Introducing Flash Player 10.3 beta! by Thibault Imbert

Native Global Settings ManagerWe recently announced the Incubator program with a preview of the next generation 3D GPU accelerated APIs (Molehill) coming in the Adobe Flash runtimes. As you know, features or builds from the Incubator program include features under development or things we are considering adding. But what about features coming in the next Flash Player release ? Well, we are happy to announce the availability of Flash Player 10.3 beta for Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Note : Note that the Incubator builds available in the Incubator program contain the features available in Flash Player 10.3.

Flash Player 10.3 will also be available in the future on mobile devices, we invite you to test the following features and let us know what you think through the Adobe Flash Player 10.3 beta forums:

Media Measurement – Measuring video just got easier. With Flash Player 10.3 and Adobe® SiteCatalyst®, developers can implement video analytics with as little as two lines of code for the first time.  Analytics solutions can use a new set of open APIs to easily implement consistent video analytics irrespective of implementation or delivery protocol.  Media Measurement for Flash allows companies to get real-time, aggregated reporting of how their video content is distributed, what the audience reach is, and how much video is played. For instance, using a very few lines of code you will be able to retrieve all the NetStream instances created in your applications, access any meta data (XMP) associated to media being played, and more through the NetDataEvent event. Make sure to check the NetMonitor API and the additions done to the NetStreamInfo API. We also improved the consistency over events dispatched by theNetStream API when dealing with progressive, HTTP or RTMP streaming. We also added helper APIs like pageDomain property on the Security object to expose domain of the current URL.

Acoustic Echo Cancellation – Flash Player 10.3 enables developers to create real-time online collaboration experiences with high-quality audio, such as telephony, in-game voice chat, and group conferencing applications. Developers can take advantage of acoustic echo cancellation, noise suppression, voice activity detection, and automatic compensation for various microphone input levels. End users will be able to experience higher quality audio facilitating smoother conversation flow, without using a headset. Make sure you check the newMicrophoneEnhancedOptions and Microphone.getEnhancedMicrophone() APIs.

In addition to acoustic echo removal, the following functionality will also be available through the MicrophoneEnhancedOptions API:

  • Noise suppression - Remove ambient noise from microphone input.
  • Automatic gain control - Compensate for level variation of microphone input (due to distance of speaker, etc.).
  • Voice activity detection - Provides information whether speech/voice is detected.

Integration with browser privacy controls for managing local storage – Users will have a simpler way to clear local storage from the browser settings interface – similar to how users clear their browser cookies today. Flash Player 10.3 integrates control of local storage with the browser’s privacy settings in Mozilla Firefox 4, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and higher, and future releases of Apple Safari and Google Chrome. See this related post we published in January.

Native Control Panel – The Global Settings Manager is currently a SWF residing on macromedia.com, Flash Player 10.3 provides users with streamlined controls for managing their Flash Player privacy, security and storage settings. Windows, Mac, and Linux users can access the Flash Player Settings Manager directly from the Control Panels or System Preferences on their computers. See this related post we published in January.

Auto-Update Notification for Mac OS – Flash Player 10.3 supports automatic notification of software updates on Mac OS, making it easier for Mac users to stay current with new capabilities in the latest version of Flash Player.

Now, you may be thinking, what! No 64-bit version! As we announced during the Flash Player "Square" program, 64-bit is coming for the next major version of the Flash Player, so please wait a little more time, I know it is painful, but this is for the good! Next major version will be killer ;)

To download the beta release of Flash Player 10.3, visit Adobe Labs. We look forward to hearing your feedback, which will help us make Flash Player better for you. To log bugs about issues found in Flash Player 10.3 builds, please use the Adobe bugbase at bugs.adobe.com/flashplayer and select Flash Player 10.3 for the version.

Comments (20)

  1. Tahir Ahmed wrote::

    “See this related post we published in January” ??

