Adobe's Flash Turns 10
Adobe's Flash browser plug-in -- the essential component behind everything from YouTube videos to many Web radio stations to, yes, those annoying floating ads and Web-site intro animations -- got a major update today. The new Adobe Flash Player 10 is a free, fast download for Windows 2000, XP and Vista, Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5, and the RedHat, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu Linux distributions.
Adobe outlines Flash 10's new features on a page that, for people running older Flash versions, leads off with the following instruction:
To view the feature tour, please upgrade to Adobe Flash Player 10
That's not exactly what I'd call preaching to the unconverted. But anyway... Flash 10's new features include 3D graphics, better text formatting, improved quality for video streaming when your bandwidth fluctuates while you're trying to watch the clip and support for uploading and downloading files. (Sadly, the Flash option that would most help with my day job -- the ability to copy text from a Flash presentation -- doesn't make this list.)
Flash 10 loaded without any apparent complications on an old laptop running Windows XP Home, although I had to do a second install to get it working inside Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 (the first setup worked fine in Firefox and Google's Chrome). The new features did, indeed, look nifty in that Adobe feature tour. But I'm still going to wait a few days before I start throwing it on every other computer I use... just in case.
If you've installed Flash 10, please share your impressions -- not just of what it can do, but how much memory and processing power it needs -- in the comments.
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