Last week there were several reports that users on the new 21.5″ and 27″ iMacs were having issues playing Flash-based video. By the end of the week, most of the posts and forums had resolved themselves to believing that the issue wasn’t limited to Flash Player, but appeared to be an issue with the AirPort driver.
Apple released the Mac OSX 10.6.2 update yesterday, and the release notes state:
“this update addresses video playback and performance issues for iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009) and iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) computers that may occur in some situations while AirPort is turned on”
If you’re having video playback issues on your new iMac, try the 10.6.2 update. If you still have Flash Player issues after the update, please file a bug.
Adobe has posted an FAQ about Leopard support for CS products.
Yes, Flash Player 9 is Leopard-compatible and we will continue to work with Apple on any outstanding issues. We’re working on a player specific technote to call out known issues, such as the one with FileReference upload/download which will be fixed in the upcoming Moviestar release.
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The SWFFix Dev blog announced on Wednesday the public alpha of a new open source detection kit. The best detection minds are working together to solve your Flash Player embedding and detection issues — the project was started by Geoff Stearns (of SWFObject), Bobby Van der Sluis (of UFO) and Michael Williams from the Flash Player team (Adobe detection kit and Express Install).
Flash Player 9 (9.0.47) for Solaris (x86 and sparc) is now available for download at adobe.com.
Flash Player on Solaris supports Solaris 10. The functionality is equivalent to the original Linux release in January, so keep in mind this means no full-screen mode support. The only new known issue is that the player on Solaris does not support any camera or sound drivers at this time. Release Notes
Thanks to everyone who tested the beta on Adobe Labs!
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!
We announced a new, free desktop media player at NAB today called the Adobe Media Player, which will be available for download as a prerelease on Adobe Labs later this year. It’s one of the first Apollo applications from Adobe, and it’s exciting to see us working on such a great showcase application. Yes, you can download and play your Flash videos straight from the desktop!
It’s been one of those long standing requests from the community that we provide some way to play FLV content back in an “official” standalone player. But Adobe Media Player is much more than a simple standalone FLV Player – it rounds out our internet video offerings by providing a new way for content providers to deliver their content, and end-users to access their favorite TV shows and video podcasts in the web’s most popular video format. More info in the press release and the FAQ on Adobe Labs.
Of course, Flash Player continues to be the preferred choice for streaming content within the browser, and the team is working with the Flash Media Server and Apollo teams to deliver enhancements. We’re working on further improving the quality and performance of full screen viewing, and you’ll see that show up in a future update to Flash Player 9 as well as Apollo (which means, of course, Adobe Media Player can take advantage of it for high-fidelity video playback.) We’ll also support the encrypted streaming enhancements mentioned in the media player press release, in a Flash Player 9 update later this year.
Stay tuned to Adobe Labs for the prerelease of Adobe Media Player!
Starting today, visitors to the Flash Player Download Center on Adobe.com may be presented with the option to install the free Google Toolbar as part of the download process. The offer is only made to visitors using Internet Explorer on Windows, who don’t already have the Google Toolbar installed. This is part of the Google Toolbar agreement announced last June, and the toolbar is also being offered on the Adobe Reader Download Center and as part of the Shockwave Player installation process. Yes, this does mean that the Yahoo! Toolbar is no longer being offered on the Download Center. For more information about the toolbar offer, please visit the FAQ.
This offer is only made on Adobe.com for Flash Player and developers can continue to design in-context installation experiences for their site that do not require sending users to Adobe.com. Adobe also offers free distribution licenses for intranet and fixed media distribution of Flash Player.
Adobe has contributed source code from the ActionScript Virtual Machine* to a new open source project, called Tamarin, to be hosted by the Mozilla Foundation. The goal is to build a high-performance open source implementation of the ECMAScript 4th edition (ES4) language specification. The project page and source code will be immediately available as part of this announcement.
Check out the following resources to learn more about the project:
Developer Center Logged In article
Tamarin project page on mozilla.org
* No, Adobe is not open sourcing the Flash Player. ;-P We are contributing source code for the ActionScript Virtual Machine, the scripting language engine component within Flash Player. ActionScript 3.0 runs on the Tamarin virtual machine in Flash Player 9.
Ryan has an interview with the author of Penguin.SWF on his ZDNet blog. If you’ve been following Mike’s blog, this is probably mostly a recap of the topics that have already been discussed. But sometimes it’s nice to see it all summarized in one place, and hopefully it will reach out to a wider audience and spread the good word.