Introducing Flash Player 10.3 beta!

We recently announced the Incubator program with a preview of the next generation 3D GPU accelerated APIs (Molehill) coming in the Adobe Flash runtimes. As you know, features or builds from the Incubator program include features under development or things we are considering adding. But what about features coming in the next Flash Player release ? Well, we are happy to announce the availability of Flash Player 10.3 beta for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Note : Note that the Incubator builds available in the Incubator program contain the features available in Flash Player 10.3.

Flash Player 10.3 will also be available in the future on mobile devices, we invite you to test the following features and let us know what you think through the Adobe Flash Player 10.3 beta forums:

Media Measurement – Measuring video just got easier. With Flash Player 10.3 and Adobe® SiteCatalyst®, developers can implement video analytics with as little as two lines of code for the first time.  Analytics solutions can use a new set of open APIs to easily implement consistent video analytics irrespective of implementation or delivery protocol.  Media Measurement for Flash allows companies to get real-time, aggregated reporting of how their video content is distributed, what the audience reach is, and how much video is played. For instance, using a very few lines of code you will be able to retrieve all the NetStream instances created in your applications, access any meta data (XMP) associated to media being played, and more through the NetDataEvent event. Make sure to check the NetMonitor API and the additions done to the NetStreamInfo API. We also improved the consistency over events dispatched by the NetStream API when dealing with progressive, HTTP or RTMP streaming. We also added helper APIs like pageDomain property on the Security object to expose domain of the current URL.

Acoustic Echo Cancellation – Flash Player 10.3 enables developers to create real-time online collaboration experiences with high-quality audio, such as telephony, in-game voice chat, and group conferencing applications. Developers can take advantage of acoustic echo cancellation, noise suppression, voice activity detection, and automatic compensation for various microphone input levels. End users will be able to experience higher quality audio facilitating smoother conversation flow, without using a headset. Make sure you check the new MicrophoneEnhancedOptions and Microphone.getEnhancedMicrophone() APIs.

In addition to acoustic echo removal, the following functionality will also be available through the MicrophoneEnhancedOptions API:

  • Noise suppression – Remove ambient noise from microphone input.
  • Automatic gain control – Compensate for level variation of microphone input (due to distance of speaker, etc.).
  • Voice activity detection – Provides information whether speech/voice is detected.

Integration with browser privacy controls for managing local storage – Users will have a simpler way to clear local storage from the browser settings interface – similar to how users clear their browser cookies today. Flash Player 10.3 integrates control of local storage with the browser’s privacy settings in Mozilla Firefox 4, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and higher, and future releases of Apple Safari and Google Chrome. See this related post we published in January.

Native Control Panel – The Global Settings Manager is currently a SWF residing on macromedia.com, Flash Player 10.3 provides users with streamlined controls for managing their Flash Player privacy, security and storage settings. Windows, Mac, and Linux users can access the Flash Player Settings Manager directly from the Control Panels or System Preferences on their computers. See this related post we published in January.

Auto-Update Notification for Mac OS – Flash Player 10.3 supports automatic notification of software updates on Mac OS, making it easier for Mac users to stay current with new capabilities in the latest version of Flash Player.

To download the beta release of Flash Player 10.3, visit Adobe Labs. We look forward to hearing your feedback, which will help us make Flash Player better for you. To log bugs about issues found in Flash Player 10.3 builds, please use the Adobe bugbase at bugs.adobe.com/flashplayer and select Flash Player 10.3 for the version.

32 Responses to Introducing Flash Player 10.3 beta!

  1. Mark says:

    Finally. It sounds great, thanks.

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  6. Alexander says:

    Where is the 64-bit version? The square Preview 3 with 64bit was a 10.3 version.

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  8. Manik Bambha says:

    Looking forward to test echo cancellations

  9. J J says:

    “See this related post we published in January”? Umm, link please?

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  13. Great news! Please release the AIR version also. For Android, wouldn’t most phone/tablets have AEC built in the hardware (as they support speakerphone)? So it just needs to be enabled, but the various interfaces to the HW may be a problem.

  14. Steve says:

    That’s nice. Now, where’s the 64-bit builds?

    Sigh. That’s what I thought.

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  16. Murat says:

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  17. Richard says:

    Wow I can’t wait for this to come out on mobile! I’ve been waiting for this since 10.1 for mobile was announced in 2009! This is going to be great!

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  19. Tab says:

    I am trying to test Flash player 10.3 echocanceller according to release notes but getEnhancedMicrophone() is not fond in Microphone class. Please share if anyone has tested it.

  20. marc babin says:

    I downloaded Adobe flash 10.3 onto my windows xp home system and now I can’t see pictures in youtube. Is there an organization I can complain to about this?

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  22. Mac OS X = Intel only. PPC need not bother.

    left out some more …. yet again …. sigh…..

  23. Michael Papadopoulos says:

    I use Mac OS 10.3.9. To messages that I need to update, my info is that Flash Player
    10.3 beta is the only apropriate version — but downloading has only resulted in corruted files and/or corrupted images. HELP !!

    M

  24. Mikko says:

    Does this version have DeviceFontMode.RENDER_AS_EMBEDDED? I found it in the docs (http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FlashPlatform/beta/reference/actionscript/3/flash/text/engine/DeviceFontMode.html) some time ago but couldn’t find it in the 10.2 player or in the Flex SDK 4.5 builds. Really looking forward to this feature!

  25. Arieta says:

    This all sounds good, especially the embedded settings. But, can we expect hardware accelerated animation layers, not just h264 video? Some layer-heavy games can be very, very slow running on the CPU, transparency effects and High Quality mode (antialiasing) can make them even slower.

    With all browsers moving to hardware accelerated image compositing, this would be a logical choice, and improve cpu usage tenfolds even on entry level GPUs.

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  29. Can’t wait to test the Flash Player 10.3! Sounds like an exciting technology.

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