Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jun 2010 22:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV It's been a very long wait, but the release is finally here: Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1. Since Flash has come under increasing scrutiny, there's a lot at stake here for Adobe. This release is supposed to use far less resources while still being faster, more stable, and more secure. Update: No 64bit Flash player for now - on any platform. The Linux beta has been axed.
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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Fri 11th Jun 2010 07:07 UTC
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

And here I am bucking the status quo with my positive experience with Flash 10.1. I've for Safari 5.0 installed and Flash 10.1 Final - everything is working nicely, for CPU utilisation it is jumping between 20-30% which is only marginally worse than Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Flash 10.1 which is jumping between 17-28% even with hardware acceleration when watching the same video. The gap between Windows and Mac OS X when it comes to Flash is gradually closing - the ability for plugins to access Core Animation via the NPAPI is resulting in a video software decoding by the rendering going down the OpenGL path which is what CSS3 animation is using via Core Animation.

The old system used Quartz2D which isn't apparently suited for animation/video but Core Animation is which should result in a smoother experience. Hopefully with more optimisation, Webkit2 keeps developing, that the over all experience with Flash on Mac OS X will improve.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by tyrione on Fri 11th Jun 2010 19:43 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

And here I am bucking the status quo with my positive experience with Flash 10.1. I've for Safari 5.0 installed and Flash 10.1 Final - everything is working nicely, for CPU utilisation it is jumping between 20-30% which is only marginally worse than Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Flash 10.1 which is jumping between 17-28% even with hardware acceleration when watching the same video. The gap between Windows and Mac OS X when it comes to Flash is gradually closing - the ability for plugins to access Core Animation via the NPAPI is resulting in a video software decoding by the rendering going down the OpenGL path which is what CSS3 animation is using via Core Animation.

The old system used Quartz2D which isn't apparently suited for animation/video but Core Animation is which should result in a smoother experience. Hopefully with more optimisation, Webkit2 keeps developing, that the over all experience with Flash on Mac OS X will improve.


PowerPC Powerbook 15"

Safari 5 on Leopard 10.5.8

Safari before entering YouTube to watch the World Cup ad: 4% CPU utilization.

Hitting that Flash:

80% CPU utilization.

Me thinks they haven't optimized for PowerPC.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Sat 12th Jun 2010 02:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

PowerPC Powerbook 15"

Safari 5 on Leopard 10.5.8

Safari before entering YouTube to watch the World Cup ad: 4% CPU utilization.

Hitting that Flash:

80% CPU utilization.

Me thinks they haven't optimized for PowerPC.


Does your GPU support Core Animation? you'll probably find that the majority of the optimisation would have gone into Intel rather than PowerPC. At the end of the day, the PowerPC is dead and there is no use spending resources optimising for a dead platform - time to move on, upgrade and embrace the future.

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