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Adobe launches Flash 10

Adobe launches Flash 10

The latest Flash build introduces native 3D support, performance enhancements, and Pixel Bender functionality.

Fans of the rich-content made available on the web by Adobe's Flash Player will be pleased to hear that yesterday saw the official launch of Flash Player 10.

According to BetaNews, the latest Flash release coincides with the simultaneous RTM of Creative Suite 4, Adobe's premier content creation software. The delay due to wanting a simultaneous release with CS4 may go some way to explaining why Adobe managed to get pipped to the post with Microsoft launching the second release of its Flash competitor Silverlight two days earlier, and also why the latest build had a longer than usual six month beta period.

Despite setbacks, the new Flash build is looking to be a major improvement on prior builds. Aside from some snazzy performance enhancements, the latest version introduces native support for three-dimensional objects within Flash animations, improved text layout functionality for bi-directional and right-to-left languages such as Arabic, and the inclusion of Adobe's Pixel Bender technology.

Originally limited to Adobe's After Effects package, Pixel Bender is a method for creating custom effects which can be animated at runtime, rather than pre-rendered in advanced. This allows for greater levels of interaction than has been previously possible via plain-old Flash, and offers a range of ways to spruce up two-dimensional images within the Flash Player.

If you're curious what the latest Flash player has to offer above prior editions, the team over at Adobe have put together a bunch of demos for you to have a play around with.

Do you believe that this latest build of Flash will keep the threat of Silverlight away from Adobe's doors for at least another generation, or is it too little too late? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Flibblebot 16th October 2008, 10:15 Quote
Well, apart from the fact that Silverlight has been foisted on the unaware, courtesy of Microsoft Update, do any websites actually use it in preference to Flash?

I think MS are probably too late to the table to capture any major share of the market, surely?
steveo_mcg 16th October 2008, 10:21 Quote
Can't say i've ever stumbled across a silverlight site.

I just hope flash block won't have to be updated or will be updated quickly. I haven't even got it installed on ff my work machine IE has it installed so if i need flash i switch to ie tab and at home i run flash block and very rarely allow anything.
NeedlesKane 16th October 2008, 10:29 Quote
They managed to get rid of netscape didnt they? how do we know they wont pull some stupid stunt again. bah ignore me, im just a flash hater...
Crunch77 16th October 2008, 11:27 Quote
Hoping to see some improvements with ver 10. Seen several machines with heavy cpu usage with flash 9 and beta 10. Main rig is fine though.
p3n 16th October 2008, 12:18 Quote
One of the American news networks were using silverlight for their Olympic coverage, never used it myself...
Blademrk 16th October 2008, 13:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flibblebot
Well, apart from the fact that Silverlight has been foisted on the unaware, courtesy of Microsoft Update, do any websites actually use it in preference to Flash?

I think MS are probably too late to the table to capture any major share of the market, surely?

One of my aunties friends got married in Vegas, part of the hotels wedding package (The Belargio I think) included having the marriage ceremony being filmed and streamed on the hotels website for relatives/friends who couldn't attend and that used Silverlight (hadn't even heard of it before that).
Redbeaver 16th October 2008, 13:57 Quote
lol its funny how evrybody that posted here including myself read the news immediately wanna comment on silverlight instead of the new flash..

but yes indeed... MS has a long way to go to compete with Flash...

as for instaling it on my own pc, of course, flash one of the first thing i installed in my computer and all computer in the office.... some part of corporate sites in the IT field required flash... some workspace seriously can't run without flash....

...so hate it as much as u want, but it's here to stay.
leexgx 17th October 2008, 02:20 Quote
flash needs CPU cut down when rendering things like shaders {try http://www.speedtest.net on Firefox 3.0 i find does not matter what cpu you got (2.0 is ok unless the pc is slow) or an slow computer or no video driver installed you get my point }
Spaceraver 17th October 2008, 04:55 Quote
As long as i can block it im okay with it.
And Bit is on my whitelist. Alltho the ads are seldom applicable to my country.
DougEdey 17th October 2008, 06:53 Quote
I wonder if the Linux client will WORK anything like the Windows one? Maybe some z-ordering fixes? Stop crashing every 15 mins? Actually play audio nicely? Not lag severely? Buffer properly?

You know, minor improvements...
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