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Flash Player 10.2 out of beta, drops all PPC support

updated 11:55 pm EST, Tue February 8, 2011

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Today's release of Adobe Flash Player 10.2.152.26 is considered final by Adobe, according to the company's Flash Team Blog, and ushers in a new level of hardware-accelerated video decoding in most modern Intel Macs -- including new privacy features, multi-monitor fullscreen support, improved sub-pixel rendering designed to make on-screen fonts clearer, native custom mouse cursors and other features. High-definition playback on supported Macs -- all models with a Nvidia GeForce 9400M or better, or discrete video cards of 128MB RAM or higher -- shows a dramatic reduction in CPU usage to play back 1080p Flash video, from 90 percent single-CPU use prior to hardware decoding down to less than 20 percent.

Adobe refers to the hardware acceleration support as Stage Video, and says that providers need only make a small change in their SWF player files, so performance improvements will not yet be widely seen until content hosts update. Most of the big-name video content web providers such as YouTube and Vimeo have already started implementing the changes. Support has also been added into Microsoft's upcoming Internet Explorer 9 for GPU rendering as well as being incorporated natively into Google Chrome.

The company has dropped all support for PowerPC-based players, including security updates, in a clear sign that the 10.1/10.2 releases are a "reference" release for Flash playback. Mac requirements now call for Intel Macs running 10.4 or higher, with support for most major browsers including Safari 4 and higher, Firefox 3 and higher, the aforementioned Google Chrome (v2 and higher), Opera 9.5 or later and AOL Desktop 1.0 or higher.

Product Manager Tom Nguyen also promised more information on mobile Flash and Adobe Air updates next week, at the Mobile World Congress.



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  1. slapppy

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    +3

    Too little...

    ...too late. Oh now you guys finally get around to "fixing" it. Whatever.

  1. lkrupp

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    Too little, too late?

    I'd bet some serious money that Apple iOS engineers and Adobe Flash engineers are locked away in some secure basement room at 1 Infiniti Loop in Cupertino and won't be let out until they have something.

  1. hayesk

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    +7

    What about the rest of it.

    It isn't just video playback that's slow, buggy, and uses too much RAM and CPU. Their animation engine isn't the peak of efficient coding either.

  1. Tim_s

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    +2

    Requirements?

    Except that when you view system requirements you get this: Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor, PowerPC® G3 500MHz or faster processor. It also says it's a Universal Binary.

    Someone at Adobe still doesn't know what they're doing. Could just be the web monkeys not updating the page, but really, where's the proof that Adobe is competent anymore?

  1. WaltFrench

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    No PPC Support? Such a shame

    Apple retired the G5 in 2006, about five years ago. OSX 10.6 doesn't support PPC machines any more. These chips were pretty advanced in their time but never made the transition to lower power that this Flash upgrade emphasizes.

    Anyway, if you want the latest and greatest, you're not using a PPC machine.

    I'm no huge fan of Adobe, but lack of PPC support actually shows some focus on what works best for the huge majority of users who have moved their older machines into roles where a few watts of extra CPU for viewing video or playing games is small potatoes. Dropping PPC support should be a footnote, not a headline item.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Requirements?

    Someone at Adobe still doesn't know what they're doing. Could just be the web monkeys not updating the page, but really, where's the proof that Adobe is competent anymore?

    The same thing happens on the web sites of all companies. Apple's web site will, at times, contain incorrect information, or have content posted that isn't meant for release.

    And I don't know what you're looking at. I couldn't find mention that its universal or supports PPC. The system requirements page specifically states intel and PPC is no longer supported.

  1. testudo

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    Re: What about the rest of it.

    It isn't just video playback that's slow, buggy, and uses too much RAM and CPU. Their animation engine isn't the peak of efficient coding either.

    Parts of those are also offloaded to the video card, such as the "improved sub-pixel rendering".

  1. WaltFrench

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    No PPC Support? Such a shame

    Apple retired the G5 in 2006, about five years ago. OSX 10.6 doesn't support PPC machines any more. These chips were pretty advanced in their time but never made the transition to lower power that this Flash upgrade emphasizes.

    Anyway, if you want the latest and greatest, you're not using a PPC machine.

    I'm no huge fan of Adobe, but lack of PPC support actually shows some focus on what works best for the huge majority of users who have moved their older machines into roles where a few watts of extra CPU for viewing video or playing games is small potatoes. Dropping PPC support should be a footnote, not a headline item.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    No thanks, my iPhone is not the only thing virus free, so is my MacBook Pro. I don't use Adobe Ad Player. I love the fact I don't have to see flash ads, oh so much. And you know what, I'd click your ads too, if you had non-Flash ones, but oh well YOU LOSE! This is a tech website, GET WITH THE DAY. DITCH FLASH.

  1. facebook_Eric

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    got mine

    No wait for me. I pre-ordered mine last week and got it Monday... It works great on Verizon.

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