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Windows 7: What's Adobe's 64-bit Flash plan?

21 Jun 2010   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
What's Adobe's 64-bit Flash plan?

Adobe Systems pulled the plug on its only 64-bit version of Flash, an experimental version for Linux. But the project remains a "high priority."

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What's Adobe's 64-bit Flash plan? | Deep Tech - CNET News


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23 Jun 2010   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

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What stands in the way of 64-bit Flash's return, and not just for Linux? Nguyen says it's not the core of the engine, but rather the supporting software:

The issue that comes to mind when going from 32-bit to 64-bit--the actual size of memory addresses--was addressed by our engineers some time ago. The main issue has been libraries. Flash Player relies on many code libraries for functionality like audio and video playback or hardware acceleration. If a library that Flash Player depends on isn't available in 64-bit, we need to rewrite code for new libraries. Flash Player is used to create powerful, beautiful apps and content, but it can also play back a wide array of media, from video clips back to Flash Player 6 to, say, the latest and greatest H.264 HD video streaming live with hardware acceleration. To do so natively in 64-bit, all of the many library dependencies must be available or rewritten for 64-bit. For example, on Mac OS X, we rewrote code that used the older Carbon libraries, which were 32-bit only, to instead use modern Cocoa libraries. Except for compatibility code we include for non-Cocoa browsers, Flash Player 10.1 is now fully rewritten for Cocoa, setting the stage for a 64-bit Flash Player.

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We expect 64-bit to be in wide use," Nguyen said, "and Flash Player will take advantage of native 64-bit."

To me, it seems that Adobe's 'high priority' is to sit back and wait until 64 bit library code is common-place as the work has already been done by others and not themselves. Then they'll step up to the plate.
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23 Jun 2010   #3
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
To me, it seems that Adobe's 'high priority' is to sit back and wait until 64 bit library code is common-place as the work has already been done by others and not themselves. Then they'll step up to the plate.
Right after they fix all their stability and security issues, right?

~Lordbob
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23 Jun 2010   #4
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for a 64-bit version of Flash. 64-bit computing has been in the mainstream since the release of Vista in 2007 (and, to a lesser extent, a few years prior with the release of XP 64-bit although this wasn't as easy to come by). As such, they have had at least 5 years to develop it.

The issues of stability and security can be addressed quite simply. Stability can only be addressed by having Beta versions available so that any bugs can be found out and dealt with, remembering that some bugs may only manifest themselves on specific hardware configurations. Again with security. There is no such thing as a 100% secure program, for there are always unscrupulous people who will disect such programs to look for any errors in the code that they can use to hook in malware. Of course, programs are made to be as secure as possible, but the absolute security of a program can never be guaranteed as malware is constantly developing. This is partially due to the complexity of modern programs which are comprised of many lines of code, in some cases well over a million, and in these cases it is unfortunate but inevitable that bugs remain causing security and other issues.
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23 Jun 2010   #5
smarteyeball

 
 

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Right after they fix all their stability and security issues, right?

~Lordbob
ha ha, yep - that's about right
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23 Jun 2010   #6
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

I think they are waiting for the 128bit OS to come out
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23 Jun 2010   #7
kronckew

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

adobe do not have a plan, project, budget, schedule or clue when it comes to the x64 flash. all they will say is that they remain committed to producing an x64 version for windows at some nebulous future date, this has not changed since the cancellation of the linux x64 version project. adobe has remained silent on the adobe forum at adobe....
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23 Jun 2010   #8
kodi

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Why would Adobe bother to waste time on Flash when there is no money in it for them, they would rather have their Development team working on photoshop etc that they can charge exorbitant prices for.
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23 Jun 2010   #9
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

This is what you get when visiting the Adobe website from within a 64-bit browser and clicking on Adobe - Adobe Flash Player

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Somewhat ironic, don't you think.


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24 Jun 2010   #10
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
Why would Adobe bother to waste time on Flash when there is no money in it for them, they would rather have their Development team working on photoshop etc that they can charge exorbitant prices for.
very well stated!!



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This is what you get when visiting the Adobe website from within a 64-bit browser and clicking on Adobe - Adobe Flash Player

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Somewhat ironic, don't you think.
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