Adobe Flash Player, previously known as Shockwave Flash is a software platform that allow you to access content created on the Adobe Flash platform. This includes vector graphics, browser interactions, desktop applications, animations, mobile applications, and much more. The software is freeware, meaning you need not pay any money to download or access its features , although you do need to have the proprietary software needed to create the applications you will be viewing and interacting with. You can view multimedia content, stream audio and video, as well as execute rich internet applications with minimal fuss.
The unmatched versatility of the platform put it at the forefront of software development for many years since it was first unveiled 22 years ago, and it continues to have many fans among software developers and consumers alike. The fact that it is free of licensing fees has made it he platform of choice both for independent developers trying to reach as wide a market as possible as well as big-budget operations that seek to keep as close to their target markets as possible. It works for everybody, it seems. It can be made use of on mobile devices, as a browser plug-in, or as an in-built feature of many web browsers. It offers plenty of uses to game, mobile, enterprise, and video developers.
To truly appreciate the qualities of this software we need to take a look at what it can do, and that’s what this piece, however lightly, will try to do. Note that we’ll be focusing on some of the newest feature and specifications upgrades to the software.
Let’s get right into it.
1. Staging 3D Worlds
One of the biggest factors contributing to the popularity of Adobe Flash Player has been, since its inception, the ability to deliver a superior user experience in terms of the sophistication of its on-screen effects. The platform has retained its place at the forefront in this field over the years, delivering, with reliable consistency, stunningly fast 2D and 3D cinematic effects and games.
Users have the ability to incorporate the power of fully accelerated GPU rendering to produce their effects. The end result is more immediately responsive, high-performance games, animated user interfaces, and all related content. It is especially adept at designating shared memory and leveraging machine resources in the most effective way to deliver the very highest performance for user applications possible.
2. Full-Screen Mouse Support
Game and web developers have long bemoaned the lack of software platforms that make full use of the potential of mouse controls without placing limits on what they can do. Well, Adobe Flash Player caters to them, especially in their most recent versions, which are designed to allow for fully panoramic, seamlessly immersive games that make use of all possible mouse input functions including mouse lock, infinite scrolling, relative mouse co-ordinates, as well as the middle- and right-click events. You can get a whole lot more versatility when you design a game with these options available.
3. HD Quality Video Experience
The perennial issue of developing interactive elements across browsers and devices with minimal complexity is taken care of with Adobe Flash Player. The platform makes it relatively easy to deliver full-screen interactive content complete with full keyboard support across all major browsers including Firefox, Google chrome, and Internet Explorer, with full support accorded to Mac and Windows operating systems.
As it is compatible with both major operating systems, it manages, with seamless smoothness, to support all the major industry-standard codecs such as AAC, MP3, H264, and many others. The GPU acceleration support we mentioned earlier means you can do all this with the maximum video performance quality and power available anywhere.
4. Content Security
The platform has a built-in capability to handle the delivery of premium content in a way that is protected from unauthorized access, which, in today’s digitized world, is of major importance to content providers all over the world. Utilizing affiliated features such as Adobe Access, Adobe Flash Player makes it possible to reach viewers with optimized premium streaming content supportive of streaming standards such as RTMP, HDS, as well as progressive video. This can be done across any number of Content Delivery Network (CDN) configurations in use.
What this means for content creators and distributors is that the platform will support various business models of content delivery, including video-on-demand, HD rental, live broadcast, electronic sell-through, and subscription services. All this translates, of course, to a maximum variety of choices for the end consumer, which is never bad thing.
5. Multi-core Rendering for Exceptional Performance
As we’ve stressed elsewhere, Adobe Flash Player puts particular emphasis on harnessing your device’s hardware capabilities in order to deliver the absolute best quality experience to end-users that the latest in technology can support. This isn’t the case with all similar platforms. Many competitors will fall behind as technology advances, computers become more powerful, and user-demands become more extensive.
This platform’s latest editions make it possible for web, game, and interface designers to create the most memory-hungry products safe in the knowledge that it will render them faithfully for the end user, as long as their device has the required hardware capacity. High-performance vector graphics are not a problem, and neither is displaying 1080p high-definition videos as the platform has the ability to make use of devices with up to four CPU cores – enough for the most demanding computing tasks you can think up.
6. SWV File Optimization and Advanced Bitmap Control
Web developers and animators have long been some of the most ardent adherents of Adobe Flash Player due to the advanced support it gives the creators of cutting-edge interactive tools and animations. By making use of techniques such as bitmap caching, enhanced high-resolution bitmap support, and asynchronous bitmap decoding, the platform has the ability to effortlessly deliver smoother animation and more complex interactivity to end users, making their experience all the more satisfying. In addition to this, use of the LZMA compression algorithm makes it possible to access optimized SWV files,which are smoother, faster, and less resource intensive.