Code-named ‘Gala’, a new beta version of Flash, which introduces support for H.264 video hardware decoding on Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard is now available. “Gala allows developers to preview Flash Player with hardware acceleration of H.264 video on supported Mac computers equipped with: GPUs: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M. Hardware acceleration functionality in Gala preview release of Flash Player is expected to be included in an update following release of Flash Player 10.1. H.264 video codec supported by Flash Player provides excellent quality, but without hardware acceleration, H.264 requires a great deal of CPU processing power to decode. To date, support for hardware accelerated H.264 video playback in Flash Player has only been possible on Windows PCs and x86-based netbooks. Beginning with Gala, Mac users will also benefit from hardware decoding of H.264 video in Flash Player, the number one platform for video on the Web. In this preview release, you’ll be able to recognize when hardware decoding is in use when you see a small white square appear in the upper left corner of a video,” noted Adobe.