Adobe offers beta 64-bit Flash plug-in with IE9 support

On the heels of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 beta, which is available in a 64-bit flavor for Windows 7, Adobe has released a 64-bit Flash plug-in. Dubbed Flash Player Square, this preview plug-in is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, although judging by the "features" section of the download page, Adobe is clearly targeting IE9:

  • 64-bit support — Native support for 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit web browsers on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.
  • Internet Explorer 9 hardware accelerated rendering support — Enhanced support for Internet Explorer 9 Beta. It takes advantage of hardware accelerated graphics in Internet Explorer 9 Beta, utilizing hardware rendering surfaces to improve graphics performance and enable seamless composition.

Adobe goes on to note that this is a "preview release to highlight 64-bit and enhanced IE9 support in Flash Player." Interestingly, the firm adds that Flash Player Square shouldn’t be mistaken with a "’beta release’ of a specific version of Flash Player." A production-ready 64-bit Flash plug-in will be released by the middle of next year. Full IE9 support, meanwhile, will arrive when IE9 goes out of beta—no big shock there.

You can grab Flash Player Square right here on the Adobe Labs website.

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    • jstern
    • 9 years ago

    Oops, mistake

    • Firestarter
    • 9 years ago

    But how is Adobe going to make Flash slow as molasses when it’s hardware accelerated?

    • herothezero
    • 9 years ago

    About damn time.

    IE9 beta is pretty nice; I’m liking it.

    • Aphasia
    • 9 years ago

    Adobe and 64 bit programs is a joke when it comes to the small plugins and such. Photoshop works fine, but something simple, like an pdf preview handler they never did get around to doing. So you cant preview PDF’s in 64 bit oses with adobes own reader. On the other hand, a tech journalist went to foxit so you can use their preview handler on top of an acrobat installation.

    But thats just sloppy, and so is 64 bit flash plugin that has been missing for so long.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah but nobody professional uses foxit. It can’t screen, print, or edit render properly. By properly, I mean, well at all. Adobe may be many things but it understands print/photography/layout better than almost anyoneg{<...<}g Bastards bastardized their own PDF format though with javascript/flash. I really feel for any company that uses Acrobat as a central piece of document management like Adobe wantsg{<.<}g

    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    It’s about time adobe, the real question is, how long before it’s good enough to loose the “beta” status??

    • axeman
    • 9 years ago

    I don’t know about Mac OS-X, but this isn’t really news on Linux, 10.x plugins have been available for 64 bit browsers for a while, you just have to get them from some “beta” page.

      • ManAtVista
      • 9 years ago

      I’m pretty sure adobe killed the 64-bit flash beta for linux a few months ago, probably in preparation for the launch of flash player square. It’s also new for Mac (and Windows.)

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    “Flash Player Square”? Means that the Flash Player is just going to be like square?

    • Flying Fox
    • 9 years ago

    So they mentioned the 64-bit plugin, what about the 32-bit version? When are they going to put the Direct2D stuff in there as well to at least make it less inefficient?

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    So.. what’s the advantage of 64bit browser and/or 64bit flash?…

      • BlackStar
      • 9 years ago

      Better security.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      Now IE can use more than 4GB of memory. :p

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        Whatever IE uses, Flash will use even more.

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          Actually that’s hardly the case in my experience.

      • Game_boy
      • 9 years ago

      64-bit Linux on the desktop is now viable? Seriously, Flash was the only thing stopping its use.

        • BlackStar
        • 9 years ago

        64bit Ubuntu is working fine for me (and has been working fine since 2007).

        Flash may crash from time to time. Just reload the page and it’s fine.

          • Veerappan
          • 9 years ago

          Firefox on 64-bit Linux has been using a wrapper library to load the 32-bit flash player. Not having to use this wrapper might help stability, and probably will help out the performance. That, and the 64-bit flash player itself might run a bit faster than the 32-bit version (a suspicion subject to actual testing).

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Flash can bog down your system and open security holes twice as quickly?

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 9 years ago

      When I look at my task manager I’ll see one less *32, and my epeen will grow an inch or two

        • dashbarron
        • 9 years ago

        ^ This. You wouldn’t think it would take years to implement 64-bit Flash.

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    OK, so are there any other major problems with Mozilla distributing a 64-bit build of Firefox for Windows, or Google a 64-bit Chrome? Any other crappy plugins?

      • ManAtVista
      • 9 years ago

      quicktime and silverlight, depending on how necessary you think they are.

        • yuhong
        • 9 years ago

        Luckily, both browsers uses a separate process to run plug-ins now, which means it should not be hard to have the main browser run in 64-bit while plug-ins run in 32-bit mode.

          • axeman
          • 9 years ago

          Running 32 bit plugins in 64-bit Firefox was a kludge that was not very stable, at least on Linux.

