How To Fix Adobe Error Code 148:3 Licensing Issue

If you use licensed Adobe products, you might come across an error where starting the product will show you a dialog box saying “Licensing for this product has stopped working” and in the message you will see the Error Code 148:3.

Adobe Licensing Stopped 148:3 Error

Adobe suggests that you restart your computer to fix this issue, however, numerous restarts lead to no solution. Now this might be a really annoying issue if you do not know what to do. However, the solution for this is pretty simple. In my case, I had disabled certain services on Windows which were essential to the Adobe Licensing system.

In the steps below, I will show you how to get rid of this error and also provide additional resources that might come in handy to you if this solution does now work.

How To Fix Adobe Error Code 148:3

The root cause of this problem is that the FLEXnet Licensing Service has been disabled, enabling this service should get rid of the Error Code 148:3. Here is how you can enable the FLEXnet Licensing Service on Windows XP, or .

If you are looking for a software to manage services in Windows you can try out the Services Editor or Service Manager Plus.

Step 1: Press Start > Run and type in services.mscwithout the quotes and hit the Enter key. You can also use the Windows Key + R hotkey to launch the run box.

Step 2: In the services window, find the service “FLEXnet Licensing Service”. If the Startup Type is set to Manual, you just have to start the service and try opening the Adobe application again, you don’t need to follow the rest of the steps. However, you might want to change the Startup Type to “Automatic” so that you don’t have to do this every time. You can follow the rest of the steps if you want to change it to automatically start with Windows.

If the service Startup Type is “Disabled” you will have to enable it, to do that double-click on the service name to open the properties box.

FLEXnet Licensing Service

Step 3: In the available Startup Type dropdown options select “Automatic” and click on the “Apply” button.

Step 4: Once the changes have been Applied, click on the “Start” button to start the service.

Once you are done, click on Ok and close the services manager. Try restarting the Adobe application and the licensing problem should no longer be an issue. If this trick does not work for you, you can read more options at the Adobe Knowledge Base here.

Motorola Officially Announces The Motorola Droid X

Motorola along with Verizon, Google and Adobe have officially announced the Motorola Droid X. The event took place at New York, and was attended by Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha, Andy Rubin, and Shantanu Nayar – with EricMotorola Droid X Schmidt being a surprise guest. The Motorola Droid X has a huge 4.3-inch TFT display, with WVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1Ghz OMAP processor, and 512MB of RAM. Along with this, the phone also features an 8MP camera with dual LED flash.

Nine months ago, we made a commitment to our customers to bring the openness of Android to the Verizon Wireless network,said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.   Since then, we have introduced the top-selling Android phone in the marketplace today the DROID by Motorola.   DROID X takes that commitment to another level with exclusive content, faster processing speeds, and, of course, the reliability of our network.

The phone features 8GB of onboard memory, and a 16GB memory card is bundled with the retail box of the device. The phone is able to record videos at 720p resolution. The phone also features a mini HDMI port. The Droid X will run on Android 2.1, but will get the Android 2.2 update by late summer. This beast of a mobile phone also features a 1540mAh battery.

The phone has a multi-touch keyboard, with Swype pre-loaded. The phone also has three microphones one for video, another one for calls, and the last one for noise cancellation. The phone is pre-loaded with NFS Shift, Skype and a few other softwares. The phone will be available from July 15, for $199.99 after a $100 rebate.

Apple Ships Older Version Of Flash with Mac OS X 10.6.4

Looks like the Apple and Flash saga will never end. The latest update Mac OS X 10.6.4 contained a Flash version which was released in February 2010.

If you might have read 6 reasons why Steve Jobs did not like Flash on the iPhone platform, you might have gauged how much he hates Flash, but here is a new twist to the entire thing that happened with the Mac OS X 10.6.4 update.

Mind you before I say anything Steve Jobs does not hate Adobe, he just hates Flash, and according to a Computer World report this truth just got some more teeth.

The report says that the latest Mac OS X 10.6.4 update was shipped with a Flash update which was released in February. Now, don’t get me wrong but if you use an older version of Flash, you are very vulnerable to exploits. This is not because of the fact that Flash is vulnerable, this is because it is far more popular just like Windows and unlike Mac and gets hacked more often.

Adobe’s security director also tweeted about the fact that Mac OS X 10.6.4 shipped with an older version saying: "10.6.4 update for Mac OS X includes Flash Player, but not the latest version"

Now the question is whether Apple purposely shipped an unsecure version of Flash to it’s users to have their loyal users abandon Flash, or was this just not in the secret vision of Steve Jobs?

Rest aside, if you updated to Mac OS X 10.6.4 you are highly urged to update to the download the latest version of Flash, which you can download from here

Motorola, Verizon To Unveil Droid 2 on June 23?

Motorola and Verizon are having a press conference on June 23, 2010 in New York where they will unleash the next generation of Droid upon users.


Motorola, Verizon Wireless, Google and Adobe will be part of the event, this would mean that the Droid 2 might run on and also include Adobe Flash 10.1 for .

Motorola Droid 2 QWERTY keyboard was leaked last month. Droid 2 specifications was also confirmed last week by Droid Life. So will we see a Droid 2 coming being unveiled on June 23?


