Adobe CTO promises Flash 10.1 Mac performance will be almost a good as Windows Flash

“Adobe’s chief technical officer, Kevin Lynch claims that Flash [version 10.1, still in beta] now runs at ‘almost exactly’ the same level of CPU usage on Mac and Windows systems, where previously the Mac suffered significantly,” MacNN reports.

“The v10.1 update is set to use CoreAnimation, which Lynch suggests could make Macs faster than Windows in some cases,” MacNN reports.

“Lynch concedes that video is still a major weakness, as a 480p video, running on a 1.8GHz Mac mini, uses 34 percent of the CPU in Mac OS X and just 16 percent in Windows,” MacNN reports. “Flash 10.1 is expected to cut CPU consumption in half.”

Full article here.

Lynch’s blog comment is here.

MacDailyNews Take: Adobe, since you still don’t get it, we’ll spell it out clearly: Mac users are quite accustomed to enjoying significantly better, not almost as good, experiences as anything the horrid Windows “experience” can offer. Therefore, you fail yet again and your shitastic Flash must die.

Adobe owes its very existence to Apple’s Macintosh. Sadly, lazy Adobe has long ago forgotten that fact.

Note to advertisers: Your Flash-based ads are no longer reaching the most well-heeled customers online: iPhone owners. They’re also not hitting iPod touch users. And, very soon, iPad users won’t be seeing them, either. If you care about reaching people with discretionary income, you might want to consider dumping your flash-based ads and moving to a more open format that people with money and the will to spend it can actually see.

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74 Comments

  1. @ DWJ:

    Apple’s already killing Flash. Why waste the money and buy Adobe? Why to people keep suggesting Apple buy Adobe? Why would Apple want that crap? It would take all of Apple’s software teams a year or more just to get all the bugs out.

  2. @ Register or Login

    Many, but few that I”l post here.
    Adobe has a lot of really great people who work very, very hard. It just feels like no one is listening to those people any more. I love the folks I worked with there.

    I’ve almost officially stopped using DreamWeaver (which I’ve never really liked) because WordPress does almost everything I need now. They sacked ImageReady or I’d still be using it. Only PS, Bridge and Lightroom in the daily rotation now.

  3. I think MicoSoft is about to join Apple in banning flash!

    Security researchers have defeated vulnerability protections baked into the latest versions of Internet Explorer, demonstrating that it’s possible to poke holes in a safety net that’s widely relied on to keep end users safe from drive-by exploits.

    By exploiting weaknesses in Adobe Systems’ Flash Player, researchers have devised two separate attacks that bypass mitigations Microsoft put into IE 7 and 8. Known as ASLR, or address space layout randomization, and DEP, or data execution prevention, the technologies are designed to lessen the severity of bugs by making it hard for them to cause the execution of malicious code.

    Both techniques wield the so-called just-in-time compiler in Flash so that a computer’s memory is blanketed with large chunks of identical shellcode. The “JIT-spray” allows attackers to overcome ASLR, which normally thwarts execution by picking a different memory location to load system components each time an operating system is started.

    “With this JIT-spray, it works fairly reliably, so at least nine out of 10 times you’ll guess the right position,” said Dionysus Blazakis, a researcher who is demonstrating one of the attacks on Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference in Washington, DC. “The compilers do this optimizing, so it wasn’t just a given that this was possible.”

    The attacks are more than a mere academic exercise because ASLR and DEP have been some of the only defenses preventing lethal exploits of buffer overflows and other bugs in software running on Windows PCs. Last month’s unusually advanced attacks on Adobe’s Reader application didn’t work on IE 8, thanks to the protections.

    By using the JIT-spraying technique, however, Blazakis was able to bypass the measures and cause IE 8 to open the Windows calculator, proof that he could exploit the Adobe bug to execute code of his choice. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/03/microsoft_windows_protection_bypass/

  4. I use Click To Flash to block all flash content in Safari. I highly recommend this utilty to anyone concerned about the high cpu usage of flash on their macs.

    I see it only when i choose to see it.

    I especially like Click To Flash because it easily allows you to download H.264 files from YouTube.

    The only way Flash will ever get into the mobile mac world is if Adobe figures out how to make it run more efficiently on the mac platform.

    So this article is good news. I hope they succeed. Better late than never.

    Too much rich media content on the web is currently in flash. Some great sites that i visit regularly. Hulu is the best example of what i can’t use because i’m a mobile mac user.

    I would like to continue to have access to these sites and their flash content when i buy my new iPad in 2 months.

    An improved flash would only benefit mac users, and if Apple knows how to fix flash, they should help Adobe get it done!

    –> Perhaps having Click To Flash on Apples mobile devices would work.

    Then the user decides when and if they want to activate Flash, when they encounter it on the web.

    I know I take a hit in cpu usage, battery life, etc when i turn flash on, but i can have the same web surfing experience i have on my mac desktop.

    Make it my choice. Don’t cripple, limit, or restrict my web access.

    I’m looking forward to the day when HTML5 matures and becomes the rich media format of choice for web sites.

    However, this is probably several years away. Just look at mdn’s site: three flash ads today on the main page.

    Mac users want full web access, not limits on where they can go and what they can see.

    It is in the best interests of both Apple and Adobe to make this happen and mac users want it, so GET IT DONE!!!

  5. I just downloaded the Flash 10.1 developer build to see if it was any more streamlined. It might be, I can’t tell. It just crashes at every flash website I could find.

    This might be the best they can do for us: slightly better performance, with a lot more bugs.

  6. @ChrissyOne

    Surely, the folks who call the shots at Adobe know Flash Player doesn’t run well on the Mac platform. Someone sent me a slideshow of photos today that requires Flash to view it and I get a black screen. Nothing.

    The last update to Flash Player really broke it for my iMac. I filed a bug report and have corresponded with tech support, to no avail.

    As a former Adobe alumnus, do you have an insight into what the Adobe powers that be are thinking? Are they just angry at Steve Jobs and stubbornly refusing to fix Flash? Or is it something else?

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