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  • Adobe Flash 10.2 Out of Beta, Utilizes 'Stage Video'


    Adobe has officially released a major update of its flash player for Mac, version 10.2. The release is significant most notably for its inclusion of what Adobe calls 'Stage Video' technology that is used to utilize GPU hardware acceleration, drastically limiting the plugin's CPU usage.

    It was big news last fall when Apple's newest notebook, the ultra-slim MacBook Air was released without flash, and further testing revealed that installing flash on the tiny device could decrease the battery life to almost half of what was reported by Apple when the computer was released to the public. Hopefully this new flash technology will allow all Mac users, including those with the new MacBook air to utilize flash without worrying about significantly draining their batteries, and without using too much of the computer's memory.

    "Stage Video lets websites take advantage of full hardware acceleration of the entire video pipeline. This builds on the H.264 hardware accelerated decoding in Flash Player 10.1. Stage Video hardware acceleration means that Flash Player can play even higher quality video while using dramatically less processing power, giving users a better experience, greater performance, and longer battery life. In our testing across supported systems, we've found it's up to 34 times more efficient.

    Put another way, Flash Player using Stage Video can effortlessly play beautiful 1080p HD video with just 1-15% CPU usage on a common Mac or Windows computer* - working across platforms and browsers, it will enable the best video experience for the most people."

    The only downside to this update is that websites must update their own video players to use this major update. We can expect major websites such as YouTube should be on top of that in no time at all. This does mean that widespread improvements will take a little bit of time.

    This update comes as a nice improvement, particularly for Mac users. We all know how Steve Jobs feels about Flash, but for those who still rely on it in one way or another, we can all be very thankful for today's update.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Adobe Flash 10.2 Out of Beta, Utilizes 'Stage Video' started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. avenger's Avatar
      avenger -
      If jobs hates flash so much why is it on macs???
    1. hipzip2002's Avatar
      hipzip2002 -
      to sell them i guess
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by avenger View Post
      If jobs hates flash so much why is it on macs???
      Because Mac OS X isn't a closed system (yet) and developers are free to develop whatever they like for the platform.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Installed this. I might report back the battery consumption.
    1. amorod's Avatar
      amorod -
      Cool!! I wonder if that would make my old PowerBook play YouTube videos smoother?
    1. 97vrsix's Avatar
      97vrsix -
      It should! Lol

      I don't know why it's at least not in use on iPhone, if it is on mac. I understand flash is sort of a garbage program, but it's in use, wide span! So, embrace, or resist! Jobs chose to resist! And that blows for for of us that do use the junk code. Lol.

      Yea, go adobe! Maybe they made a good installer so the MACs will actually be able to install the update! Anyone of my other Apple users find this to be annoying?


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    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      That is good news, I think it's a little late for adobe to make a comeback that might put flash on the iOS devices, jobs is so on html5 that I don't think he'll look back now
    1. dragynstar's Avatar
      dragynstar -
      Just tested it out and saw huge improvements. Watched the video regarding the Verizon iphone antenna issue and CPU was at about 75%. Dropped to 25% or less after the update. Maybe now Steve will allow it on the iOS devices.
    1. mori's Avatar
      mori -
      i think jobs doent like flash cause of battery consumption, maybe they would do some test and add it but i still think html5 its a much better software
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Good to know, updating now.
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Jobs doesn't like flash because you can bypass his app store and play online games, he doesn't like anyone bypassing his store
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      still slams the CPU when streaming live events in Chrome and Firefox.

      I don't see any improvement at all in terms of CPU usage.
    1. Drizahy's Avatar
      Drizahy -
      Quote Originally Posted by adrian1480 View Post
      still slams the CPU when streaming live events in Chrome and Firefox.

      I don't see any improvement at all in terms of CPU usage.
      Did you try to play a stored flash video. I'm assuming live video feeds fall under the...

      The only downside to this update is that websites must update their own video players to use this major update. We can expect major websites such as YouTube should be on top of that in no time at all. This does mean that widespread improvements will take a little bit of time.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      i tried it out and didnt see an improvement trying to stream a colbert report episode, but that might be due to comedy central not updating it just yet.

      it was weird because i ran the video first before updating and was right around 70% cpu for firefox and after the update the same video was around 80% cpu