Adobe Flash is used across all platforms on the desktop, as well as mobiles. Adobe has released a new version of the runtime – 11 (Beta 1 220.127.116.11). The latest release is still in the Beta phase. There are a few additions to the new version. One of the key features is called Stage3D Accelerated Graphics Rendering, which basically uses hardware acceleration to render and power the graphics that you typically see in Flash applications. Technically, this should be possible on everything from mobile phones to desktops to smart TVs with compatible hardware. There’s also H.264/AVC video encoding, so video streams from cameras can be encoded in real time using the modern standard.
Fighting the HTML5 assault
Inefficiency has also been addressed in the new build. Better compression techniques and support for newer JPEG standards (JPEG-XR) are present. 64-bit support is also integrated in the new release. Adobe is claiming that Flash element files can be compressed upto 40 per cent of their original size. Resolution of images used in Flash are no longer limited to 16 megapixel resolutions either. Some of these improvements should also spill over into the new Adobe Air 3 release. Flash 11 builds for Windows, Mac OS and Linux can be downloaded here. 64-bit downloads are also available.