We posted the Red Bull Backcountry Bombshells video online so that you can view it without downloading and setting up the demo files from the zip. Makes it much easier to view. Huge thanks to Red Bull for providing this awesome, high-quality video to show off this new feature.
Get your friends, parents, co-workers and random people you meet to help us test the beta. We want to get feedback on as many machines as possible!
Got a question about the how security works, or why the security behavior is the way it is in Flash Player, AIR and Reader? Check out Lucas Adamski’s new blog State of Security. Lucas is our Platform Security Strategist, and recently published an article on cross-domain policy files on the Developer Center. He’s a great resource internally, and I’m happy to see him share his expertise with the community through this new blog!
Justin is starting a great new series on his blog called “Why It Works That Way.” He’s your man on the inside, with direct access and real answers. This is a great opportunity to ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask about how Flash Player works.
Don’t miss the video.onflex.org video interview with Ryan Stewart and Tinic Uro about the video quality and performance improvements in Update 3 (now on Adobe Labs).
We recently published the Adobe YUM repository definition for the Linux Flash Player.
YUM is a way for users on RPM-based Linux distributions to check for updates and automatically install them. You can download it from the Linux player download center on Adobe.com.
Special thanks go out to player dev Mike Tilburg for initiating and seeing this project through, Sal M for testing, and the web team (Lisa, Russ, Todd R) for getting this live!
Another set of exciting betas are ready to go for our community! Tonight we have Flash Player 9 update 3, Flex 3 and the anticipated Adobe Integrated Runtime (formerly known as Apollo) betas available for immediate download from Adobe Labs. In addition to all the beta goodness, the Flex team has started the nightly build process and opened up their bugbase. Check out all the details of the Flex info here.
The Flash Player 9 update 3 beta (188.8.131.52) has a little something for everyone. In addition over 300 bug fixes, and the new player cache for Adobe platform components that Ted mentioned on Thursday, we’ve added performance enhancements that will improve your video and interactive content. The hot new feature is full-screen mode with hardware scaling, which can be used to deliver significant improvements in visual quality and performance for video. If you’re interested in the technical details behind this feature and the rest of the performance enhancements, Tinic will be talking about the under-the-hood details on his blog and has also written an article on Adobe Labs on the new API for accessing this feature. There is also a video you can use to see the difference between software and hardware full-screen mode. Check back, if it hasn’t gone live yet…
Note that the hardware scaling feature is enabled BY DEFAULT in beta 1 — it is important for us to get it tested thoroughly this round and get feedback, so if you run into any issues please use the bug form to report your issue and what graphics card you’re using. We will be switching that back in the next beta, so please remember to use the new API in your demos so they continue to work correctly.
In addition to bug fixes, other enhancements in beta 1 include:
* Support for the Accept-Language header in Internet Explorer
* Support for full-screen mode on Linux
* Support for Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) in the Windows plugin (Oops! My mistake – this will be in the next beta)
Don’t forget to review the release notes, and the FAQ!