Flash 10 packs in a slew of new features including native 3-D transformations and animation, improved support for custom filters and, most notable for those of you drooling over the new MacBooks, GPU hardware acceleration. Designers are probably most excited about the new text engine which offers much better font rendering and there have also been some long-awaited improvements to audio handling in Flash.
Video playback gets a boost in Flash Player 10, as well. Although it only works with video streaming from Flash Media Server, the new Flash Player can new detect and modify bitrates on the fly, automatically adjusting video quality as bandwidth fluctuates. That could mean much smoother streaming without the annoying pauses or stuttering that happens when you watch videos online.
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