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Adobe previews 64-bit Flash

Adobe previews 64-bit Flash

Adobe's Flash Player now comes in a 64-bit flavour, dubbed 'Square,' for all operating systems.

Reports of the demise of the 64-bit edition of Adobe's Flash Player, removed from the website back in June, may have been premature: Adobe has just launched a new Flash Player version with full 64-bit support across all operating systems.

Unlike the previous release, which was limited to Linux platforms, the new Flash Player supports 64-bit browsers on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, replacing the original Linux-only version with one that Adobe's Paul Betlam claims should be "even faster and more reliable."

The new Flash Player, dubbed "Square," is also designed to take advantage of the GPU offload capabilities built into the recently released Internet Explorer 9 Beta. Betlam claims that by using the GPU, testing of Square has revealed "significant improvements in Flash Player graphics performance - exceeding 35 per cent in Internet Explorer 9 Beta compared to Flash Player running in previous versions of IE."

While Betlam states that the version of Square currently up for download should be pretty stable and is ready for broad testing, he warns that "this a sneak peak and not everything will be fully baked." Users that encounter issues are encouraged to submit a bug report to Adobe's public database for investigation.

All Square versions are available for download now from Adobe's Labs site.

Will you be trying out the new, shiny, 64-bit enabled Flash, or has Adobe already lost you to the new world of HTML 5 - or even Microsoft's rival Silverlight? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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proxess 16th September 2010, 09:59 Quote
Cool. 64bit all the way. About time too.
mi1ez 16th September 2010, 10:15 Quote
Need to try this with IE9pb1...

64bit goodness!
Hustler 16th September 2010, 10:53 Quote
Over the years Flash has caused more problems for me, than just about ANY other single piece of software....

You name, i've had it....from 'driver stopped responding' to total PC Hard locks, which needed a total power down to get back in....

How did such a buggy piece of crap become the internet standard that it did?......

I have very little time for Steve Jobs and Apple, but for me, his views on Flash and non inclusion on Apple hardware are bang on the money.
Omnituens 16th September 2010, 11:12 Quote
About freaking time.

Though I'm going to wait until The Final Countdown Version.
Yemerich 16th September 2010, 11:41 Quote
In the same page that you install the 64 bit version, you also have the "uninstall tool" as a separate proggie.
I am using it for two days now and I have any problems so far. But I have not noticed any difference. But I am not a hardcore flash user.
perplekks45 16th September 2010, 12:54 Quote
What exactly are you bitching about? It's a developer's preview build! Oh my GOD, you have to update it manually!!!

Go OSX if you can't be bothered...
Hustler 16th September 2010, 13:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by perplekks45
What exactly are you bitching about? It's a developer's preview build! Oh my GOD, you have to update it manually!!!

Go OSX if you can't be bothered...

And do you know the difference between a Beta and an official release?.......a name.
GoodBytes 16th September 2010, 13:50 Quote
What happen to Adobe?
Since when they give 2 crap about Flash?
I guess finally having serious competition (HTML5 and Silverlight) woke them up.
dangerman1337 16th September 2010, 14:49 Quote
Hurrah!
Guinevere 16th September 2010, 15:03 Quote
Oh I've been so looking forward to a decent 64bit zero day exploit and here's Adobe to deliver :)
Icy EyeG 16th September 2010, 18:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hustler
And do you know the difference between a Beta and an official release?.......a name.

:(

I have a question though, now that I have flash on 64-bit IE9, does anyone knoe a way to make windows 7 allow it to be the default browser? (Windows doesn't let 64-bit IE9 to be the default browser, only the 32-bit one.)
lacuna 17th September 2010, 17:15 Quote
That could well be the first the first time anyone has ever asked how to make IE their default browser!
perplekks45 17th September 2010, 19:03 Quote
It's my default browser at work... :(

Damnit, bwin! Get your stuff together and start programming/designing internal apps for proper browsers!

Then again... Sharepoint will never really support FF, will it? ;)
Timmy_the_tortoise 17th September 2010, 19:10 Quote
Downloaded this earlier today.

First thing I did was go on Youtube in Namoroka (Firefox 64-bit) and watch a video. The video played fine, but then at the end the browser crashed....

Still needs ironing out.
Taniniver 17th September 2010, 20:12 Quote
I was going to give this a try, but it looks like there are no official 64 bit versions of Firefox yet!

And to anyone running one of the unofficial builds of it - do the regular plugins still work?
Timmy_the_tortoise 17th September 2010, 20:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Taniniver
I was going to give this a try, but it looks like there are no official 64 bit versions of Firefox yet!

And to anyone running one of the unofficial builds of it - do the regular plugins still work?

Only one that didn't work for me was Echofon... and I have a lot of plugins.
jimmyjj 17th September 2010, 21:25 Quote
What actually is the benefit of using a 64 bit browser? The only one I can see is that it would be able to access more than 2 GB of system memory at one time (and surely 2GBs is more than enough).
GoodBytes 17th September 2010, 21:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Taniniver
I was going to give this a try, but it looks like there are no official 64 bit versions of Firefox yet!

