Flash Player 10 released
Adobe has finished Flash Player 10 and has announced that the runtime is now available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. A Solaris version is due later this year.
Flash Player 10 supports 3D animations and should allow developers to build more intuitive user interfaces for their applications. Adobe's Pixel Bender allows integration of new filters and effects. A new text rendering engine should allow for more creative text display. As an example, Adobe said, it is now possible to flow "sophisticated typographic elements such as ligatures across multiple columns, around inline images, bidirectionally, vertically, or chained together."
Adobe has also reworked the audio interface, allowing developers to generate applications which can edit MP3 files or to implement mixing desks and sequencers. It also adds support for the low latency Speex audio codec which should lead to improved VoIP applications. According to Adobe, Flash Player allows applications to directly access graphics hardware in order to, "accelerate compositing calculations of bitmaps, filters, blend modes, and video overlays faster than would be performed in software."