Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. The company promises the new software to be fast and CPU-friendly.
Flash Player 10.2 includes a feature known as Stage Video that increases performance while using less processing power. Stage Video hardware acceleration is intended to stream HD video with minimal CPU usage. This means that you will be able to play high quality video with less processing power, resulting in longer battery life. Suggested read: Top long battery life laptops in India
So much so, Tom Nguyen, product manager for Flash Player and AIR at Adobe, claims that Flash Player 10.2 is up to 34 times more efficient than Flash Player without Stage Video.
Playing full HD videos off the Web usually takes away your CPU and network bandwidth. But with Flash Player 10.2 update, the Stage Video feature will enable playback of 1080p HD video with mere 1 percent to 15 percent CPU usage, Nguyen claims.
Readers may recall that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has often sited Flash Player’s battery-sucking characteristic as the reason for keeping it out of the iPad. Seems like Adobe didn’t want to give Jobs another chance to criticize the Flash Player. Vimeo, Brightcove, Epix, and YouTube are being said to have already started work to enable support for Stage Video. Also see: Apple iPad 2 rumors
Flash player 10.2 includes features like custom native mouse cursors, multiple monitor full-screen support, Internet Explorer 9 hardware accelerated rendering support, and enhanced sub-pixel rendering for superior text readability. These features are explained below:
Flash Player 10.2 supports full screen mode in multiple monitors. This means users with dual monitors can watch a video on one screen while multi-tasking on another. The custom native mouse cursor is useful for designers and developers to create animated cursors that Adobe said will provide “silky smooth responsiveness.”
The Sub-pixel text rendering feature in Flash Player 10.2 enhances text readability, while support for GPU rendering will be available in IE9. For the mobile platforms, this new version reduces CPU utilization when in sleep mode. In case of incoming calls, Flash Player 10.2 gets paused automatically.
You can download Adobe Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux from here. Adobe promises more news on Flash platform runtimes on phones and tablets at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona next week.