Adobe Posts Pre-release of “Astro” – A.K.A. Flash Player 10

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Adobe Systems released Flash Player 10 beta today with a modest set of enhancements, including:

  • New 3D Effects that make it much easier to position, rotate and animate 2D objects while retaining full interactivity. Plus, new variable bitrate streaming for video between Adobe Flash Player 10 beta and future releases of Adobe Flash Media Server will automatically adjust video quality as bandwidth availability fluctuates to provide constant video playback without pausing to buffer.
  • The ability to create your own portable filters, blend modes, and fills using Adobe® Pixel Bender™, the same technology used for many After Effects CS3 filters. Shaders in Flash Player are about 1KB and can be scripted and animated at runtime.
  • A new, highly flexible text layout engine that co-exists with TextField and gives creators some additional flexibility in creating new text controls including granular control over right-to-left and vertical text layout, plus support for typographic elements such as ligatures.
  • An enhanced drawing API that makes graphical operations at runtime easier and more functional with re-styleable properties, 3D APIs, and a new way of drawing sophisticated shapes without having to code them line by line.
  • Many visual performance improvements, including increased ability to use hardware acceleration.

Full releases notes have also been posted. For all you procrastinators, Flash Player 10 no longer supports OS X 10.1, so it may be time to finally upgrade.

If you are a creator/developer, drop a note in the comments with your views on Flash Player 10 beta. For the rest of us mere mortals, definitely leave feedback in the comments if you download and give the new Player a try.

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