And to anyone running one of the unofficial builds of it - do the regular plugins still work?
You have for Internet Explorer and "Other" web browser (firefox, chrome, safari, etc.).


Quote:
Originally Posted by jimmyjj
What actually is the benefit of using a 64 bit browser? The only one I can see is that it would be able to access more than 2 GB of system memory at one time (and surely 2GBs is more than enough).
Performance.
A web browser in 64-bit by itself, doesn't need the performance, let alone a 32-bit web browser doesn't provide any benefit over 16-bit web browser, seeing simple web pages.
With the awake of the CPU and GPU intensive HTML5, and as well complex Flash applications and HD videos (in Flash) and complex Java applications which are all CPU intensive, going 64-bit will provide (as son as it's optimized) better security, and much better performance.
Play a HD video in a window in Flash, or some complex Flash animation, look how one of your processors usage sky rocket. Going 64-bit will/should significantly reduce that (this also means gaining battery life in comparison to the 32-bit on laptops).
I don't expect ground breaking performance on this first 64-bit version of Flash... time will provide better optimization and performance. But at least it opens that door.
thehippoz 17th September 2010, 22:01 Quote
chrome doesnt have a 64 bit windows browser far as I know.. but they have a linux build

here's the nightly builds for firefox if you want to try it out..

ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/nightly/latest-mozilla-central/

ie had 64 bit forever- might try the firefox plugin on the atom to see if it can do 720p
Icy EyeG 17th September 2010, 22:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by lacuna
That could well be the first the first time anyone has ever asked how to make IE their default browser!

Thank you! ;)

I thought it could be a challenging question!
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 19th September 2010, 17:27 Quote
I'm soooooooo DONE with Adobe.

64 bit flash is like 4 years late and a field day for exploits and viruses.

I'm no Apple fan but Steve Jobs is right, Adobe SUCKS!

I'll take HTML 5 Silverlight or someting outta a vending machine with mold growing on it over Adobe.
perplekks45 20th September 2010, 08:11 Quote
I really wonder how all this "Adobe sucks..." from Steve-O will affect the long-term release cycle of other Adobe products, such as Photoshop, on OSX.
What if Adobe decides to make it PC-exclusive just to piss of Mr Jobs?

I know this won't probably ever happen because it'd hurt their sales so badly but what would happen to Mac sales?
Brooxy 20th September 2010, 11:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by perplekks45
Then again... Sharepoint will never really support FF, will it? ;)

Yup it will. I had a SharePoint 2010 course at work not that long ago - we were told that it has been designed with IE, FF and Chrome all in mind - the demonstration seemed to back this up as well.

Microsoft are getting better at this new fangled multi browser support thing.
perplekks45 21st September 2010, 07:49 Quote
If that happens, I'll happily uninstall IE 8 immediately! The only reason I use it at work is that any files opened through FF from Sharepoint sites will be saved locally. Such a pain in the arse. :(
GoodBytes 21st September 2010, 08:07 Quote
Why do you need SharePoint in Firefox? If it's to to sync Firefox between system, then just Firefox Sync in Firefox 4
perplekks45 21st September 2010, 09:45 Quote
Unfortunately our company decided to use MOSS as storage system for all documentation and information. Also for all documents relating to internal projects...

Yep... great stuff.
sebus 2nd October 2010, 15:59 Quote
In Namoroka 3.6.3 x64 flash will play (no matter what site, Youtube, BBC News pages, iPlayer etc) for exactly 40 seconds.
After that time Namoroka crashes... every time!

And, no, I do not want to upgrade to FF 4 x64 nightly build as yet (as most of the extensions do not work in v4 yet)
perplekks45 3rd October 2010, 18:34 Quote
I watched a football live stream (almost 115 minutes in total) in Namoroka with the x64 beta with no problems whatsoever... will check version of both when I'm back home on Tuesday if you want me to.
sebus 6th October 2010, 21:06 Quote
Please do, would be nice to know
Shockwave Flash 10.2.d161

sebus
perplekks45 7th October 2010, 07:40 Quote
Well... I can't anymore, sorry. After the last updated Namoroka decided that it'd be more fun to not start again... ever. :/

I'll re-install tonight or tomorrow morning though.
sebus 7th October 2010, 08:07 Quote
Updated Namoroka? I believe in x64 flavor there was only ONE release 3.6.3

I am not interested (as I said) in firefox-4.0b8pre as most add-ons/extensions that I use do NOT work in 4.0

sebus
perplekks45 7th October 2010, 12:01 Quote
Well... I downloaded the latest nightly build, which of course gets updated. ;)

Clicky
sebus 12th October 2010, 19:28 Quote
There seems to be no way to get any kind of support from Adobe (not even fill the fault report...)

sebus
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