news // 2008.07.07 08:42:29 [hh]

"Flash Player 10" Beta 2 auf "Adobe Labs"

Adobe Systems hat die Public Beta 2 seines "Flash Player 10" (Codename: "Astro") auf seiner Pre-Release-Web-Site "Adobe Labs" publiziert. Neu sind neben deutlichen Performance-Steigerungen (auf dem Mac etwa bis zu Faktor 3), 3D-Effekten, Anti-Aliasing, direkter Grafikprozessor-Unterstützung, eine komplett "aufgebohrte" Layout-Engine, sowie Live-Sound-Manipulation.

Informationen von Adobe zu den wichtigsten Features:

"3D Effects - Easily transform and animate any display object through 3D space while retaining full interactivity.  Fast, lightweight, and native 3D effects make motion that was previously reserved for expert users available to everyone.  Complex effects are simple with APIs that extend what you already know.

Custom Filters and Effects - Create and share your own portable filters, blend modes, and fills using Adobe Pixel Bender™, the same technology used for many After Effects CS3 filters. Shaders in Flash Player are about 1KB and can be scripted and animated at runtime.

Advanced Text Layout - A new, highly flexible text layout engine, co-existing with TextField, enables innovation in creating new text controls by providing low-level access to text offering right-to-left and vertical text layout, plus support for typographic elements like ligatures.

Enhanced Drawing API - Runtime drawing is easier and more powerful with re-styleable properties, 3D APIs, and a new way of drawing sophisticated shapes without having to code them line by line.

Visual Performance Improvements - Applications and videos will run smoother and faster with expanded use of hardware acceleration.  By moving several visual processing tasks to the video card, the CPU is free to do more.
Enhanced Sound APIs – Work with loaded MP3 audio at a lower level in Flash Player 10.  The new APIs will let you do application-level audio mixing through ActionScript and even audio filtering with Adobe Pixel Bender."

Bis zu drei mal schneller (besonders auf Macs)

"Flash Player" Engineer Tinic Uro zu den Verbesserungen in seinem Blog: "There have been numerous stability and performance improvements. The most important additions are support for WMODE=transparent and V4L2 cameras (which is still work in progress) on Linux which addresses two of the top 3 feature requests on this platform.

If you have followed GUIMark at all you will notice that this version of the player runs this benchmark substantially better on OSX than any previous Flash Player version. It should be up to 3 times faster. How will this affect you? Well, OSX device text rendering got a huge performance boost. If you use lots of device text you will see a big difference."

Alle Details zu der neuen Version finden sich in den "Beta Release Notes". Die offiziellen Statements von Adobe finden sich im Press Release (deutsches PDF gibt es hier).