Adobe Closes Flash Player 64-bit for Linux Labs Program

Close on the heels of releasing Flash Player 10.1, Adobe announced the closure of the Labs program of Flash Player 64-bit for Linux. Adobe also set the Flash 64-bit for Linux forums on read-only mode,   effectively quelling any and all means of discussion.

Adobe mentions in their announcement:

We have temporarily closed the Labs program of Flash Player 10 for 64-bit Linux, as we are making significant architectural changes to the 64-bit Linux Flash Player and additional security enhancements. […] We intend to provide more regular update information on our progress as we continue our work on 64-bit versions of Flash Player. Thank you for your continued help and support.

which effectively translates to something like, “hey, we screwed up, we don’t know what we’re doing, but yeah, we’re going to do something”. Not exactly a confidence booster, eh ?

Access Flash Websites on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Steve jobs is not relenting to entertain Flash on the or , he even went to the extent of saying that he had no issues with Adobe, but would not allow Flash on the iPad and iPhone.

Flash on iPhone and iPad

However, with software and hardware there will always be a workaround to things, and the same can be said about accessing Flash on an iPhone or iPad. Cloud Browse is an iPhone app which allows users to browse and access flash-enabled websites on the iPhone and iPod touch.

However, Cloud Browse does not display Flash on the iPhone or iPad directly, when you browse to a website which has flash content, Cloud Browse will process the flash content on its own servers and then display it on your device.

The flash content displayed by Cloud Browse is not as fast as the original flash objects, however, you can at-least access Flash on your device.

Watch a video of Cloud Browse in action on an iPad below.

You can download Cloud Browse for free using this iTunes link.


Steve Jobs Says He Respects and Admires Adobe, Just Hates Flash

Steve Jobs has been very clear about why he does not allow Adobe’s Flash player on the and , however, there has been a tug of war between both Adobe and Apple over this issue.


A recent note sent by a user called Joshua to Steve Jobs, however got a different reply. The note asked Steve Jobs:

Do you hate Adobe and their products (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) or do you just hate their view on Flash.

In reply, Steve Jobs said:

No, I respect and admire Adobe. We just choose to not have Flash on our devices.

That’s a pretty good way to clear up things, and I am amazed that a CEO of Steve Jobs stature takes out time to answer such questions.


Adobe Reader Now On Android, Simply Scares Users Towards Other Alternatives

The Adobe Reader has been released for Android and is available at Android market officially. Although, the release of this app went un-noticed and has not gained popularity due to Google IO conference, it has already been downloaded for over 250,000 times now and that number is on a rise.


The Adobe Reader app is in version and has serious lack of features.  To start with, it has no search to look up a word or text. It has no bookmark feature to quick access and bookmark pages for later reading. It has no usable feature of a document reader. The only thing it has, is great looks and a good User Interface (UI).

The app fetches the next four pages in advance and this can help in scrolling. Though, some argue that if we want to jump to a page (far away), re-loading the next four pages from this new page takes some time and this makes the app a resource hog. However, it works nicely if you are a slow reader.

The app also supports multi-touch actions like pinch-zoom. Again, here the rendering is extremely slow and once you start moving out of zoom, the rendering takes some time giving ugly blocks on the screen in that process.


Other options include an open file dialog and switching to text mode which shows the document as text.


This is the first version of this product and it is too hard to judge the product from this. The guys at Adobe are clearly confused and they need more time to figure out what basic features a PDF app must contain. I would install this software for its UI and on the hope that a better next version is coming soon. Though, using it something I would not do or recommend at all.

Rating: 2/5

Adobe Reader For Android Now Available

Adobe has been developing several new apps for the platform, with the release of Flash 10.1 for Android and Adobe Air for Android, Adobe has now officially released the Adobe Reader App for Android.

Adobe Reader for Android

The new Adobe Reader App for Android offers multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom, double-tab-zoom, flick-scrolling and panning. The Adobe team have also added a "reflow" mode which will automatically wrap content in text-heavy documents with wide margins for easier viewing on the small phone screen.

The Adobe Reader app for Android is available for Android 2.1 and above and supports Motorola Droid, Motorola Milestone and Google . The app may work on other Android devices too, however it may work just fine.

Users can download Adobe Reader for Android from the Android market place for free. For more information and videos visit the official announcement post by Adobe here.

Adobe Prereleases Adobe Air For Android

is probably one of the best inventions by Adobe in my opinion and there are several apps which have made good use of it, take for example . The best part about Adobe Air is that the applications are platform independent just like Java apps, and only require a runtime to run the app.

Adobe Air Android

Now, Adobe is taking the same platform independent flexibility to mobile devices with the prerelease of the Adobe Air for platform, which will allow developers to create applications using the platform and run in natively on the Android OS.

If you are a developer who uses Adobe tools and are excited about this news, you can visit to get a prerelease of the development tools required to build an app for Android.

Though Flex 4 is not fully supported, developers can build Android apps using the Adobe Air platform with Flash Professional CS5 and Flash Builder 4 for pure Actionscript projects.