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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.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 15, 2008; 4:45 PM ET
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Comments

To view the feature tour, please upgrade to Adobe Flash Player 10

Well that's totally unhelpful. Good going, Adobe.

Posted by: A | October 15, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

No, much like MS and Google are currently competing for the "Evil Empire" title, Adobe has always held it for professional web graphic development tools.

If you own an Adobe product, you spend half your time turning off the built in Updater.

Posted by: Chasmosaur | October 15, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Replaced Flash 9 with Flash 10 on Ubuntu Linux 8.10 (aka Hardy Heron) running Firefox 3.03. Flash 9, like previous Linux versions, tended to crash or freeze the browser. Flash 10 appears to be significantly more stable. Tried multiple sites, stopped videos before completion, closed tabs while playing and other abuse. Never a problem.

Posted by: secdroid | October 16, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

"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."

Actually, Flash-based text IS capable of being copied, and has been for generations.

It's the designer's/developer's choice whether to enable or disable the 'selectable' text content feature.

Posted by: flashstephen | October 18, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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