«Open Source Flash Player petition» website now opened

Open Source Flash Player petition

As you may know through my previous blog post, last year I created a feature request on the Adobe bugbase. It had some minor success. Only 87 people voted for now. I know this is due to the URL located on the Adobe bugbase website, the way that votes are displayed and pretty much because users need to subscribe before seeing the vote numbers and even be able to vote.

So I decided to buy the openplayer.net domain name and to create a website entirely dedicated to a petition to ask Adobe to open source Flash Player.

If you like the idea, please lets spread the information and sign the petition!

Flash Player 10.1 beta 2 is out

PureMVC Loadup for Flash demo screenshot

I twitted this earlier in the afternoon. It seems that Adobe did not announce it for now, but some versions of the Flash Player 10.1 beta 2 can already be downloaded.

Links on the page from Adobe Labs related to Flash Player 10.1 are still pointing to Flash Player 10.1 beta 1 files at the moment. But I read a news on PCInpact.com (a French tech news website) which was untitled "Flash 10.1 Beta 2 est de sortie : NVIDIA sort de nouveaux pilotes" which means "Flash 10.1 Beta 2 is out : NVIDIA publish new drivers" in English language.

The news announce better performances, less bugs for the player, support of DLP projectors for 3D Vision and of course that new NVIDIA drivers seems to better handle Flash Player 10.1 now. Surprisingly, I found links in the news pointing to a new beta of the Flash Player 10.1. As Adobe did not announce it officially, I suppose that PCINpact had the links directly from NVIDIA.

So, while the official Flash Player 10.1 page on the Adobe Labs is not updated, you can download the new Flash Player 10.1 beta 2 version from :

Update 1 (12/15/2009): Tom Barclay (Flash Player Product Marketing at Adobe) told us in the
comments that those versions aren't final release and must not be used for testing.

Update 2 (12/16/2009): It seems that Nvidia was a bit premature on announcing those links
to their commercial partners and Adobe deactivated them. So, they don't work anymore, sorry.

Update 3 (12/18/2009): Official now, Flash Player 10.1 beta 2 final releases are available
on Adobe Labs, more infos from Tom Barclay on the Flash Platform blog (including debug releases). I reactivated the links above but you can preferably go to Adobe Labs now.

Flash for iPhone in Flash Builder too

Flash Modules and pipes demo screenshot

You probably not have missed the news. It was announced in the first keynote of the Adobe MAX 2009 that it would be possible to export applications for iPhone from Flash CS5.

What I missed first is that it would be possible to export Flash applications for iPhone from Flash Builder and even using some parts of the AIR SDK. You can find this written in the Flash applications for iPhone Developer FAQ.

If you miss the first announce on Flash for iPhone, here the main links:

Voting for Adobe to open source Flash Player

ActionScript Love Formula Screenshot

I'm not specifically what you can call an "open-source evangelist" nor a specialist of the problem, but as a user and Flash developer, I think it's now time to open-source Flash Player.

Adobe already have made great moves to open source their technologies. Just have a look at the official Adobe websites like opensource.adobe.com, www.openscreenproject.org, www.opensourcemediaframework.com They now have a good knowledge on developing open source softwares destinate to a community.

A lot of things are currently moving around Flash technology, like the W3C hardly looking for royalty-free, open source solutions for HTML5. Open video player initiative. Silverlight 3 becoming now mature on Windows, Mac, and soon Linux. Google buying On2 video solution (the same video codec still in use by Flash Player). And many other things that some of you even better know than me.

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Overriding Flash player 60fps limit in Firefox (up to 950fps, as Silverlight 2 in bubblemark)

There is actually some buzz around the 60 frames per second draw rate limit fixed by browsers to Flash player. All the noise cames from the bubblemark benchmark that is intended to compare performances of different plug-ins while playing an animation at the maximum speed they can. The only result we get with this test is there is a limit fixed by browsers to the draw rate of plug-ins. Everybody is agree to said that results of this test are distorted.

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End of the “Click to activate and use this control” today

Today the monthly Microsoft updates contains an update that will end the display of the message "Click to activate and use this control" and the surrounding yellow focus rectangle over Flash animations in Internet Explorer.

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YouTube chooses Flash and MP4 for its higher quality videos

The first news of the day is that you can now officially watch videos with a higher quality on YouTube. Not High Definition videos, but videos encoded at higher quality, better bitrate and better resolution.

The second and really good news is that Youtube chooses Flash Player in its last version (at least 9.0.115.0) as video player for its MP4 video format. It will enforce the last Flash player version penetration, and show users that Flash could play as good quality videos than other web players.

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MovieStar, rendering up to twice the speed with a dual core

MovieStar (Flash Player 9.0.115.0) is officially the last Flash Player release that will be downloaded when public users upgrade to the latest Flash Player version. In the summary of the new features that were added to this release, Adobe announce that developers of the Flash Player have worked to Speed the rendering of vectors, bitmaps, filters and video, including true 1080p video, with new multi-core support that takes advantage of up to 4 CPUs.

I was really interested with this announce. I have so made a really simple Flash animation, all timeline-based with 36 steps that tests rendering with : vector, bitmap, filters, rotation, scale, translation.

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Sortie inattendue de Flash Lite 3

Profitant de la surcharge d'informations délivrées pendant Adobe Max Chicago qui a lieu en ce moment, Adobe a décidé d'annoncer la sortie de Flash Lite 3 de manière impromptue.

Une grosse déception nous attend, Flash Lite 3 ne supportera pas Actionscript 3 comme pourtant de nombreuses rumeurs l'avaient déjà laissé sous-entendre. Par contre, il est entre autre désormais possible de lire (pas de publier) du FLV, et d'établir une connexion FMS. Chose non négligeable, un gain de 15% à 20% sur les performances du moteur Actionscript et de 20% à 30% sur le rendu graphique sont également annoncés.

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Nouveau gestionnaire de son pour le lecteur Flash

Pour faire suite à la nouvelle de l'intégration du support de l'H.264 et de l'AAC dans la dernière version bêta du lecteur Flash 9, Tinic Uro nous informe que le gestionnaire de son du lecteur va être intégralement récrit pour améliorer le support de l'AAC.

Ainsi, d'après ses dires, l'introduction future d'un support le plus complet possible du standard AAC deviendra l'occasion rêvée de récrire intégralement le gestionnaire de son du lecteur Flash actuel qui n'a pas été changé depuis l'année 1996.

Cette réécriture complète n'est prévue, traduit mot à mot : "que pour une des prochaines versions majeures du lecteur". On doit donc comprendre à cela que ce ne sera effectif au mieux qu'à la sortie du lecteur Flash 10. En effet même si la bêta actuelle du lecteur Flash 9 permet de lire l'AAC lors de la lecture des vidéos au format H.264, cela ne s'effectue encore qu'avec le gestionnaire de son actuel et uniquement sur deux canaux.

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