Adobe pushed the next major version of the authoring tools Adobe Flash and Air out onto the Internet.
Flash Player 11 desktop beta drives innovation for rich, engaging digital experiences with new features for cross-platform browser-based viewing of expressive rich internet applications, content, and videos across devices. Some of the features from the Flash Player Incubator, such as Stage 3D and 64-bit support, have been moved into this beta release
New Features in Flash Player 11 beta:
- Native 64-bit Support (Flash Player desktop) -- Take advantage of native support for 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit web browsers on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.
- Asynchronous Bitmap Decoding (new for Flash Player) -- Improve app responsiveness and deliver smoother animation by decoding images on initial load instead of on demand. Images are cached as needed.
- TLS Secure Sockets Support (new for Flash Player) -- Enables secure communications for client/server applications.
Adobe AIR 3 introduces enhanced features that provide developers a consistent and flexible development environment for the delivery of out-of-browser applications across devices and platforms.
This beta release includes support for the AIR desktop runtime. The AIR SDK will be made available in a future release on Adobe Labs, which will allow developers to build mobile and desktop applications that take advantage of new AIR 3 capabilities including captive runtime support, Stage 3D graphics rendering and Stage Video hardware acceleration.
New Features in AIR 3:
- Stage Video Hardware Acceleration (new for AIR) -- Leverage hardware acceleration of the entire video pipeline to deliver efficient, best-in-class high-definition (HD) video playback experiences. Decrease processor usage and enable smoother video, reduced memory usage, and higher fidelity on mobile*, desktop, and TV devices (*supported on Android 3.1, BlackBerry Tablet OS, and iOS).