Adobe Flash Player 9

Prod­uct Man­ag­er Emmy Huang writes in the Adobe Devel­op­ment Cen­ter:

As we looked at our goals for Flash Play­er 9, how­ev­er, we real­ized that it would be too lim­it­ing to con­tin­ue to evolve the exist­ing engine. We want­ed to cre­ate a water­shed moment in the his­to­ry of Flash Play­er, and to deliv­er it we need­ed to be able to inno­vate with­out con­straint.

As a result, Action­Script 3.0 is essen­tial­ly a full rewrite of the Action­Script engine. Action­Script 3.0 exe­cutes in a new, high­ly-opti­mized vir­tu­al machine known as AVM2, which we built for effi­cien­cy and per­for­mance. Although AVM2 will be the pri­ma­ry vir­tu­al machine for Action­Script exe­cu­tion going for­ward, Flash Play­er will con­tin­ue to sup­port the old­er AVM1 for back­wards com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with exist­ing and lega­cy con­tent.

How­ev­er, in order to take advan­tage of the new fea­tures, we’ll have to wait for the release of Flash Pro­fes­sion­al 9, (or play around with an alpha patch for Flash 8), accord­ing to the FAQ:

Design­ers and devel­op­ers inter­est­ed in using new Flash Play­er 9 fea­tures are wel­come to explore the pub­lic alpha of Adobe Flash Pro­fes­sion­al 9 Action­Script 3.0 avail­able on Adobe Labs.

It’s curi­ous­ly timed… isn’t it unprece­dent­ed for Macromedia/Adobe releas­ing Play­er 9 almost a year in advance of Flash Pro­fes­sion­al 9? And, I don’t think that we’ll see wide-spread adop­tion until there is actu­al­ly some Flash 9 con­tent out there on the web. I’ll start pay­ing atten­tion in 2007.

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