Flash Player Square - IllustrationWhat's next ? You guys may ask. It's been a while since I wanted to talk about this, but there it is, the Flash Player "Square" preview has been posted this morning.

The drops we posted today includes :

- 64-bit releases for the following platforms (Linux, MacOS and Windows).
- Enchanced support for IE9 (leveraging the GPU through Direct3D9 for compositing)

So what is this Flash Player "Square" thing ?

This preview includes support for two new areas, namely enhanced support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Beta and native 64-bit support for all major desktop operating systems including Linux, Mac, and Windows.

As part of our collaboration with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team over the past few months, Flash Player “Square” has been enhanced to directly support the hardware-accelerated graphics capabilities in the newest version of IE. Flash Player “Square” leverages the new GPU support available with Internet Explorer 9 Beta to deliver a faster and more responsive user experience with Flash content. In our internal testing, we’ve seen significant improvements in Flash Player graphics performance exceeding 35% in Internet Explorer 9 Beta compared to Flash Player running in previous versions of IE. While the performance improvements will vary based on the type of content and how it’s created, bitmap-heavy Flash content will experience the greatest benefit. Flash content that’s embedded as transparent (wmode=”transparent”) will also run more efficiently given the benefits of offloading the HTML and Flash compositing to the GPU. Try it out by downloading the Internet Explorer 9 Beta and the Flash Player “Square” preview. We’d appreciate your feedback and observations on performance.

The community has been very vocal around the need for native 64-bit support and we’ve heard you loud and clear. Today we’re also sharing a refresh of the Linux 64-bit version of Flash Player together with the first preview of both the 64-bit Windows and Mac versions. If you’re using a 64-bit browser, I encourage you to install a 64-bit version of Flash Player and give it try. These new versions are fully functional, so all content should be compatible. We’ve found “Square” to be stable and ready for broad testing, but keep in mind this a sneak peak and not everything will be fully baked. Those using the previous 64-bit version of Flash Player for Linux should find this new version even faster and more stable.  If you encounter any issues, I’d encourage you to file a bug in our public database [https://bugs.adobe.com/flashplayer/] so we can investigate.

Check the release notes and the FAQ, it should answer most of your questions.

Why "Square" ?

Well, as you can imagine we are a lot of nerds in the player team. So you should be able to find out quickly ;)

Also, expect more to come in the following months, cause winter is going to be great for Flash developers, and 2011 even better ;)

To download this, go to adobe.com/fpsquare