Adobe Flash 10.1 officially released for the Desktop

Adobe has officially released Flash Player 10.1 for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. Paul Betlam from the official Adobe Flash Player blog had this to say about the update:

Performance and power efficiency was a huge focus since different devices have varying sized processors and memory, and we needed to ensure Flash Player 10.1 would work across all of them.

Interestingly, he also mentions better memory management in this version. This is something that Flash has traditionally lacked on the Mac. Here is the quote:

With Flash Player 10.1, we added new functionality that detects when memory is running low. Now, content that runs in Flash Player will automatically shut down when the available memory is running low.

Sadly, hardware acceleration for h.264 playback on the Mac and Linux is not incorporated into this release. If you want to check out the prerelease version of Flash Player that includes the hardware acceleration for Mac OS X 10.6.3, try out the “Gala Release.”

Let’s hope that Adobe keeps working on making Flash take up less resources. In the mean time, you can reduce your exposure to Flash with apps like Bash Flash and Click To Flash.

Are you upgrading to Flash 10.1? What are your results? Let us know by commenting on this post, or you can hit me up on Twitter.

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Grant is a writer from Delaware. In his spare time, Grant maintains a personal blog, hosts The Weekly Roar, hosts Quadcast, and writes for video games.