Archive for October, 2005

Thoughts on the Flash Player 8.5 alpha?

Last week at MAX, we launched Macromedia Labs to provide early access to pre-release software and technologies. Flash Player 8.5 alpha and documentation for ActionScript 3.0 were released as part of the launch of Labs and the Flex 2 product line alpha.

Now that you’ve had a week to play around with it, I’d be interested in any impressions or feedback you have on the alpha version of Flash Player 8.5…So, how’s it working for you? 😉

Also, since we are considering posting the web player installers separate from the Flex Builder 2 alpha download, I would be interested in your thoughts on that topic, too. Mike Chambers originally opened up the question on his blog.

If you have a beta version of Flash Player 8 – auto-update won’t work for you

We turned on auto-updating today for notifying Flash Player users that there is a new version available for download. For people who installed the beta versions of Flash Player 8, you won’t be able to use the auto-update feature to upgrade — so if you have a public beta version of Flash Player 8 installed, please go to the Player Download Center to get the release version. Otherwise, that upgrade dialog will periodically ask you to enter a process that you can’t complete …

no sleep for the wicked – flash player 8.5 and new flex 2 product line

We announced some exciting developments for the Flash Platform today – Macromedia Flex 2 product line and Flash Player 8.5. With Flash Player 8.5, we are introducing ActionScript 3.0 – an object-oriented, ECMAScript compliant programming language – and a new ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM) designed to execute the new language orders of magnitude faster than the original VM. Both AVM2, the new virtual machine, and AVM1 are supported in the Player for backwards compatibility with existing and legacy content.

The other exciting news is that for the first time ever, we are making alpha versions of Flex Builder and Flash Player 8.5 available in conjunction with this year’s MAX event. If you want to sign up for early notification of when bits are available for download, you can go to:

For more detailed information about the products in today’s announcement, read the Dev Center article Introducing the Flex 2 Product Line.