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Adobe's Flash Player 10.2 to Offer Up to Ten-Fold Improvement in CPU Efficiency

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Adobe's John Nack notes on his blog that the company's Flash Player 10.2, currently in beta testing, can offer up to a ten-fold improvement in CPU usage under certain circumstances by taking advantage of new "Stage Video" functionality to more fully utilize hardware acceleration, particularly for SWF files in which other elements have been overlaid on top of video.

Nack points to a demo from last month's Adobe MAX conference showing off how Flash Player 10.2 and Stage Video can reduce CPU load. The demo shows a standard Flash video playing on Apple's new 11-inch MacBook Air checking in at about 80% CPU usage, and when vector images are overlaid on the video, CPU usage spikes to over 120%. The same video using the new Stage Video API demonstrates CPU utilization of about 10% with and without vector images overlaid.

The Stage Video implementation requires that Flash developers update their video players to support the feature, but some major developers such as YouTube have already updated their players, with others expected to do so in the near future.

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batchtaster

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Now just wait for the penny to drop, that it's Windows-only, requires 8GB RAM, a $5000 graphics card or somesuch. Over-promise, under-deliver.
 
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oliversl

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Wake me up when 10.2 is out of beta and all videos in Youtube supports it. Until then, yaaaaw, same old story with Adobe Flash ...
 
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NinjaHERO

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And I think this has been Steve Jobs plan all along. The internet still needs flash. He just wants a much better flash. So don't support them until they get better. With current Iphone and Ipad sales, I guess this was enough of a motivator for Adobe. Let's hope it means we get flash to our apple devices.
 
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Cabbit

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There we go if they can improve accessibility then the wee kick in the teeth mite make Flash something worth keeping around for things open technologies can't do(DRM).
 
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HLdan

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Yep, and the previous version promised to be much better, NOT, and the one before that. Screw that, Flash sucks, it's dying thankfully, I'll be glad to move on to bigger and better things. Maybe Windows users are used to using crashing technologies daily but I'm not, I prefer and deserve better.
 
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FFArchitect

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#1: Where was this all along? You needed the HTML5 revolution in order to take action?

#2: It's too late, anyway. People are moving on.

#3: The shirt. My God, the shirt.
 
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Perhaps Adobe is finally going to create an efficient implementation -- and then just perhaps Jobs will have a change of heart. Flash could be a really useful tool. It's just a bit of a mess right now.
 
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I'll believe it when I see it on my computer. Ironically the demo video is flash using too much cpu. :rolleyes:

Chunky guy in a Star Trek shirt, how unprofessional looking. :eek:
 
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paolo-

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Lovely how the guy bashes the hardware when their software suddenly uses 10 times less power it needed :rolleyes:

Nice shirt too.
 
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Just shows how much Adobe neglected the mac version of flash in the past. It took Apple cutting them out entirely on new products to get them to actually get the product to where it should of been all along.
 
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fervor

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Lovely how the guy bashes the hardware when their software suddenly uses 10 times less power it needed :rolleyes:

Exactly what I was thinking. He didn't magically upgrade the CPU in the MacBook Air on the fly, so I guess it wasn't that underpowered in the first place - maybe it was your lousy programming slowing it down?

It looks to me like a vindication of what Jobs and company have been saying about Flash all along. They spend some time to optimize it and look what it can do all of a sudden!
 
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inlovewithi

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#1: Where was this all along? You needed the HTML5 revolution in order to take action?

#2: It's too late, anyway. People are moving on.

#3: The shirt. My God, the shirt.


1. This was in the works way before the iPad, and it's part of the natural evolution of things. Software gets improved, updated, but here some how people talk about flash as it it's static, and if it gets updated, then it's because of Apple.

2. One of the biggest selling point when I see people talking about getting a phone or whatever is that it has flash. I see the complete opposite, especially with the upcoming improvements. You have to remember that not everyone is at Macrumors, or follow Apple the way people would follow the white house, or other important things. When you only get your news here, it's like the world, and everything every other company does, they do because of Apple, and that's not the case on regular, whole industry focused websites.

3. No comment.
 
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slffl

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I actually believe Adobe will pull this off. I just downloaded Reader 10 (windows) and it's a HUGE improvement in efficiency and usability. It's almost as if Apple made it.
 
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Consultant

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What's new?

Flash still fails to reduce CPU usage, now enlists GPU to do the work.

Still fails to be efficient.
 
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