update Macromedia has added support for Web services protocol SOAP to its Flash
Player for Linux.
The company said the latest Flash Player, released Thursday, offers increased
performance and security. Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), a Web services
protocol that allows independent applications to exchange messages in real time,
helps companies integrate their applications and improve overall efficiency.
Flash Player 7 for Linux is
available for download
from Macromedia and will be included in Linux distributions from major providers
such a Novell, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems and Turbolinux.
Other enhancements in version 7 include performance tweaks that allow Flash
applications to load significantly faster and support for uniform Web
development using cascading style sheets.
said its Flash Player is installed on 98 percent of Internet-connected desktops
as well as a growing number of handheld devices. Flash provides a graphical user
interface that can be embedded within Web sites and used to link with databases.
When used properly, it can make online shopping sites quicker and easier to use
than sites with plain HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) interfaces.
Linux is thought to be used in about 5 percent of desktop systems, and its
popularity is growing quickly. Jeff Whatcott, vice president of product
management at Macromedia, said he wants to ensure that Flash
can be used by Internet users, regardless of which operating system they
"Macromedia wants to make sure Linux users can experience the proven
effectiveness of Flash technology on their platform of choice," Whatcott said.
Macromedia developed Flash 7 with the help of engineers from Sun, which has
heavily promoted its Java Desktop System as a viable alternative to Microsoft's
Chris Peterson, a consultant at software developer MediaSuite Communications,
said the updated Flash Player's flexibility makes it easier to create
applications that help large companies reduce costs when migrating to a new
"Our company has built a rich Internet application using Flash Player on
Linux that delivers a point-of-sale system for more than 700 sales staff members
that retains the look and feel of their previous system, which reduced training
costs," Peterson said.
Munir Kotadia of ZDNet
UK reported from London. CNET News.com's David Becker contributed to this