Flash Player 9 for Solaris now available!

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!

Red Bull Backcountry Bombshells video for hardware scaling demo now online on Adobe Labs

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!

Check out State of Security – a new Adobe blog

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!

Why It Works That Way: You ask, Justin answers

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.

video interview: Ryan and Tinic dish about video improvements in Flash Player 9

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).

YUM repository definition for Linux Flash Player available

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!

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!

Now Available: ActionScript Virtual Machine 2 (AVM2) Overview

The ActionScript Virtual Machine 2 (AVM2) Overview document is now available on the newly revamped ActionScript Technology Center. It’s a bit of a techie document, but it is interesting for folks that are working with the open source Tamarin project. The overview describes the instructions, associated data structures, and file format supported by the AVM2.

We reorganized the ActionScript dev center so the information was more logically grouped into “getting started”, “migration” and “more details”. It’s still quite long, so I consider it to be a work in progress ;-)

p.s. Yes, the SWF and FLV file format specification is also coming soon. There was some work required to update the EULA language with the Adobe wording and cleaning up some of the poorly worded terms which took a while to hash out and get approved. The basic structure is the same — the spec is for figuring out how to output SWFs. I’ll post an announcement as soon as it is online.

(tiny) clarification on bi-directional text support in the next Flash Player

I see that my fellow product manager, Matt Chotin, has “committed” support for bi-directional text support in the next major version of Flash Player on the Flex Components Yahoo group. :-D

Don’t worry, I’m not taking it back. Be assured that bi-di is a long requested capability that we do indeed intend to support in the platform. But I thought I’d clarify a bit since people will want more details.

First off, as everyone knows, the text layout engine in the current Flash Player does not support bi-di. There are plenty of ways that you can simulate it for certain use cases, but we acknowledge that it falls well-short of what our developers need. To address the shortcomings and limitations, we are improving the text layout capabilities in the next Flash Player so that at a low level it will enable support of bi-di and complex text in your applications. The new low level text framework will be used to build text components (probably a library of text components) with greater functionality than what we have today.

Want to help us figure out what we should be working on? Are there components you would expect Adobe to provide? What types of applications are you trying to build? Let us know what your requirements would be for improved text layout, bi-di or other things you’d like to do with text in your content and applications that you can’t do today.

Flash Player 9 Solaris Beta refresh

If you’re testing the beta of Flash Player 9 for Solaris (x86, SPARC), there is a new beta drop available on Adobe Labs.