May 15, 2008

Flash Player 10 ('Astro') pre–release on Adobe Labs

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A pre-release of Flash Player 10 is now out on Adobe Labs. Astro has a number of new features; P2P support, Speex voice codec (no more having to use ASAO!), dynamic streaming support and RTMFP, 3D, improved hardware acceleration and more sophisticated text control being the ones I’m most looking forward to.

The full feature list can be found here

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  1. Mathew Mannion

    Still no wmode transparent support in Linux. Fuck you, Adobe. :(

    15 May 2008, 09:57

  2. Steven Carpenter

    This is a pre-release of course, so things may still change and according to Adobe’s JIRA it’s being worked on

    15 May 2008, 10:06

  3. The 3D stuff looks good, but I’m waiting to see if there’ll be any more flexibility than the rotateX/Y/Z properties they’ve show so far and how it’ll be kept consistent with the way Flash handles z-order currently. I like the addition of the Vector type. Just need block-scoped variables now and I’ll have no reason to miss Java.

    15 May 2008, 10:29

  4. Steven Carpenter

    I’m not clear on how the 3D stuff translates to improving support/performance for Away3D or Papervision – hardware support is going to have an impact but do you know if this helps much?

    15 May 2008, 10:40

  5. They seem pretty happy with it over at the Papervision3D mailing list.

    15 May 2008, 11:04

  6. Steven Carpenter

    Cool – looking forwards to seeing some benchmark comparisons then :-)

    15 May 2008, 11:07

  7. Steven Carpenter

    The dynamic sound generation stuff could be really interesting for games too…

    15 May 2008, 16:11

  8. Steven Carpenter

    Flex SDK for Astro is here

    15 May 2008, 19:50

  9. Brilliant! Any luck getting the new stuff to show up in autocomplete?

    I’ve got perspective-distorted sprite up on the screen, though I’ve only got the example from the demo to go by.

    15 May 2008, 22:05

  10. Steven Carpenter

    Not yet, but I have found a link to the drawing API details. Best thing is to watch Adobe Feeds for updates – looks like NDAs may have been in force until a few hours ago :-)

    15 May 2008, 22:09

  11. John Dale

    What I’m interested in from an e-lab point of view is whether the improvements to text handling will allow for the creation of a really first-rate WYSIWYG text editor which can handle all the common authoring requirements (text formatting, images, tables, lists, links, CSS styling, etc.) and emit well formed HTML. The javascript WYSIWYG editors are never going to be as good as we’d ideally like, and java-based editors are powerful, but with the baggage of the java run-time behind them. Could Flash 10 give us the best of both worlds?

    16 May 2008, 09:50

  12. Steven Carpenter

    I reckon it might – the clever layout handling in Buzzword suggests it’s possible to do some fairly clever stuff already. I’ve seen a number of WYSIWYG text editors done well, but if Flashloaded ported its current editor to make use of the Flash 10 features it could be a contender.

    16 May 2008, 10:00

  13. Steven Carpenter

    Until Adobe releases the API documentation, here’s a way to look at the new APIs. I love this stuff – in just two days of release we have full access to everything in Astro (kind of).

    16 May 2008, 12:02

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