Adobe Air 3 and Flash 11 are set to bring 3D graphics to gaming (which I wrote up at GDN: Adobe Platforms Will Now have 3D Gaming Potential), but there is more to it than that. There are also some interesting video performance expansions and boosters in all this.

New Features In Flash Player 11 & AIR 3

Dozens of new features in Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 allow developers to deliver a new class of gaming and premium video experiences, as well as sophisticated, data-driven applications with back-end systems integration across devices, including the iPhone and iPad via AIR. AIR native extensions add support for unique device features and native code libraries, empowering developers to freely choose the right mix of Flash, HTML5 and native code to provide powerful user experiences across PCs and devices.

Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will be publicly available in early October. Flash Builder and Flex, Adobe’s open source framework for building mobile, Web and desktop apps, will offer support for the new features in an upcoming release before the end of the year.

The main video features that are really going to be cool, as far as I’m concerned, are:

  • HD Video Quality Across Platforms: Full frame rate HD video can now be displayed within AIR applications on Apple iOS devices using H.264 hardware decoding. Rich applications on televisions are also able to deliver HD video with 7.1 channel surround sound.
  • Rental and Subscriptions Support: With support for Adobe Flash Access and Adobe Pass, content publishers can take advantage of rental and subscription options for more flexible business models and offer TV Everywhere content to more than 80 percent of U.S. pay TV subscribers.
  • Compatibility: 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS and Windows ensures a seamless experience with the latest 64-bit browsers.
  • Content Protection: Premium video content can now be protected using Adobe Flash Access 3 across all supported platforms, including new support for mobile platforms.

It all ties into that Adobe Media Server 4.5 upgrade I think that we recently covered as well.

Here’s a video from Adobe Evangelist, Andrew Trice, on some of the features of Flash Player 11 and AIR 3: