Google Confirms NPAPI Removal Final Plan

Nov 30, 2014

As we mentioned earlier in Say Good-Bye to NPAPI – Dynamic Web TWAIN 10.0 Preview (HTML5) is Released!, Google hoped to remove the NPAPI plugins support in 2015 in consideration of security, speed, and stability. Unsurprisingly, Google announced its final plan for the removal recently. In April 2015, Chrome will disable NPAPI support by default and Google will unpublish extensions requiring NPAPI plugins from the Chrome Web Store. Advanced users can, however, temporarily re-enable NPAPI (via chrome://flags/#enable-npapi), if the plugins they rely on haven’t completed the transition yet. In September 2015, Chrome will remove NPAPI support permanently. Installed extensions that require NPAPI plugins will no longer be able to load those plugins. As to this big change of Chrome, Dynamsoft already has its own answer. The next release, Dynamic Web TWAIN 10.1, will be released in mid-December, 2014 with optimized web scanning experience in post-NPAPI Chrome and Firefox. If you are interested in trying the beta version, please just let me know. Your feedback would be highly appreciated. Cheers!

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