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Adobe posts Flash Player 10.1 for Mac, Windows, Linux

updated 04:35 pm EDT, Thu June 10, 2010

Mac version may be most significant

Months in development, Adobe has finally released Flash Player 10.1, a major update of its web media plugin. The software makes a host of changes, most notably the inclusion of GPU hardware acceleration, which can speed up rendering of overlays, filters and other effects. Developers can also use 3D effects, and custom real-time ones created with Pixel Bender.

Other upgrades include support for dynamic quality during video streaming, dynamic sound generators, and upload/download functions in web apps. Many changes are oriented more towards developers, such as color correction, complex text layouts, easier shape drawing tools and a new voice codec. The Mac download is 7.44MB, and requires Safari, Firefox or Opera running in Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Releases are also available for Windows and Linux systems.

The Mac release may be the most important of the three, as Adobe's plugin has regularly had problems with performance and stability on the platform. In explaining why Flash is not on iOS devices, Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently claimed that the technology is the "number one reason Macs crash," and a general threat to security. A mobile version of Flash Player 10.1 should nevertheless be ready in the second half of the year.


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  1. facebook_Michael

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    Joined: Jun 2010

    +7

    *yawn*

    Who cares? Flash is dead. I installed Click2Flash over a year ago and couldn't be happier. Adobe should focus their efforts on products people actually care about like Photoshop and InDesign.

  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999

    0

    Should I?

    To Flash, or not to Flash? That is the question! Let the crashing begin!

  1. pt123

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2007

    +1

    not dead yet

    Flash dead? I still need it for YouTube, NFL.com, Hulu, UFC.com, etc. Well, maybe I don't need it but the plug-in is installed and things just continue to work great.

  1. russellb

    Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +2

    YouTube ?

    You dont need flash to watch You Tube ?

  1. Le Flaneur

    Senior User

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +3

    not true

    If this is the release version, why doesn't it include H.264 hardware acceleration? This version will *not* install over the hardware-accelerated version, code-named "Gala."

  1. Makosuke

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +5

    Still no GPU on Mac

    The version with GPU h.264 acceleration is still in beta on the Mac--the release version of 10.1 doesn't include that code.

    It's admittedly pretty new, so I can see why Adobe wouldn't want to hold up the overall release while they get the kinks worked out of that feature. On the other hand, given how much they've been hyping it, it's rather disappointing that it's been quietly omitted from the Mac version.

    Also, being snide, how unstable must GPU acceleration be if *Adobe* isn't willing to stick it in a release version of *Flash*? Given Adobe's proven commitment to Flash stability on the Mac (see the sarcasm there?), GPU acceleration must crash if you so much as look at it wrong for it not to make the cut.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Still no GPU on Mac

    It's admittedly pretty new, so I can see why Adobe wouldn't want to hold up the overall release while they get the kinks worked out of that feature. On the other hand, given how much they've been hyping it, it's rather disappointing that it's been quietly omitted from the Mac version.

    Flash is a multi-platform plug-in. Holding up it's release for a 'minor' platform (one in which the platform's owner has shown little interest in making it work) would be silly.

    Also, being snide, how unstable must GPU acceleration be if *Adobe* isn't willing to stick it in a release version of *Flash*?

    And maybe if Apple helped them out, it would be done now, but Apple has it's own intentions: complain and dismiss anything they themselves don't own or control, pushing open standards as a 'solution', while keeping the areas they do control proprietary and closed.

  1. pairof9s

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2008

    +5

    Tired excuse

    "And maybe if Apple helped them out, it would be done now, but Apple has it's own intentions: complain and dismiss anything they themselves don't own or control, pushing open standards as a 'solution', while keeping the areas they do control proprietary and closed."

    ---

    This train of thought has really become a tired crutch for anyone complaining about Apple. This has been and will probably always be their M.O., DNA...it's how Apple has chosen to develop and sell their products. Some people wish to have that kind of product, one in which all aspects of the user experience is provided; it takes out the hassle or effort to have to deal with customization. To say that is wrong is a prejudice not validated by anyone on these forums.

    I'd say Apple's financial success is every indication that a great number of people are quite satisfied with their approach...especially after 25 years!

    /

  1. facebook_Fred

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    Joined: Jun 2010

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    Don't update if you use Workamajig!!

    Installed the update and now Workamajig is broken. Every time I try to log in is gives an error. I did not upgrade my MacBook Pro (its running Flash 10) and Workamajig works fine. Frustrating.

  1. emark

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    Joined: Feb 2001

    -1

    flash with GPU acceleration is available

    google: adobe labs flash gala

    the gala version, though still beta, offers the gpu support; of course, only supports certain GPUs

    Do make sure to use the latest uninstaller before installing the newer versions.

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