And, yes, now we can all see why we hate Flash so much.
Adobe's attempt to create a proprietary web platform is destined to fail.
I know a lot of otherwise bright devs that were drawn to Flex by the MVC paradigms that littered the tutorials. Classic 'Architecture Astronaut' stuff as Spolsky would describe it which really didn't translate to delivery of better sites for users, especially once the JS frameworks took off.
In my view, the decision to trade off user experience and established standards for developer convenience is never the right one, but I guess it's a temptation if you're in the dev tools business.
The whole page took like 20 seconds to load and I can't use my scroll wheel. How annoying. And yeah, I can't use the back button.
Learn to use Flash, Adobe.
It's not just the form though, it's the whole page. They have even replaced the browser scrollbar with a Flash-based scrollbar.
The page is basically a poster child for why people hate Flash.
I just tested in IE (in VMWare) and it gave me the flash page.
edit: maybe a/b testing?
Its possible they are doing a/b testing, obviously some of you guys are getting flash.
I love my flash games, but that page is a amazing fail - my credit-card auto completion didn't work, my two-finger scrolling failed to work - it's almost like they are trying to demonstrate how _not_ to create an order page.
That might seem like a small issue, but imagine how much traffic their site gets. ~2.8Kb of wasted bandwidth for every request...
Though -- why does the source of their page start with 100 empty lines? Do they think it'll stop people from scrolling down and seeing the source of the page?
Why is the kerning so bad?
I don't have an unusual setup (Firefox 3.0.1 on Mac OS X 10.5).
Adobe doesn't even force you to have its free flash runtime to use its products (that page degrades nicely for me without flash). Apple expects you to use their expensive Mac and Mac OS X to be able to build products using their SDKs. I don't see how Adobe is worse than Apple here! And there are flash sites with great user experiences too; so great user experience has nothing to do with just using Apple's SDK.
I'm by no means a Flash lover but this idea of making Apple the David and Adobe the Goliath is pathetic.
"Hey, guess what part of the site you AS3 guys are going to be working on for a Q2 launch! Yes, technically it does involve animation!"
In other words, you will always see that gray 'Flash' box with ClickToFlash instead of getting any no-flash fallback content that may be setup.
Unfortunately I don't think there is an easy way to temporarily and completely disable Flash in Safari for sans-Flash testing.
Prefs -> Security -> Uncheck "Enable Plugins", refresh.