Adobe releases final Flash 10.1

After heaps of media coverage, three public betas, and seven release candidates, Flash 10.1 has finally arrived in its final, production-ready iteration. The Flash 10.1 plug-in installer quietly popped up on the get.adobe.com/flashplayer page earlier today. Windows versions of the installer weigh in at about 2.5MB for Internet Explorer and other browsers.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since last October, you’ll know about Flash 10.1’s killer feature: hardware H.264 video acceleration on Windows PCs with compatible graphics processors. The release notes for the latest release candidate list supported GPUs, which include Nvidia’s GeForce and Ion lines, AMD’s Radeon HDs, Intel integrated GPUs in 4-series and newer chipsets, and Broadcom Crystal HD video decoders.

Thanks to Flash 10.1, even underpowered ultraportables and some netbooks should now be able to play high-definition YouTube video. That functionality is long overdue, since hardware acceleration has been possible with other video formats for a good number of years now.

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    • Shining Arcanine
    • 9 years ago

    When will the 64-bit version debut and where is Linux Hardware Acceleration?

      • funko
      • 9 years ago

      i’d be ecstatic about a gosh-darned Windows x64 version…….BLAH

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    This is a good thing. Just recently, still more patches appeared for Flash 10 for vulnerabilities that v10.1 doesn’t even have.

    Let’s hope people upgrade it.

    • moog
    • 9 years ago

    In other web performance related news…

    In terms of speed it turns out javascript isn’t the only factor in browser speed (35% tops?)

    But that doesn’t mean IE9 will be slow. IE9 platform preview 2 runs SunSpider < 500ms (faster than FF 3.7). Also it’s faster in rendering since it offloads to the GPU, a demo showed Chrome rendering at 2 FPS vs IE9 rendering at 60 FPS

    §[< http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/060910-microsoft-browser-speed-not-all.html<]§

    • swaaye
    • 9 years ago

    Why do they not support most of the Radeon HD 3xxx series? There are roughly a bazillion notebooks with HD 3xxx chips….. Oh great dismay.

    I’m gonna assume that they aren’t evil and that it has something to do with UVD 1.0 missing something magical. That doesn’t seem to stop H.264 FLV files from being decoded with DXVA in Media Player Classic’s decoders, however.

      • toyota
      • 9 years ago

      Flash10.1 uses UVD2 to support hardware acceleration and not all 3000 series have it.

        • swaaye
        • 9 years ago

        I just can’t figure out why UVD+ can’t do this. A lowly Radeon 3450 can decode a 1080p H.264 stream. I think even the old 2400 can too but I’m not sure on that.

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    Does this help at all with flash games?

      • odizzido
      • 9 years ago

      I bet that 10.1 will actually run everything not hardware accelerated h264 slower than ever.

        • axeman
        • 9 years ago

        ^^^ this. I wouldn’t doubt it, since for flash ads, etc 10.0 seemed to hog the CPU even more than 9.x flash did.

    • toyota
    • 9 years ago

    installs fine for everything but FF but whats new. it says it is successfully installed but then even the adobe site says I need the plugin and it goes to install 10.0.45. wtf is 10.0.45 because I was trying to install 10.1 wasnt I???

    I love FF except when it comes to flash as it has never worked perfectly in all the years I have tried. hell there was a time where youtube was a nightmare to use with FF and even now there is always a little hitch or two when playing Flash vids on there or pretty much anywhere else.

    EDIT: finally got to install in FF correctly by uninstalling it and then reinstalling directly from the desktop and not the Adobe install manager.

      • northreign
      • 9 years ago

      Always manually uninstall first. Its a big reason why programs fail to work at times.

        • toyota
        • 9 years ago

        I did uninstall first but installing through the Adobe download manger still didnt fully work. I was just clarifying that for it to work with FF I uninstalled again and then just ran the exe straight form the desktop.

          • yuhong
          • 9 years ago

          So probably Adobe did not update the download manager properly yet.

        • Shining Arcanine
        • 9 years ago

        If he is using Linux, that should not be a problem. His system package manager will automatically uninstall the old version prior to installing the new version.

    • sluggo
    • 9 years ago

    And the Thermatake CPU cooler ad /[

    • Saber Cherry
    • 9 years ago

    I thought the killer feature was where it let anyone with malicious intent kill your computer. I must have been living under a rock…

    • Kurotetsu
    • 9 years ago

    Just tried out YouTube after updating. I can say that tracking is much improved (before, I had to wait a couple of seconds after fast forwarding before it would start playing again, thats been eliminated), and theres no more skipping. CPU utilization doesn’t seem to be all that reduced though, I’m still seeing spikes of upwards of 51%.

    • jpostel
    • 9 years ago

    I have been using a beta of 10.1 on an N450 Ion system and HULU is playable in fullscreen.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      RC7=final. The only thing screwy, and always has been, is Adobe’s documentation and reference links on their site. This was no different before the betasg{<.<}g

      • bthylafh
      • 9 years ago

      The final RC had the same version# as the release.

