Today Adobe announced that its Flash Player 10.1 update is now ready and available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
Recently Adobe Flash Player was severely criticized for its performance issues, lack of security and power management capabilities. Several users also complained that the Flash Player was making their systems slow as it was consuming more memory.
But this will not be the case with this new Flash Player update as Adobe in its blog post said that the new Flash Player 10.1 has been recoded completely and has got several new features for improved performance, security, power management and more video features. Also the new flash player has been fine tuned for Mac users.
On the memory front, the new flash player will automatically shut off if your system is running out of memory. In power management as well if you have opened several browser pages or tabs with flash running then the priority will be given only on that page which you are viewing and all other flash instances will be shut off and have to be started again. To maintain security and users privacy, the new flash player will not cache any data on your local system if your browser is running on private mode.
The new Flash Player now offers smooth online video streaming, peer-to-peer video support and a better buffering system. Although Adobe openly supported Google’s WebM video codec, there is no mention of any support of WebM on Flash Player 10.1 and will support only H.264 video codec. But we feel they will soon come out with some updates on this.
Here is a good news for multitouch device manufacturers as the new Flash Player will now support all those multitouch features which they ever wanted.
Apart from the Flash Player update, Adobe has updated its AIR platform to Version 2 which has got improved performance, HTML support and better memory management apart from API support for developers.