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Now On Labs: Betas of AIR 3 And Flash Player 11

07.18.2011
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Title says it all, and this post over on the Flash Platform blog provides lots of details.

Some of the features and performance enhancements included in the Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 betas:

  •  Captive Runtime for AIR*: This popular feature from AIR for iOS will now be available on AIR for desktop.  Simplify the app installation process, reduce testing and certification cost by encapsulating the AIR runtime in your Windows, Mac and and Android apps.
  • Native 64-bit support for Flash Player: Take advantage of new 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit Web browsers on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.
  • Stage 3D graphics rendering: Stage 3D  (“Molehill) is a new method of 2D and 3D rendering and is supported with a new Stage3D API. The Stage3D API is a set of low-level GPU-accelerated APIs enabling advanced 2D and 3D capabilities across multiple screens and devices (desktop, mobile and tv). These new low-level APIs will provide 2D and 3D engine developers the flexibility to leverage GPU hardware acceleration for significant performance gains.  You can view examples on the Stage 3D page.
  • H.264/AVC SW Encode for camera encoding: Higher compression efficiency and industry wide support for real-time communications and non-real-time broadcast scenarios, like webcasting, livecasting, etc.
  • Native JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) support: Enables ActionScript programmers take advantage of fast parsing and generation of JSON-formatted data. Take existing data and integrate it with minimal or no modification into your ActionScript project.
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Khent Johnson replied on Tue, 2011/09/06 - 2:37am

The new features and improvements of these BETAS were build so brilliantly. Additionally, Flash Player 11 also introduces Socket Progress Events, which will support the development of Flash-based file-sharing apps such as FTP clients, as well as support for delivering HD video with full HD 7.1 channel surround sound directly to AIR-powered TVs. Adobe Flash Player 11 Beta is available as a free download for Windows, Mac and Linux in four separate flavors: Internet Explorer (32-bit, 64-bit), and other browsers (32-bit, 64-bit). Adobe AIR 3 Beta is also released as a free download for both Windows and Mac. Excellent! ReputationAdvocate

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