Flash 10.2 Released – 34 times more efficient, Multi-Screen Support
Last Updated on Wednesday, 9 February 2011 09:38 Written by Naota Wednesday, 9 February 2011 08:56
Adobe released Flash version 10.2 earlier today. With this update comes security enhancements, bug fixes, new APIs, performance enhancements, efficiency improvements and can take full advantage of hardware acceleration!
How did it become more efficient you ask? Well the new Stage Video technology that comes with Flash 10.2 that allows for easier computation for processors. This translates into battery power saving. Stage Video is basically a new flash API that has been optimized further to take full advantage of hardware acceleration and has been coded with efficiency as its goal.
According to Tom Nguyen, Product Manager for flash Runtimes:
Stage Video lets websites take advantage of full hardware acceleration of the entire video pipeline. This builds on the H.264 hardware accelerated decoding in Flash Player 10.1. Stage Video hardware acceleration means that Flash Player can play even higher quality video while using dramatically less processing power, giving users a better experience, greater performance, and longer battery life. In our testing across supported systems, we’ve found it’s up to 34 times more efficient.
Interested in learning more in how to use the Stage Video API? Learn how to use the Stage Video API here.
But that is not all!
Users with multiple monitors can now hit full screen and have flash only fully take up one of their screens. This will allow you to still utilize your other screen while still being immersed in the other.
Additional Features quoted by Tom Nguyen:
- Added support for custom native mouse cursors lets designers and developers create their own static or animated cursors with silky smooth responsiveness, enabling richer game and application interfaces.
- New sub-pixel text rendering enhancements leverage Adobe typography research to further enhance text readability, especially for complex character-based languages.
- Support is included for the GPU rendering technology in Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser.
If you use IE or Firefox you may find the download for flash 10.2 here. If you use Google Chrome, this will be automatically updated for you. Currently Chrome version 9.0.597.94 (stable version) and version 10.0.648.45 (developer version) come with this new version of flash. You can find your version number by hitting the wrench icon in the top right corner and then clicking “About Google Chrome”