Adobe releases Flash 11 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux (64-bit support!)

By on July 14, 2011, 5:30 PM

Adobe has announced a beta release of Flash Player 11. You can download it directly for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

At the same time, the company has announced the availability of the Adobe AIR 3 beta. You can download it directly for Windows and Mac. Last month, Adobe killed AIR for Linux and announced it would focus on mobile instead.

Adobe says that this first beta is a desktop release, but that it is working hard on a mobile version, which will be coming soon. The company also lists the following features and performance enhancements included in the betas of Flash Player 11 and AIR 3:

  • Captive Runtime for AIR – this popular feature from AIR for iOS will now be available on AIR for desktop. Simplify the app installation process, reduce testing and certification cost by encapsulating the AIR runtime in your Windows, Mac, andAndroid apps.
  • Native 64-bit support for Flash Player – take advantage of new 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit Web browsers on Windows, Mac OS, Linux.
  • Stage 3D graphics rendering – Stage 3D (codenamed Molehill) is a new method of 2D and 3D rendering and is supported with a new Stage3D API. The Stage3D API is a set of low-level GPU-accelerated APIs enabling advanced 2D and 3D capabilities across multiple screens and devices (desktop, mobile, and TV). These new low-level APIs will provide 2D and 3D engine developers the flexibility to leverage GPU hardware acceleration for significant performance gains.
  • H.264/AVC SW Encode for camera encoding – higher compression efficiency and industry wide support for real-time communications and non-real-time broadcast scenarios, like webcasting, livecasting, etc.
  • Native JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) support – enables ActionScript programmers to take advantage of fast parsing and generation of JSON-formatted data. Take existing data and integrate it with minimal or no modification into your ActionScript project.

I honestly don't really care about 3D, but I do care about 64-bit support. It's nice to see that the 64-bit Flash preview Adobe offered back in September 2010 is finally being integrated into the main release.

In related news, Adobe has also announced a new public bugbase system (Adobe Bugbase) where you can file bugs and feature requests for both Flash Player and AIR. The new bugbase is a public front end to Adobe's internal bugbase, which will improve tracking, communication, and responsiveness for issues and feature requests. The former bugbase (Adobe Bug and Issue Management System) will remain available as read-only. Adobe is in the process of transferring over all relevant issues and feature requests to the new system.

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dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Woo hoo! Adobe Flash.......beta

This should be plain sailing !

Guest said:

I totally agree. Although I'm glad to see Flash with 64bit!

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Nothing too exciting, but the 64-bit support is definitely long overdue.

z0k! said:

Typo on the last paragraph first line,'Adboe'

kpo6969 kpo6969 said:

Flash Square 64 bit updated is a long time coming. Running any Adobe release for 8 months without an update or fix is a concern, considering all the security holes that are being constantly plugged with fixes and or updates.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

Native 64-bit support is much appreciated. My newest PC runs Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and this latest flash player release should provide performance boosts to the system.

Guest said:

What are the benefits of the 64 bit version? Does the browser need to be 64 bit too?

Guest said:

Looking forward to the day when adobe flash gets flushed.

They are everything bad there is about the internet in terms of security and reliability.

HTML5 is the way to go.

ColdPreacher said:

Most likely not as the adobe engine runs as a separate plugin different from the browser.

Guest said:

I don't care for the constant updates, but I never had any security issues I know of (with Net porn vids!), but remember Adobe's Flash is really just good ole Macromedia. I got the various Adobe installers saved for setting up earlier Windows disk systems I refurbish.

Guest said:

Flash 11 is cool, it's the future (look at 3D features!).

Guest said:

WWwwoOOowwWW !!! 64bit flash for linux!!

now they just need to fix it so I dont have to press the reset button everytime i try to watch a flash video.

Guest said:

The significant additions in the Adobe 64 BitFlash 11 Beta are as follows :(1) the new Stage 3D API (2) better encoding for high definition h 264 content (3) enables faster video chatting with better quality on PC's equipped with HD Webcams.

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