Adobe will release major updates to its Flash Player and AIR products in early October, the company said on Tuesday.
Major updates to Adobe's Flash Player and AIR products are coming in October. Photo credit: Adobe
Flash Player 11 comes with a new architecture for
hardware-accelerated graphics rendering. Previously codenamed
'Molehill', it now has the official moniker of Stage 3D. The new
version of Flash Player also has a new lightweight framework for 2D
graphics and animations, dubbed 'Starling'.
Developers wanting to publish Flash apps for Flash-unfriendly
platforms such as iOS will be able to do so by packaging them in AIR
3, the latest iteration of Adobe's
allows for rendering performance that is 1,000 times faster than that
achievable on Flash Player 10 — unless the customer is using
"mom's old PC with Windows XP", in which case it is only two to 10
times faster, according to Flash Player product manager Tom Nguyen.
"It enables new classes of console-quality games and immersive
apps... Stage 3D enables content that efficiently animates millions of
objects on screen, smoothly rendered at 60 frames per second," Nguyen
wrote in a
blog post on Tuesday. "The result is fluid, cinematic app and game
Nguyen outlined a new 3D framework called Proscenium, which
Adobe will soon make available through Adobe Labs.
allow developers using Flash Builder to rapidly prototype experiences
focused on simple content interaction and display, whether for simple
games, visualisation, or high-quality rendering of small object
collections," he said.
Flash Player 11 includes full native support for 64-bit
browsers, while AIR 3 supports native extensions that allow
AIR-packaged apps to use a device's sensors and near-field communication (NFC) features. AIR
3 also makes it possible to have in-app payments and use multiple
Crucially, AIR 3 is the first version to let
developers to package their apps so that users do not have to download
AIR before installing the app itself on an Android, Windows or Mac OS
Other new features in the updated runtime are content protection for video being
streamed to mobile platforms, the ability to display full frame-rate
HD video within AIR apps on iOS devices using H.264 decoding, and
support for rental and subscription options.
The updates come at a troubling time for Adobe, as even Microsoft
is now veering away from Flash compatibility in much of its upcoming
Windows 8 operating system. Apple has been cool
on the technology for years. While Linux browsers will benefit
from the 64-bit support in Flash Player 11, Adobe dropped
its AIR development for the open-source platform back in June.
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