Flash Player 9 update 3, Flex 3 and Apollo betas now available on Adobe Labs!

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 (9.0.60.120) 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:
* Enhancements to ExternalInterface to enable recursive calls to and from JavaScript (not available in Opera or Netscape yet), and to support runtime errors from JavaScript to ActionScript
* 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!