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7:41 am #
  2. Thibault Imbert wrote::

    Hi Tahir,

    Sorry, fixed ;)

    Thibault

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7:43 am #
  3. Olivier wrote::

    I think I like this new release cycle! Good work!

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 8:17 am #
  4. TK wrote::

    Could you guys possibly build a 64bit content debugger for Linux? I’ve been emulating 32bit for years, but it’s unstable as hell and crashes often. It’s always good to hear about new releases, so I’m really hoping for a debugger in Square.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 8:30 am #
  5. Finally we have a native settings panel! It’s awesome to know this.

    I’m looking forward to test the new features, specially the microphone stuff.

    Keep the good work, guys.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 8:45 am #
  6. Héctor wrote::

    Nice updates you got in there ;P. Although when I saw this update after seeing the FP 11 Beta I though “WTF!”.

    I hope this doesn’t mean FP 11 will be released in something like 9 or more months, because I know there are people waiting for some version without the “watermarked” version.

    And not to bother you at all, but TK is right, the 64-bit version should be getting some more love, I was expecting that by now, the player codebase would be more standardized so it could be compiled for either 32 or 64 bit architectures.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 11:18 am #
  7. Ross R wrote::

    “Note that the Incubator builds available in the Incubator program contain the features available in Flash Player 10.3.”

    I have the Incubator release installed, and yet I don’t seem to have the Native Control Panel…

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm #
  8. Thibault Imbert wrote::

    Hi Ross,

    That should not be the case. Works for us here. Which OS are you running and can you double check which exact version you are running ?

    Thanks!

    Thibault

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm #
  9. Héctor wrote::

    Thibault, just wondered, for each new 10.3 release, will you release a new 11 beta adding the 10.3 improvements? Is there any plan regarding this?

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm #
  10. Ross R wrote::

    Thibault

    I am running Win XP SP3. And the player version is: 11,0,0,58

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm #
  11. Jinushaun wrote::

    Native settings panel… Finally!!

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 8:52 am #
  12. Kuba M. wrote::

    Anyone has checked the AEC feature? Even if I swap the playerglobal.swc to 10.3 and target output fp to 10.3 it still throws no Microphone.getEnhancedMicrophone found. Any idea, may the solution would be waiting to the next SDK release? :)

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 11:15 am #
  13. Thibault Imbert wrote::

    Hi Kuba,

    Did you check that you have the -swf-version=12 compiler argument set? Those new APIs are version checked for SWF12.

    Let me know,

    Thibault

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 11:17 am #
  14. Kuba M. wrote::

    Thanks Thibault, it helped :)

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 11:36 am #
  15. jloa wrote::

    omg! “Acoustic Echo Cancellation” finally! We’ve been waiting for it for 2 years! Yahoooo! Many thx 2 adobe!
    Really missed that feature 8)

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm #
  16. BobTheCoolGuy wrote::

    Aren’t some of those microphone features already available?

    Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 1:09 am #
  17. Thibault Imbert wrote::

    Hi Bob,

    Those features are available through the Incubator builds, but no player already released.

    Thibault

    Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 2:19 am #
  18. BobTheCoolGuy wrote::

    Thanks. I mistook setUseEchoSuppression for the one in 10.3, which looks much more advanced. Just to clarify, this also means that the Voice Activity Detection will be more advanced than setSilenceLevel? Anyway, these sound great and should really help make the mic more useable.

    Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 5:16 am #
  19. Hannes wrote::

    I second TK’s request – please make a 64 bit Linux Content Debugger! :-)

    Thanks
    Hannes

    Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10:59 am #
  20. Bluespear wrote::

    Always the same for 64 bit Linux… It continuously switch between “Pre-release support, barely usable” and “No support, wait and stfu”.
    Well, I have been developing a Flex application during a 6 months project for a linux platform (both 64 and 32 bits targets) and it is a pain to check the plugin compliance on all pc’s.

    I hope Adobe will considere improving 64 bit linux support soon, or maybe Oracle will finally do something decent with JavaFX :) Oh, and dont forget HTML5 :D

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 9:36 am #

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