Adobe Flash Player 10.2 Beta Arrives

This sounds like it’s probably worth checking out …

A new beta version of Adobe’s Flash player has arrived today and it offers compelling improved hardware acceleration technologies.  The new player, which you can download here, offers “ A new method for video playback in Flash Player will allow developers to leverage complete hardware acceleration of the video rendering pipeline, enabling best-in-class playback performance. Stage Video can dramatically decrease processor usage and enables higher frame rates, reduced memory usage, and greater pixel fidelity and quality.”

Moreover there is new integration with Internet Explorer 9, demonstrating just how important the new browser’s in-built hardware acceleration will prove to be.  “Flash Player takes advantage of hardware accelerated graphics in Internet Explorer 9, utilizing hardware rendering surfaces to improve graphics performance and enable seamless composition.”

Another welcome addition will be multi-monitor support for full screen playback.  If you want to download and install this player do bear in mind that all beta software can prove unreliable and can have unexpected consequences for your computer.

There is a video demonstration from the Adobe Max 2010 conference on the link above where, for some reason I’m completely unable to fathom, the presenter is wearing a Star Trek uniform!  The video clearly demonstrates that full hardware acceleration will make both a huge difference to performance, but also to the amount of electricity your processor has to use when displaying it.

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