          • ManAtVista
          • 9 years ago

          Yea, but then why haven’t they done it on Windows, already? I’d love a 64-bit chrome…

    • ManAtVista
    • 9 years ago

    youtube says upgrade to flash player 10 when I try to watch videos in IE9 x64 with flash square. ;(

      • wingless
      • 9 years ago

      Same here. I cannot watch Youtube or Hulu in IE 8 64-bit. I have yet to try Firefox 64 though.

        • ManAtVista
        • 9 years ago

        Just tried firefox x64 (minefield) with flash square, youtube works fine. hrmph.

      • grug
      • 9 years ago

      Youtube works fine for me. IE9 beta Win7 x64, “About Flash Player” reports 10.2.

        • ManAtVista
        • 9 years ago

        haha, woops, I think I forgot to click ‘allow’ for flash on youtube, because I have ‘ask before running active-x per site’ on. youtube now works in x64 IE9.

    • ModernPrimitive
    • 9 years ago

    *falls over*

    • adisor19
    • 9 years ago

    Does this work with the 64bit build of Firefox on OS X ? If yes, time to finally switch browser to 64 bit 😀

    Adi

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    OMGWTFBBQYMMV bout stinkin time. Lamers.

      • DrDillyBar
      • 9 years ago

      ha.

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    It only took how long for a 64bit flash plugin? 6 years?

      • wira020
      • 9 years ago

      Was there a need for 64bit flash 6 years ago?

        • BlackStar
        • 9 years ago

        Not on Windows.

          • Ryu Connor
          • 9 years ago

          Five years and some change for the release of WindowsXP 64.

            • BlackStar
            • 9 years ago

            But no 64bit browsers.

            The need was larger on Linux, which shipped a pure 64bit environment. In fact, 64bit flash appeared there first, a couple of years ago. Too bad it was unsupported by Adobe and no distribution shipped it.

            • Corrado
            • 9 years ago

            There’s been 64bit IE for YEARS. Not sure if it was in xp64, but it was most certainly in Vista64.

            • bthylafh
            • 9 years ago

            It was in XP 64.

            • axeman
            • 9 years ago

            This makes Adobe look all the more pathetic, since they are _finally_ supporting something that’s been around since when, 2003? Not to mention it is installed on how many millions of computers. (64 bit Internet Explorer) FWIW, I find the 64 bit version of IE, faster/more stable.

            • indeego
            • 9 years ago

            And how many other plug-ins are there for your browser? 64-bit IE is basically useless in 99% of corps and home because 99% of plug-ins/BHO’s don’t work with it either. Adobe didn’t make it because there’s little demand for it, despite apparent Enthusiast rages. I can tell you where I work we cannot use 64-bit IE, and will likely not be able to for 3-years minimum.

            We don’t know if 64-bit IE is more secure than 32-bit, as it really has a low use-level, and why would malicious coder bother? There could be code in it since 2002 that is insecure that nobody has fixed, although unlikely as MS audits pretty much all its products after blaster hit.

            In short: Adobe is getting yelled at for an issue that isn’t really an issue. The REAL issue is Adobe does NOTHING when 0-day system access vulnerabilities hit other than shrug and bump the release date up a tad. That is a @*&^@ing shame and THAT is what you should be whiny aboutg{<.<}g

        • Corrado
        • 9 years ago

        Is there a need for ANY of the stuff we have? There has been a 64bit IE on Windows forever, but it was practically useless because of the lack of 64bit plugins. They knew that the 32bit plugin they had was a pile of feces already, so why not just scrap the whole thing and only do security updates, start from scratch on a 64bit hardware accelerated flash player?

        • ybf
        • 9 years ago

        Seriously? I had a 64-bit Windows lappy in 2004.

        So yes, this was needed.

    • bios_hazard
    • 9 years ago

    Sold. I have been waiting for x64 flash for way too long… linux and their shiny community features. And on top of that, if this proves to be a “working” plugin, IE9 will be my Flash enabled browser of choice 😀

    /shakesfist

    • Jigar
    • 9 years ago

    Beta browser meets beta plugin, great recipe of disaster.

      • bcronce
      • 9 years ago

      The whole point of beta is for testing. In beta, disaster is synonymous with discovery. Issues are expected to be found.

        • Jigar
        • 9 years ago

        Thank you for posting Mr Obvious.

          • Meadows
          • 9 years ago

          So why did you originally post then?

            • Jigar
            • 9 years ago

            Warning for noobs ? Explaining to me, made him Mr Obvious ;).

            • indeego
            • 9 years ago

            That must make you Mr. Pre-Emptive-Obvious-Pointer-Outer. /[

            • Meadows
            • 9 years ago

            Are you sure you speak actual English and you’re not just a relative of Krogoth?

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            where IS he btw…. haven’t seen him in a while…

            • Jigar
            • 9 years ago

            No, i don’t speak English. Are we done English guru ?

            • Meadows
            • 9 years ago

            Not any time soon.

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