Adobe Pushed Out The First Hardware-accelerated Flash Player 10.1 Release Candidate

Adobe-Flash-Player-icon Apple said Adobe Flash NOT in the iPad  because apparently Adobe’s software is a “CPU hog”, a source of “security holes” and an “old technology”.  Now Adobe Systems probably can say it will be no longer a problem–Adobe announced a downloadable Release Candidate (RC) version of its Flash Player 10.1 software, presently available only for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems, but showcases mobile-centric features such as multi-touch and H.264 hardware acceleration.

The list of notebook and desktop platforms that will support the acceleration of Flash Player 10.1 include:

  • ATI’s Radeon HD 4000
  • HD 5700 and HD 5800 series of graphics cards
  • Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series (and higher)
  • Radeon HD 3000 integrated graphics (and higher)
  • ATI FirePro V3750, V5700, V7750, V8700 and V8750 graphics accelerators


In fact, Flash Player 10.1 is a browser-based runtime that leverages the power of GPUs (graphics processing units). Multi-touch, mobile input models, accelerometers, and multiple screen orientations etc mobile-ready features also be included.

Although the Apple iPhone SDK license terms do not allow runtime interpreted code, so Adobe is not able to deliver Flash Player in Safari on the iPhone without support from Apple. However, it will soon be possible to use a version of the company’s Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool to create stand-alone iPhone/iPod Touch applications using Flash.

Anyway, I think it can be interpreted as Adobe beat back Apple:  Adobe Flash is powerful, NOT supporting Flash is kind of stupid and evil. :)

See also

. Flash Player 10.1 Release Candidate Release Notes(PDF)

    • Support for new platforms
    • Designed for mobility
    • Mobile text input
    • Multi-touch and gestures
    • Accelerometer input
    • More…

. Adobe Labs Downloads Flash Player 10.1

This is a developer prerelease version of the Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 software for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris. It is being made available for developers to test their content to ensure new features function as expected, existing content plays back correctly, and there are no compatibility issues…

. Flash Player 10.1 Gets Hardware Acceleration Through ATI Stream Technology

“AMD and Adobe have collaborated to enable ATI Stream technology through Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to help end users more easily experience , create and share their visual media,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president of AMD’s Products Group. “Adobe Flash Player is one of the world’s most pervasive multimedia platforms and the number one video platform on the web today. By taking advantage of both the CPU and GPU resources available on AMD platforms, the new player delivers video that looks and performs better than ever before.”…

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