    • boing
    • 9 years ago

    I did a comparison today between our newly purchased netbook with an Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHz and our 6 year old Dell D610 laptop with a Pentium M 1.7 GHz and ATI X300 Mobility gfx-chip. Both running Windows 7 with 1 GB of RAM. The comparison consisted in installing Civilization IV, a 5 year old game, and getting a playable framerate.

    First of all it was a challenge getting the game to run on the netbook since it refused to accept the non-standard resolution 1024×600, but I got it working by forcing windows-mode instead of full screen.

    In the end, the 6 year old Dell managed to run the game pretty smoothly in 1400×1050 resolution in high detail with all special effects and high resolution textures turned on, whilst the netbook struggled with the game configured to the lowest possible settings.

    A netbook is great for e-mail, taking notes, surfing and blogging. Why even bother watching high resolution videoclips on youtube when the screen cannot even handle it is beyond me.

      • bthylafh
      • 9 years ago

      Cool story, bro.

      • srg86
      • 9 years ago

      “A netbook is great for e-mail, taking notes, surfing and blogging.”

      err..that’s all netbooks were ever designed for. They were never meant for the games player. I REALLY don’t understand why people don’t get this fact and try to play games and even hi-def videos on them. I can understand with usual youtube videos though.

        • A_Pickle
        • 9 years ago

        Because if a small, cheap computer could do all of those things… /[

          • poulpy
          • 9 years ago

          Even an Atom can run games and play HD Videos with the ION platform.
          Now if the said game is mostly CPU bound you’re screwed..

        • wira020
        • 9 years ago

        So you’re happy that only big bulky PC can do heavy work?.. Dont you wish that 1 day all PC can just be Netbook size and when needed, can just output to a bigger screen… all that while still being able to handle heavy duty stuff..

        That’s what progress should have been… Intel went backward and made Atom..

      • LoneWolf15
      • 9 years ago

      And how does Civ IV use Flash?

        • boing
        • 9 years ago

        I never said it did. I just wrote a summary of a small test I did to humour my own interest running a 5 year old game on a 6 year old laptop vs a modern netbook. Figured atleast some people (not you though) would find the comparison in gpu and cpu speed interesting since running flash on a non-netbook PC is non-issue and hw-acceleration really isn’t needed on any other platform.

    • Shinare
    • 9 years ago

    Will this improve playback on a Intel GMA950?

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      Pretty sure the answer to that is, no.

      • dustyjamessutton
      • 9 years ago

      It might. The GMA950 is a DirectX 9 capable chipset. On intel’s site it claims acceleration of HDTV resolution videos. So Flash 10.1 should interface fairly well with the GMA950’s video acceleration capabilities.

        • tay
        • 9 years ago

        It doesn’t. It only works with certain chipsets which sucks.

    • dustyjamessutton
    • 9 years ago

    Goatse Security will find vulnerabilities in no time at all with this finished release. Sorry, just had to find a reason to say their name again.

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      Faster than two girls drinking one cup?

        • dustyjamessutton
        • 9 years ago

        Exactly. Though I don’t think they were invited to the lemon party.

          • eitje
          • 9 years ago

          i can’t wait to take it for a meatspin, personally.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    If flash fails after its ridiculous success a few years ago it is no one esles fault. Adobe can only blame themselves.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    While I don’t understand the success of flash I don’t agree with Apples to good for it attitude either.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    Interesting, it states that for best performance on Intel IGP chipsets, Aero should be enabled.
    /[<"Performance is significantly improved for fullscreen playback with Aero-enabled Windows environments."<]/ 1. Is this true for other graphic environments? 2. Aero sucks balls on even moderately older graphics solutions (per using perfmon.) Lessor of two evils hereg{

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 9 years ago

      I thought Damage’s netbook had performance issues until the disabled Aero? I wonder if going fullscreen temporarily disables Aero, which would make the system perform better but that is not a function of Flash in and of itself.

      • bthylafh
      • 9 years ago

      FWIW I had an Atom N450-powered netbook a couple months ago which got a much better Windows system rating (something like 1.x to 3.x) with Win7 Enterprise versus Win7 starter; the only difference that’d matter between the two versions is Aero.

      Not an old machine, but it’s not like any Intel IGP is fast.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 9 years ago

    assholes always adding some required 3rd party crap on top of it…

      • Anonim1979
      • 9 years ago

      Adware… toolbars… search hijacks… That’s Internet for you.

    • Jigar
    • 9 years ago

    I hope this feature gives some new lease of life to this poor software.

      • flip-mode
      • 9 years ago

      Wait, you hope this extends the life of Flash? Why would you ever want that? Flash is trash.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 years ago

        Your beard is weird! That stache is trash! Get some Just for Men!

          • jpostel
          • 9 years ago

          Does that commercial air outside of NY/NJ? Just thought it was a local thing.

            • nerdrage
            • 9 years ago

            Yup, seen it in MA and NC.

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    Three weeks until the next Flash vulnerability is discovered and we all have to upgrade again.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 9 years ago

      This is Adobe…try months…of denial.

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        Maybe we’ll all be saved by a worm that disables/deletes Flash as it makes the rounds of stealing our bitsg{<.<}g

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