This update, codenamed “Moviestar,” includes new features, enhancements and bug fixes for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions of Flash Player 9, including:
Support for H.264 video and HE-AAC audio codecs (new Aug. 21).
Multi-core support for vector rendering.
Full screen mode with hardware scaling.
Flash Player cache for common platform components, such as the Flex framework.
Support for Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) in the Windows plug-in.
The performance of the H.264 feature is beta quality and has not yet been optimized, so the minimum system requirements for 480p, 720p and 1080p playback are not available for beta. The minimum system requirements for viewing H264-based content will be similar to other media players supporting H264 in the market today for the final release.
H.264 files using the loop filter flag render with artifacts on multi-core systems.
The Real Player 11 beta is known to cause issues with some Flash and Flex content. Content may fail to render, or the browser may crash. If you have Real Player 11 beta installed, please disable the add-on to ensure issues you encounter with this beta are with Flash Player and not the Real Player beta.
In Firefox, go to Tools->Add-ons and disable the "Real Player Browser Record Add-on."
In Internet Explorer, go to Tools->Internet Options->Programs->Manage Add-ons and disable the "RealPlayer Download and Record Plugin for Internet Explorer."
Opera and Netscape do not allow recursive calls using the ExternalInterface API into the Flash Player. This issue has been reported to Opera and Netscape. (184777)
H.264 support and full-screen hardware scaling on the Linux platform are at alpha quality.
In full-screen mode on Linux, playing odd-width movies (with screen widths not divisible by 16) may cause a crash.
Because hardware rendering is not currently functional in VMWare or Parallels, going to full-screen mode in VMWare or Parallels will cause a crash or failure. WORKAROUND: Ensure your system is in software-only mode by checking “Use software renderer” in the Display tab of the Flash Player Settings UI before going to full-screen mode. To access the Settings UI, right click on any Flash content. (205514)
If you use hardware scaling when you send Flash content to full-screen mode, some elements may not render correctly when you return to the normal (in the browser window) mode. (205070)
Hardware scaling is not available on Linux.
On Vista, a broker issue has been corrected that corrects content that appears to only redraw when the cursor is moved. (205352)
Flex apps that use the history manager drop some keystrokes. (200360)
Using .* in a regular expression causes a crash. (204956)
Setting wmode to transparent causes prevents V3 components from rendering. (194665)
Passing an out of range index on Sound.play causes Flash Player to crash. (205557)
Using a built-in ActionScript APIs in an addEventListener call causes a crash. (205785)
An event callback that performs an action that recursively invokes the same event causes a crash. (206644)
Some Flex applications in Internet Explorer 7 crash on load with Flash Player 9 Update 3 beta 1 (22.214.171.124). (207693)
Accessing the settings menu option in the context menu on Linux causes a crash in Flash Player 9 Update 3 beta 1 (126.96.36.199). (206034)
On Linux, mouse events do not work as expected when "Select windows when the mouse moves over them" is enabled. (201856)
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