February 5, 2006

Flash on MacIntel

FYI: If you are planning to pick up an Intel-based Mac for your shop and also hope to use it for testing, you should make sure to back up the native-only Flash 8 player. This is because at this time you cannot download the special version of the Flash Player that ships with the new Intel Macs.

According to Adobe's Tini Oro, while PPC versions of Flash may run under Rosetta, you can expect rendering bugs and performance issues, especially with video.

Firefox users should also know that the bundled Flash Player will crash the current version of Firefox, though there is an unofficial native version of Firefox (and Camino) that do work.

Posted by Lewis Francis at February 5, 2006 10:26 PM

Emmy Huang, Product Manager for Flash Player at Adobe comments in Tinic Uro's blog entry that the version of Flash Player bundled with MacIntels should properly be considered a "preview release of the player and not a final release."

Posted by: Lewis Francis at February 19, 2006 8:22 PM

According to Bill Sanders' post on the FlashComm list, the preview release of Flash Player for Intel-based Macs also has issues with video quality when using the built-in iSight camera, featured on these models. External Firewire devices reportedly work fine.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at March 9, 2006 11:45 AM

As of 3.16.2006, MacIntel users who accidentally trashed their native plug-in can download a new preview release, more info here.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at March 17, 2006 4:42 PM
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