updated 08:25 am EDT, Thu July 14, 2011
Adobe Flash 11 beta and AIR 3 bet arrive
Adobe has moved past Flash 10 technology for the first time in earnest with the posting of a Flash 11 beta and a corresponding AIR 3 beta. The two introduce Stage3D, a set of programming standards for "low-level" graphics acceleration. Nicknamed "Molehill," they allow for more advanced 3D in the plugin as well as better 2D performance.
The code is now 64-bit native on Linux, Macs, and Windows PCs. Audiovisual compression takes extra precedence as it can now encode H.264 video when sending it out from a webcam as well as compress audio into the same G.711 format used by traditional phone lines to save the trouble of converting during a VoIP call to a real number.
Adobe is short on hard requirements for Flash 11 but, for AIR 3, needs at least an Intel Core Duo Mac running Snow Leopard or Lion, or a 1.6GHz Atom (2.33GHz desktop chip) Windows PX using at least XP. The company hasn't said how soon it expects final releases of either software.