The Flash Platform team at Adobe is very happy to announce a beta release of Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux is now available for download on Adobe Labs.
Flash Player 10.2 beta introduces a number of major enhancements including Stage Video, a new API that delivers high performance video playback across platforms.
The new beta also includes hardware acceleration support previewed earlier (in Flash Player codename “Square”), added and enhanced text rendering as well as two very popular requests from the us in the community: a native custom mouse cursors API and support for full screen playback with multiple monitors.
Especially the latter has been bugging my clients on a number of projects resorting us to change requirements from animated cursors and complex ones to simple native ones which kept bugging the UX guys at our clients.
The new API for native custom cursors allows developers to create their own cursors, static or animated, and ask the native OS to render them rather than use resources to manually draw custom cursors. This opens up new creative possibilities and can improve responsiveness in games, applications, and other content where we as I said before, have been forced to scrap the requirements and go below the 110% systems we always want to deliver.
Among the other mentionable features of this release, the Stage Video is a very interesting one, as in fact, today Google TV already takes advantage of Stage Video in Flash Player to deliver gorgeous 1080p HD video playback on TVs…
Anyways… promise to keep you updated, in the meantime:
oh oh… don’t forget to check this video out on the Flash Player Video Performance improvements in this version…