Adobe released version 10.3 of their Flash Player this week. The key areas of improvement are auto-update notification and security control. Both of these features are welcome additions to the Flash Player for Mac users. Does this new version have any new performance enhancements?
As with the last major release 10.2, it is time to run Flash Player 10.3 through its paces to see if there are any performance improvements for Mac users. The tests below were conducted on the same machine and webpages as our previous tests. The latest versions of Safari and Firefox were used to compare Flash Player 10.2.152 with Flash Player 10.3.181 on the chart below.
As you can see from the tests, there is no major performance improvements for Adobe Flash 10.3. The Adobe 3D demo page did see some improvement in CPU usage, but this is probably due to bug fixing and not improvements. That is not to say this is not a good upgrade. The major feature improvements for Adobe Flash 10.3 include:
- Media Measurement: Gives developers the ability to track video usage.
- Acoustic Echo Cancellation: Gives developers the option to add noise cancellation to their audio output. It is only available for desktop users.
- Integration with browser privacy controls for managing local storage: Users can now clear locally stored Flash data like cookies in the browser. This is a big improvement for users looking to control their data.
- Native Control Panel: Adds a Flash control panel to System Preferences that give users control over what features flash applications can use like camera and mic and what data is stored locally. Another very welcome addition.
- Auto-Update notification for Mac OS: Finally, Flash will let users know when a new version is available.
- Security Enhancements: Improvements detailed here.
- Bug Fixes: Lots of bug fixes outlined in the released document.
Adobe Flash Player 10.3 does not include any performance improvements, but the security features and bug fixes make it a must upgrade. This player lets users control what data flash applications store on the local computer and which computer features they have access to. These feature were needed back in version 10.0, but at least Adobe has included them in the current version now. Go get the update from Adobe here.
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