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No, you don’t have to turn off Flash to save battery life of your MacBook Air, said Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch at NewTeeVee Live today. Lynch pointed out that Adobe has been doing a lot to optimize battery life and video playback on all platforms.

Kevin Lynch, CTO Adobe Systems Inc., at NTVL 2010

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch used his fireside chat at NewTeeVee Live today to set the record straight around comments he recently made suggesting that Flash is a battery drainer. “Playing rich content uses more battery than non-rich content,” adding that Adobe has been adding a number of features focused on battery management. One example he brought up was the ability of Flash player 10.1 to disable Flash playback on non-active tabs of a browser. “When your screen dims — we are detecting that now with Flash,” he said.

Power management features like these have largely been driven by Adobe’s development of Flash for mobile devices, which has been shaping the way the company is approaching much of its work on Flash. However, connected devices are also starting to influence the development of Flash across different devices.

One example cited by Lynch is Stage Video, recently announced feature that allows full hardware acceleration on Google TV clients and similar devices. Stage Video was developed with connected devices in mind, but it’s now also being used on personal computers like the MacBook Air, where it enables full screen HD video playback with a CPU load of as little as eight percent.

Lynch struck a more conciliatory tone towards HTML5 that in the past, saying that “(t)here is a lot more innovation happening in HTML, which is great for the web.” During last year’s NewTeeVee Live conference, he dismissed HTML5 as an attempt to do things that Flash already does. He added today that Flash still has the advantage in a number of areas, including content security and codec support.

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  2. Check out the video showing stage video in action. From the Sneaks session at Adobe MAX 2010. It shows Macbook AIR (11″) dropping down to 8% cpu with HD video. http://bit.ly/stagevid

  3. The fact remains that when I disabled the Flash plugin on my Macbook Air my battery life went from 4 hours at that time to 5 1/2. And when I disabled Flash on my old black Macbook the battery life indication went from 2 hours to 3. So something is going on here, Flash is evidently a battery hog. I have left Flash totally disabled on all my machines now and haven’t missed it one bit.

    1. Glenn

      I don’t quite know about the battery time, but I have to say, Macbook Air runs much cooler sans Flash. And this is just fine with me :-)

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  7. Adobe can say whatever they want; as long as computer users can remove Flash and see their battery life go up, nobody will believe them. They might as well trying to convince us that gravity doesn’t exist and jumping out of a 4th floor window is fine.

  8. Flash reduces batery life even when is not in use at all?

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