Lightspark gets support for Grooveshark
The Lightspark project has made a release candidate for version 0.5.0 of its open source Flash player available. The preview of the next release of the alternative Flash player adds initial support for online music streaming service Grooveshark and includes several "under the hood" improvements.
Code-named "Bacchus", Lightspark 0.5.0 RC1 offers improvements to FFMpeg-based media playback and shader performance, as well as masking, alpha and XML support. Other changes include the addition of an SDL-based audio backend, OpenGL ES (GLES) compatibility updates, and support for audio volume, AMF3 serialisation and dynamic text.
The developers also note that the Play, Pause and Enlarge buttons for YouTube are now working correctly. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they find. A final release date for version 0.5.0 has yet to be confirmed.
Further information, including a list of known issues, can be found in a post on the Technology Temple blog. Lightspark 0.5.0 RC1 is available to download as a source tar ball. Hosted on Launchpad, Lightspark is licensed under the GPLv3. The latest stable release is version 0.4.8, an update from the end of May.
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