Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1 for Mac OS X in final form. The company promises “faster video playback, more efficient CPU utilization, and greater battery life” from the new release.
An Adobe blog post states:
“Mac performance was also an explicit focus for us. One improvement we made is the use of a double-buffered OpenGL context for improved full screen playback efficiency. We also investigated a number of compile-time optimizations using Xcode to improve our overall execution speed of Flash Player on Macs. Rendering performance was improved by our use of Core Animation. For Macs running OS X 10.6 or greater, we leverage the hardware acceleration in Core Animation to dramatically improve the efficiency of displaying web pages which combine both SWF and HTML content.”
Given Flash’s performance and stability issues in heretofore releases, we recommend users update to the latest release which–in theory, at least–resolves some of these problems.
The new release is available here.