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Adobe Launches 64-Bit Flash Player ''Preview''

Adobe's Paul Betlem said Thursday that a special preview build of Adobe Flash Player--dubbed as "Square"--is available to download. The new preview build offers enhanced support for the just-released beta of Internet Explorer 9, and native 64-bit support for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

"Flash Player 'Square' leverages the new GPU support available with Internet Explorer 9 Beta to deliver a faster and more responsive user experience," Betlem said. "In our internal testing, we’ve seen significant improvements in Flash Player graphics performance--exceeding 35-percent in Internet Explorer 9 Beta compared to Flash Player running in previous versions of IE."

As for the 64-bit native support, Betlem said that Linux users should have a faster and even more reliable Flash experience than the previous version. Square also marks as the introduction of 64-bit Flash to Windows and Mac OS X, however users are cautioned to be on the lookout for any issues, as "not everything will be fully baked."

"We have made this preview available so that users can test existing content and new platforms for compatibility and stability," reads Adobe's warning. "Because this is a preview version of Flash Player, we don’t expect it to be as stable as a final release version of Flash Player. Use caution when installing Flash Player 'Square' on production machines."

To get the new Flash Player beta, head here. There are four versions to download: 64-bit Windows for Internet Explorer only, 64-bit Windows for all other browsers, 64-bit Mac OS X, and 64-bit Linux.

Users will need to keep this version up to date by manually installing updates from the Flash Player "Square" download page on Adobe Labs. There will be no automatic update notifications, and users will need to manually uninstall Square before installing the final "shipping" version.

  • jimmysmitty
    I guess it would be nice to test and see if it is faster. Flash has really gotten bad recently and with embeded hardware acceleration in IE9/FF4, it might not be as useful.
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  • IzzyCraft
    In test i've done on windows 7 64bit the optimizations aren't quite there compared to the 32bit in terms of speed for IE9. 64 bit doesn't mean after it just means more memory space which i guess the people who open 80 tabs at once of all youtube vids would like.
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  • micr0be
    7 years late, but thx
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  • Supertrek32
    IzzyCraftIn test i've done on windows 7 64bit the optimizations aren't quite there compared to the 32bit in terms of speed for IE9. 64 bit doesn't mean after it just means more memory space which i guess the people who open 80 tabs at once of all youtube vids would like.64 bit will run slightly faster, since it's the processor's native code. You also have to remember that this means people can finally use a 64 bit browser, with 64 bit plug ins, etc. So it adds up.

    Of course, will the majority or 64 bit users see any benefit? Most machines I've seen using 64 bit are plenty fast anyway...
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  • Bolbi
    They also released an x86 beta marked with the version number 10.2.161.22.
    But wow, I can actually run Minefield x64 with Flash and Java support! And it really works with the (admittedly limited) Flash content I've tested. Now, make x64 Silverlight and Shockwave and I'm ready to switch entirely.
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  • kancaras
    its running just fine with my ff4 beta7pre. finaly all-64bits browsing. dont know anything about speed but it runs pretty smooth. exept for a few errors i got after playing some simultaneous vids.
    btw i hate all that fuzz about speed speed speed tests tests tests. ff ftw and thats it.
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  • Pyroflea
    Dear Adobe:

    MAKE FLASH ACTUALLY WORK (especially on Linux).

    Thanks.
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  • calmstateofmind
    is it really that major to release a preview of flash? just get it all done and then give it to me.
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  • IzzyCraft
    calmstateofmindis it really that major to release a preview of flash? just get it all done and then give it to me.http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/

    I really dislike being unable to edit my posts on this side my one typo of after instead of faster mocks me!

    Also my stance is still valid, code optimizations aren't quite there in mots 64 bit versions of an originally 32bit program or at least most payed attention to as a 32 bit program.
    IE9 in sunspider javascript bench gets 300ms~ in 32bit and 800~ms in 64bit on my computer
    Assuming that adobe would even code their 64bit version with any care is to assume they really don't like html5
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  • enzo matrix
    calmstateofmindis it really that major to release a preview of flash? just get it all done and then give it to me.no one is forcing you to beta test it. Also, based on your comment, you obviously have no idea of the use or importance of beta testing.
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