Adobe has released a beta of Flash Player 10.3 that – among other new niceties – includes a preferences pane for managing your storage, camera, playback, and other settings. Previously, users needed to access an Adobe-hosted settings webpage to control preferences for global and website privacy and storage, security, protected …
I like the nice touch of demonstrating this on an apple...well known for their support of the Flash platform.
Yeah, yeah, only the mobile hardware etc etc, but you've gotta admit it's a wee bit delicious...
Adobe finally pulls its finger out
It's only taken 5-6 years to make a preference panel that looks like it belongs on the Mac OS. If they keep improving at that rate, I might think about removing ClickToFlash in about a decade.
How was auto update implemented?
Both Windows and OS X, naturally Linux have their system wide schedulers which isn't rocket science to setup.
For example, Apple, who isn't the best windows coder implements apple software update using windows scheduled tasks.
I mean, hopefully adobe doesn't add another thing to resident updater junk which is already overloaded. Also because of the huge install base, its exploits will be on black market. In case it stupidly runs 24/7
Now all we need is an installer which installs both NPAPI and ActiveX versions at the same time on Windows and an uninstaller which uninstalls all versions of Flash wherever they may be as its moved about over the years.
Can't fault Adobe's recent work on OS X
the prefpane is an unexpected bonus, and most welcome
That prefs dialog was evil
Flash had the most ugly prefs configuration going, and from a privacy standpoint it was terrible. I hope by moving stuff client side that it's easier to control.
As (n)ever was
Those prefs have been available by control-clicking (Mac) on a Flash pane. Granted, they were tiny and hard to deal with, but they were there...
Are these preferences scriptable as part of the install?
Or at least a config file that can be copied over after the install?
Since in a mass deployment, I don't want to rely on users to do things like turn off auto update checks.
64 bit support?
Does it have it? Or is that asking for too much?
Re: 64 bit support?
On Linux for ages (*) :)
* for small values of "ages"
More interesting questions
Does it have video hardware acceleration on Linux and what API does it use.
More interesting questions
As far as I can gather linux hardware accel is limited still to vdpau + nvidia, check phoronix for more info they did a page yesterday about it.
* and certain values of "support"
From Adobe's page:
"When will Adobe Flash Player support 64-bit operating systems and browsers?
Flash Player 10.3 will not have 64-bit support. Support for 64-bit operating systems and web browsers on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows is currently available in the Flash Player "Square" preview release on Adobe Labs. Developers can use the "Square" preview with the current Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 9 beta. Availability of 64-bit support in a publically available release for consumers will be announced at a later date."
The latest "square" release is pre-10.2 and doesn't seem to get security updates like the full releases.
File name: libflashplayer.so
Shockwave Flash 10.3 d162
Linux falkor 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Wed Jan 12 03:40:32 UTC 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Answering myself (dug it out from their revision notes)
Nvidia and Set Top Box chipsets.
The former is an obvious choice - it works. I would really like the day when ATI drivers work, but it is not really there. I have two laptops and a desktop with Radeons inside and they all are rather wobbly.
The latter choice (STB - Broadcom ClearHD) is a more interesting one. We may be heading to a "flash everywhere" world after all regardless of the resistance by some manufacturers, cough, cough...
Now it's all out in the open...
...that's a scary amount of stuff Flash was doing behind my back.
Never mind the window dressing, can we have the 64bit version?
Mostly extras that we could have done without for a little while longer.
Why don't they actually finish the 64bit version they said they announced they were 'working on' back in about 2008?
What about stability (still utterly dire) and what about accessibility (non-existent)?
Is this version able to support Accessibility features (e.g. Voiceover on OS X) on anything other than Windows yet? And is there any move towards actually making this POS remotely stable on OS X? Or is it continued FAIL as always?