Flash Player 10.1 build 3 rocks!

There are few things in this world that get better and better over time. Wine comes to mind and so do vintage Porsches. When it comes to software though, it gets incrementally harder to improve quality. I think however that Flash Player 10.1, build 3 is an exception. (DISCLAIMER: I work for Adobe and while attempting to always be un-biased, may unintentionally not be completely neutral).

So what has been done? The major changes in beta 3 update include support for hardware video
decoding on more netbooks and PCs. From the product management (in their words):

“The Broadcom Crystal HD chip is a video decoder chip found in newer Pine Trail netbooks, like HP’s Mini 210, while the GMA 500 chip is in many netbooks, from Dell’s Mini 10 to Sony’s Vaio netbooks and others.”

There is also some enhanced hardware acceleration on many other hardware platforms and chipsets. What many people have noticed seems to be an improvement in performance on both PC and Mac devices although I have not yet run any tests. Tests are hard to run in any event due to the way the garbage colelction works. The Flash Player uses the same Mark-Sweep pattern as the Java Virtual Machine and just because something is “marked” as memory that may be reclaimed, it does not immediately get reclaimed until the memory is required. This is because in some cases, running the GC may take more CPU time than the memory being reclaimed would provide as a benefit (which is just good engineering).

On mobile, the peephole pattern is used to only render that which is currently in use on the display lists actively viewed area. This is a cool invention.

OK – enough of me talking. Time to get it for yourself and help us test it. We have an open bug database which we encourage you to submit and vote bugs to (BTW – there are a lot of bug fixes in the latest release). Get involved here:

DOWNLOAD: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html
LOG ISSUES: http://bugs.adobe.com/flashplayer/
FORUMS: http://forums.adobe.com/community/labs/flashplayer10/

Note that some of this blog post was copied from our internal briefing document. I do stuff like that because I am a lazy Adobe evangelist, I live in Vancouver and would much rather spend my time watching Olympic Ice Hockey this week ;-P

Invitation to E-seminar P2P Programming in Flash Player 10.1

Join me for online e-seminar on P2P Programming in Flash. I will be covering basics of P2P in Flash, new P2P features in Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Stratus, P2P bits of LCCS, Multicast, RTMFP Groups and future possibilities.
Free registration here (+ add event to your calendar)
Date: Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Time:

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM (San [...]

Video: Brightcove about Flash Player 10.1 on mobile devices

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I bumped in to Cameron Church from Brightcove. We talked about the Brightcove Mobile Experience and Cameron explains how Flash Player 10.1 expands Brightcove’s reach to smart phone users.

For more info about Brightcove, check out brightcove.com.

Example Added for GpxAs3 – The Flash/Flex GPX Library

Last week I added an example file to the GPX library that Simeon and I created for Flex/Flash/AIR applications. If you haven’t seen it and are interested in checking it out you can grab the code from the project page on GitHub.

The example provided is a very, very basic one that just takes a GPX file and plots the waypoints on Google Maps. It’s an AIR application so to use it you just drag and drop the GPX file onto the app. The code is here.

I haven’t been able to do anything cool with it yet, but I have some things in mind once I get a bit of downtime. If you’re using it, I’d love to hear about it.

Flex/Flash Evangelism Kit

Greetings! I’ve recently joined the Flex Product Marketing team after years working on ColdFusion, and before that was actually on the Flex 1.0 team when we still called it Royale. Something that we’ve heard from you guys is that you need help championing Flex and Flash Builder to your customers or even within your own organizations. I’m now working to put materials together that can help you in these endeavors. We’re looking to have things like proof points, presentation materials, and other assets that can help you evangelize Flex in whatever form may be best for you. I’m therefore looking for feedback on the kinds of things that you’d like to see. Some ideas that we’re considering are: a product roadmap, examples of ROI and business justification, competitive comparisons, customer success stories, architecture slides and whitepapers, etc. There is a lot of material we could provide, and we’ll likely not have it all ready at once, so this will be an ongoing process. But in the meantime, please send your ideas on what would be most helpful as we begin getting Flex 4 out the door.
Feel free to respond in comments or if you’d feel more comfortable sharing your feedback directly I can be reached at kwebb AT adobe DOT com.

Cheers,
Kristen

New Flex 4 Workshop now online – NY May 13

For Flash and the City, Kevin Schmidt and I will be giving a 5 hour workshop on Flex 4 (link). This will be a hardcore, hands on boot camp to teach all the core concepts of Flex 4 (new Spark architecture etc.) in one evening.

The entire day will be run in a code camp style, each lab being chosen by participants. The presenters will come prepared to teach over 30 modules including topics such as Web Services, REST style data paging, Flash Remoting, 3D effects, working with the Datagrid, the new Flex 4 graphics packages (Spark), video, XML, graphs, integration with Java , saving data to a hard drive, storing data locally in AIR’s SQLite database and much more.

All attendees will receive a preparation guide to help them get set up with the correct software prior to the event itself. Upon leaving, each attendee will receive all the completed code and materials to re-use as reference material. Demo software will be provided for download prior to the event and resources for further learning will be shown at the end of the day.

How to get in?

You must register for Flash and the City as soon as possible here. The cost is very cheap for the whole 4 days plus there will be tons of good parties etc (that is how the organizer lured me).

yFiles FLEX diagram editor sample added to Tour de Flex

Michael Schroeder from yWorks has added a sample to Tour de Flex to showcase their yFiles FLEX diagram editor featuring server-side calculation of automatic graph layouts. Check it out!  You’ll find the new sample under “Other Components”.  Click here to go directly to this sample in the web version of Tour de Flex.

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