Flash Player Update Adds GPU Support, Security Fixes

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Adobe released Flash Player 10.1.82.76 on Tuesday, bringing H.264 GPU-based decoding to Mac OS X 10.6.3. The update also patches several potentially critical security flaws.

To take advantage of the GPU hardware decoding for H.264 HD content, users need Mac OS X 10.6.3 and an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M video card.

The included security patches address issues that could lead to application crashes or could potentially let an attacker take control of your operating system. Adobe is calling the security issues critical and suggests all users update their copy of Flash Player 10 immediately.

The update is free and available at the Adobe Support Web site.

Comments

Tiger

Yet another version ClickToFlash can block.

I’m sure this thread will have a lot of heated discussion.

It’s 91? here at 8:50 a.m. That’s already too hot for a Wednesday morning!

Lee Dronick

Yet another version ClickToFlash can block.

Thank God! smile

Flash has its place, its uses, but I abhor those all Flash websites. Not to mention “Flash is running a script that is making this page run slowly, Abort Script?”

Hot? Here in San Diego we are having the coolest summer in almost a hundred years, several record breaking lows. Not that it is cold, but that there are days when we don’t get above 70?.

geoduck

Too bad you don’t live up here. Right now in Nanaimo it’s 11. Celsius is a wonderful thing. Your 90F is 32C, doesn’t that sound better?

(Unless of course you ARE somewhere that uses Celsius in which case stay away from the guy with the pitchfork.
raspberry

Tiger

Yeah, that whole C to F conversion formula? I think I forgot that after high school back when they made us learn it because the US was changing standards. You know, the Change that didn’t happen.

Sound familiar?
raspberry

geoduck

Oh yes I remember it well.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Adobe can support H.264 hardware decoding on Windows XP, Vista, and 7, as well as a whole slew of mobile devices that have GPUs. But on the Mac, it requires 10.6.3. Why? Because Apple had no APIs to support this prior to Adobe wanting to do it. Hmmmm.

Ethan

Bosco, yup. Quicktime had direct access to the gpu drivers but locked those up and only now opened the drivers for those specific cards in newer macs.

Here is a great breakdown from a Flash Player Engineer when the beta rolled out:
http://blog.kaourantin.net/?p=89

Coupled with the timing changes:
http://blog.kaourantin.net/?p=82

and sorting out the rendering api mess that OS X has:
http://blog.kaourantin.net/?p=81

Post flash 10.1 players are performing much better. I also like these posts as they avoid the flame wars and just talk solid coding overhead issues.

But yes as soon as Apple released the API, those lazy Adobe developers had it in a beta for download.

John Dingler, artist,

Hotter in the North and cooler in the South? If this anomaly becomes a regular pattern, then one thing that could acct. for this is a regular but more severe Earth wobble. As the Earth tilts toward the Sun, and if North America faces the Sun at the same time, this would make Canada and the upper regions warmer and San Diego cooler.

We here in Lost Angeles are also experiencing some cooler than usual weather…kind’a nice.

Oh, as an aside, yes, I too have Click to Flash turned on, this, to shut down the ads., but I have set the preferences to automatically always show YouTube videos.

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