead ends and wrong turns.
Anyone who is better at giving computer advice is more than welcome to improve on this.
In the long run, there's a question of whether those of us who are still around now will outlive ThinkDraw—I would say I hope not, but that doesn't sound quite right. If the Flash problems persist (I got the impression that they are almost certain to get worse and eventually insurmountable) one alternative is that a critical mass of think-drawers (whatever that might be) could pledge to maintain an old computer with an old operating system and use only obsolete browsers, and hope for the best... Another could be a long, drawn-out, ceremonious winding-down with a final farewell scheduled far enough in advance top allow time for saving pictures and exchanging names and addresses and so forth and so on...
Any thoughts?

2. 9 Jun 2020 21:10


I am even less knowledgeable when it comes to computers, but I would have thought that with the technology available today there would be something out there that would at least be comparable to Adobe Flash. I enjoy this site and all of the kind and creative people who join us, so I hope we do find a solution.

3. 21 Jun 2020 17:24


make an app

4. 16 Jul 2020 11:57


Knowing that ThinkDraw is fading away breaks my heart. This has been a harbor for creativity and support. My students will lose out on an terrific resource.

If there is a way to move things to an app, I'm all for it.

I feel like this has been a more public sketchbook and journal. I peek in from time to time, but since the announcement of Flash's death in December, I'm disheartened. I had ambitious plans to create 50 drawings in each of the palettes. I have about a half dozen "12 palettes - one theme" drawings in the works. But it won't happen now. I wish I knew more computer geeks.

5. 5 Aug 2020 08:17


I partially overcome the problem in Chrome. On the left of the URL field I have the advice "non sicuro" - not safe, and clicking there I have the option to consent Flash. Eveery time I restart the PC I have to do it again, but it worth if I can keep drawing! I find this solution just with a quick query on google, SO I'm sure there is a way to overcome the problem with any Broser.

Anyway, if there is a different app for revive TD I hope this could be done as soon as possible, and as I'm an affectionate fan I think I could contribute a few for the cost. And hope any other old TDwer will.

It's heartbracking for me to see TD to decline!

6. 30 Sep 2020 07:09


I did a picture to show my (temporary) solution, which works on an apple computer with Firefox browser. If you see it, click on the little gray car battery (squarish rectangle wearing two little flat hats) to the left of www.thinkdraw...

7. 30 Sep 2020 07:11


8. 30 Sep 2020 07:50


Hi, I'm sorry that I'm not able to make an app or move Think Draw away from Flash. At the end of the year when Flash is discontinued, I think we'll have to take the site down.

If anyone knows of a similar site or an alternative place where the Think Draw users who are left can carry on the community and drawing that would be great.

Thanks to all of you, Rachel

9. 2 Oct 2020 10:22


I am so sad to hear this, and I am sorry I have not participated much in the last few years, although I have checked in regularly to see what others were doing. I will miss seeing everyone's drawings and reading about what is on their minds. This has been a very unique community and while I wish it could continue, I have no ideas about how to make that happen. Debbie -

10. 4 Oct 2020 10:29


That's terrible!!!!!!!!
please find resources of solutions, at least we need to save all these wanderful pieces of art!!!!!! if there is a way, please let's find!!!!!

11. 4 Oct 2020 10:30


if money is a problem, I think that we can do some funding, I'm here if needed

12. 4 Oct 2020 10:56


I found this... Rachel I don't know if it could fit...

13. 13 Oct 2020 15:20

Chinky nt-without-source

Not much knowledge in the realm of IT. It seems to make a switch out of flash jeopardizes all pre-existing drawings stored, and swapping flash out for something like html5 would require a major rewrite in the coding software. Found two links, but I'm not sure of how much help they can be. Hi all by the way. I drop in from time to time to see whats new. Never seem to have time to ever draw anything though.