Adobe Flash 11 Beta Released, Supports 64-bit Version of Major OS

Software maker Adobe has released the beta version of Flash 11 which comes with support for 64 bit versions of Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

64-bit support in Flash has been long overdue. The company had started working on a 64-bit plug-in back in 2008 but had stalled the project as it focused on other things. The initial project was scraped last year and the company set itself to develop a new plugin.

Prior to the Flash 11 beta release, Linux users had to use third party frameworks to run 32-bit version of Flash on the 64-bit systems. But all of that is about to change with native support for 64-bit Linux in Flash 11.

In a blog post, Adobe said that the new beta will also come with Stage 3D graphics rendering feature, which will hardware accelerated 3D rendering capabilities to Flash.

The beta will also come with support for H.264 encoding of live and non-live communications, which increases their efficiency. Flash 11 Beta also comes with JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) support which “enables ActionScript programmers take advantage of fast parsing and generation of JSON-formatted data. Take existing data and integrate it with minimal or no modification into your ActionScript project.”