Adobe Releases Flash Player 10.2 with Hardware Acceleration

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Adobe finally dropped the beta tag from Flash Player 10.2 on Wednesday. The latest version of the multimedia playback platform offers new hardware-based video acceleration, and drops support for PowerPC-based Macs.

Flash gets a performance boost

Flash Player 10.2 includes improved privacy controls, full screen video playback support across multiple displays, improved text display with sub-pixel rendering, overall performance improvements, and more. According to Adobe, Flash content providers will have to make minor changes to their SWF files to take advantage of the new Stage Video hardware acceleration features, and companies like YouTube, Brightcove, Epix and Vimeo have already started the conversion process.

Flash Player 10.2 for the Mac requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or newer, at least 128MB graphics memory, and Safari 4, Firefox 3, Opera 9.5 or Google Chrome 2. It is available as a free download at the Adobe Web site.

Comments

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

A couple questions for the Apple faithful:

1. Why are companies like YouTube, Brightcove, Epix, and Vimeo still serving Flash video?

2. If Steve Jobs’ medical leave becomes retirement, how soon is too soon to put Flash in its full glory on iOS devices?

jfbiii

Don’t know if it’s freezing in hell, but it’s damn cold in Mississippi today.

1. Because even though Flash sucks, some people are still swallowing.
2. Never.

Tiger

3. How quickly does it get removed….? It’s so 2000 and late. Our entire website is undergoing revision this month for Flash removal. If you don’t need it, it makes no sense to leave it there and consume battery, bandwidth, and users’s patience.

Curtis Wiens

Its going to be interesting when you try to do complex things like streaming video and creating complex interactive online experiences with HTML5 and it creates the same resource suck along crappy user experiences and all the same things that Flash is accused of doing. I am watching the 3 Macs I use slow down with every release of itunes, iphoto etc… I get the spinning beach ball constantly on my new macs. Lots of crashing etc… Itunes is so bloated at this point its ridiculous.

freshh20

I am watching the 3 Macs I use slow down with every release of itunes, iphoto etc? I get the spinning beach ball constantly on my new macs. Lots of crashing etc? Itunes is so bloated at this point its ridiculous.


Time to add more RAM. Makes a world of difference.

Curtis Wiens

4 gb in my tower
laptop is max’d out
imac is max’d out

Snow Leopard on my imac helped but I see things slowing down with each new release.

They should pull all the stuff out of itunes that is not a music player and make a separate itunes store/ping bla bla bla app.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Curtis, you are holding it wrong.

Curtis Wiens

Speaking to the topic here. 10.2 is an awesome upgrade. Download it and check out YouTube HD content. The staging stuff works very well.

freshh20

4 gb in my tower
laptop is max?d out
imac is max?d out

Snow Leopard on my imac helped but I see things slowing down with each new release.

They should pull all the stuff out of itunes that is not a music player and make a separate itunes store/ping bla bla bla app.

How large is you iTunes library? You can make more than one library iniPhoto and in iTunes. Speeds everything up when you get, say over 5000 images.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Curtis, you’re making it too big.

mhikl

Ode to Bosco          

Adobe?s dead
It sucks to freeze
Now we have HTML5
Long live the Queen!

This poem sucks
And so does Flash!
Let?s bury Adobe
Go dump that trash.

Put on click
If moment tries us,
Raise the dead
If need arises.

Games are great
And full of wonder
Put on a flick
HTML5 doth thunder

Width in Flash
How it sputters,
Crash and Burn
My battery shutters

Adobe?s power
Stands askew
This could get bad
I fooled you.

Can?t Bosco think
And enjoy life?
Got to go,
Here comes the wife.

She sees my pen
And hates my rhyme
I thinks she?s one cute
Philistine.

Lee Dronick

Adobe?s dead

I hope not, I still use Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, PhotoShop, and DreamWeaver. Now if HP wants to be a “cool” company they can develop and publish a Creative Suite killer smile

Curtis Wiens

If anyone is going to create great HTML5 authoring tools it will be Adobe. Swf’s are going to be on your TV and everywhere, even in your underwear. < Rhyme.

JS and AS3 are not that different.

Lee Dronick

Swf?s are going to be on your TV and everywhere

That is what happens when the Flash hits the fan.

even in your underwear

SWF stains? smile

I don’t know Curtis, there probably have to be hardware acceleration for the TV.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Curtis, you’re new here, right? I can tell because not hating Flash and Adobe is blasphemy now.

mhikl

Swf?s are going to be on your TV and everywhere, even in your underwear.

Thank you Curtis Wiens. A rhyme!

Bosco once wrote us a fine poem but I figured it was just an anomaly and in no way disproved the understanding that computer geeks didn’t have a right side to the brain. Two adventures prove such theory wrong. We are safe. There is hope for humanity and us challenged, should the geek brainiacs ever take over. Namaste, bud. grin

mhikl

That is what happens when the Flash hits the fan.

I just barely made it to the can, Sir Harry!.

Lee Dronick

I just barely made it to the can, Sir Harry!.

So you “dumped” Flash then? smile

Curtis Wiens

Yea I get it, its like pc vs mac that got people all excited with clever jokes and rhymes and posts 10 year ago…  Very exciting.

Like most people who actually build things for me technology is not really an emotional thing so I will not join in. One thing to think about is that you can easily block a swf completely. What about when HTML5 annoys you? LOL you know that the same annoying stuff is going to happen…right?

HTML5 is going to be great the <video> tag is brilliant. Just waiting for the right authoring tools and full support from all the major browsers.

Good luck!

Lee Dronick

Your right about that Curtis. I can use Click2Flash to block those annoying ads, but currently there is no such thing for <video>

Curtis Wiens

LOL its not just a video tag. Do you guys not know what HTML5 is? Your going to have to shut down JavaScript to stop things from moving on the page. Its basically going to give you less control to block annoying content. Too funny.

Lee Dronick

LOL its not just a video tag

Your right, Flash is also horrid navigation. Which is my biggest peeve about it.

Your going to have to shut down JavaScript to stop things from moving on the page

I am already selectively doing that, click here.

Its basically going to give you less control to block annoying content. Too funny.

Did you read any of the comments before you commented?

Curtis Wiens

I read all the posts mostly they are silly flame stuff I can not relate to. I think its ironic and funny that you guys who want to block technology because of personal tastes and you are going to have a harder time with the very thing you are hailing as a flash killer. The code is going to be rendered on the page not in a container.

People make navigation so there will be plenty to pick on when HTML5 is fully supported. Look at what apple just did on their site (you can only see it in Safari, I guess because its so “open"it does not work in any other browser) Its well done but totally frivolous and a bit annoying.

Flash pushed the web forward with video, interactivity and web apps. It needs to be challenged and it is by us developers. We love new better tools! Developers work with the best tools available to accomplish goals. Yes, everything is changing and its great. I am not sure however its going to be what you are excepting. You may actually have a harder time controlling what is on the page. just an FYI.

I am a huge fan of Apple products bought them my whole life. They are however getting very microsoft-like in every way. Things are getting locked down more and more, software is getting bloated with too many features that service Apples bottom line and not the user. This is coming from 15 year of user Apple experience not an emotional reaction.

Curtis Wiens

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/wallaby/

BOWAHAHAHAHaaaa!

wink

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