Adobe Releases 64-bit Flash Beta

image & character via DC Comics

What a mad treasure trove of riches Adobe’s corporate blog has been of late! In the past few days, they’ve waxed over their return to the iPhone application development arena, announced an HTML 5 plug-in for Illustrator and now this: A 64-bit beta version of their love-it-or-hate-it Flash Player! What could be better? According to Adobe the new player, which Adobe has called “Flash Player Square,” is available for just about every operating system under the sun, including OS X.

No doubt you’ll recall that Flash on the whole is not looked at too favorably by some folks at Apple. Much of this comes from the issues Flash has traditionally caused on Macs due to the resource hungry nature of the software. While Adobe’s statement laud’s the 64-bit version of their software for its usebility, it’s worth mentioning that as it is still in beta, Flash Player Square could melt both your computer’s processor and your face. In a bit of doubletalk, Adobe themselves have admitted that “…these new versions are fully functional, so all content should be compatible. We’ve found ‘Square’ to be stable and ready for broad testing, but keep in mind this a sneak peak and not everything will be fully baked.”

That’s fancy corporate language for “we think it should work for you, but we could be wrong.” Feeling adventurous? You can download your own copy of the Flash Player Square beta here.


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