A brand new version of Adobe’s Flash Player was released today. Flash Player 11 introduces Stage 3D, a new architecture for hardware accelerated graphics rendering that can deliver up to 1000x faster rendering performance compared to Flash Player 10:
“Approximately 70% of web games are powered by Flash, along with 9 of the top 10 games on Facebook, about 70% of the games on Google+, and the top social games from companies like Zynga and EA”.
The new Stage 3D APIs allow web content to automatically take advantage of modern graphics cards and onboard chips – it also provides accelerated software rendering for content on older computers. Flash Player 11 delivers full native 64-bit support for 64-bit browsers on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. It also adds full HD 1080p video playback and high-quality voice chat.
Do I Need To Uninstall Flash Player 10 First? No. Just download and install Flash Player 11 – it will automatically overwrite and upgrade your existing version to Flash Player 11.
Where To Download Flash Player 11?
- Users of most major web browsers (e.g. Firefox and IE) can download and install it directly from Adobe here.
- Remember to untick the additional ‘freebie’ (Google Toolbar or McAfee Security Scan) or that will also be installed on your computer.
- If you use more than one web browser you will need to install Flash Player 11 for each web browser.
To Test It – open your web browser and visit the Adobe Flash Player test page to check that Flash 11 is now properly installed, stable and working ok.
What About Google Chrome?
- Chrome is different because it contains an integrated Flash plugin which should be updated automatically by Chrome – however, at the time of writing, it has still not been updated in the latest version of Chrome 14.
- Many users of Chrome have previously reported problems with the integrated Flash plugin - see our article Shockwave Flash crashes in Chrome which advises how to install the standalone Adobe version of Flash to resolve issues with Chrome’s Flash integrated plugin.
Now that you have upgraded to Flash Player 11, you should keep Flash updated on a regular basis – go into Control Panel \ Flash Player to open the Flash Player Settings Manager, click on the Advanced tab and in the Updates section click to select ‘Check for updates automatically (Recommended).