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Adobe Updates Flash Player

Adobe on Wednesday released Flash Player 9, an update to its popular Web media player that boasts a tenfold performance boost.

Gregg Keizer

June 28, 2006

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Adobe on Wednesday released Flash Player 9, an update to its popular Web media player that boasts a 10x performance boost.

The new player gets its new-found speed by using ActionScript 3.0 -- an object-oriented language that's ECMAScript-compliant -- and a new ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM) which features a Just In Time (JIT) compiler. That compiler "translates ActionScript code to native machine code for maximum execution speed" Adobe said in a statement.

Adobe claims that some 700 million computers and other devices run Flash, and will use the software's built-in update notifier to get existing users to upgrade.

Flash Player 9 can be downloaded free of charge in editions for either Windows or Mac from Adobe's Web site.

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