Soon after the release of Adobe Flash Player 11.2 final, Adobe has released the first beta of Flash Player 11.3. There are quite a few interesting and exciting features added to Flash Player 11.3 like full screen keyboard input support and protected mode in Firefox browser. Let’s discuss some of the features of the new Flash Player 11.3.
Features of Flash Player 11.3
Full screen keyboard input — This feature enables support for all keyboard keys available to an embedded SWF running inside of a page without full screen mode( except for ‘Esc’). It allows developers to determine if the app is in full screen, whether full keyboard input is allowed, and whether the app is able to request full screen (determined by the embed tag parameter).
Low latency audio support for streaming audio through NetStream — This feature aims to reduce latency for high quality streaming audio playback. It addresses a very special use case of cloud gaming, where the game is rendered at a server and audio and video are streamed to the client.
Protected Mode for Firefox — Flash Player Protected Mode is a new security enhancement designed to limit the impact of attacks launched from malicious SWF files against Adobe Flash Player when running in Firefox 4.0+ on Windows Vista and higher. This feature is comparable to the Flash Player Protected Mode in Google Chrome browser, Protected Mode in Adobe Reader, and Office 2010 Protected View.
Flash Player background updates (Mac) — New versions of the runtimes can now be delivered more effectively to the end user with this enhanced updating mechanism (Background update is only available in the release versions of Flash Player).
Low latency audio support (Sound API) — This enhancement reduces the latency for Sound.play method and changes to volume and pan on SoundTransform. The latency of SAMPLE_DATA event should also be reduced considerably.
Texture Streaming for Stage3D — Provides an ability to upload coarser, lower quality textures on the GPU first and then progressively improve them as more data becomes available.
You can read these features in detail in Flash Player 11.3 release notes PDF document.
Download Flash Player 11.3 (Direct download links to offline installers)
Flash Player 11.3 32-bit and 64-bit universal installers
Note: I will update the direct download links as Adobe releases new beta or final version of Flash Player 11.3.
Update: Adobe Flash Player 11.3 beta 2 has been released. I have updated the download links accordingly.
Update 4th May, 2012: Adobe Flash Player 11.3 beta 3 has been released. I have updated the download links with the new downloads.
If you are having problems with Flash Player 11.3, you can use the Flash Player 11.3 beta uninstaller in order to uninstall it and revert back to the last stable build.
Update: Adobe Flash Player 11.5 has arrived. Please update.