Adobe, the California based software giant, has announced the launch of test versions of its net-based applications, Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Integrated Runtime 2.
For the uninitiated, Adobe Flash is a software which is widely used by web browsers to get access to streaming videos, interactive graphics and games. Meanwhile AIR, which has Flash built-in, provides a common platform for many desktop applications.
It is to be noted that Flash Player 10.1 not only works with MAC OS X but also with Linux and Windows computers providing a hardware-based decoding of the popular H.264 video format along with HTTP support.
The Flash Player 10.1 is also designed for a host of smart phones but that support will not be available before the first half of 2010 although a version for the Palm Pre smartphone will be available at the end of this year.
On the other hand, AIR 2 is capable of communicating with USB storage devices, monitoring multitouch user interfaces, tapping into microphone audio data, rendering Web pages using HTML5 and CSS version 3, and using UDP networking which is useful for in-game chat. The final version of AIR 2 is also scheduled to be launched next year.
Earlier this year, Adobe also unveiled the full Flash runtime for mobile devices which could potentially set the scene for Flash on the iPhone. Early previews show that the new Flash player has indeed managed to alleviate some of the concerns linked with performance.