Adobe releases Flash Player version 10.1 without Mac OS X hardware acceleration

HOT Apple Computers + FREE ShippingAdobe today released Flash Player version 10.1 for Mac, Linux and Windows.

Flash Player version 10.1 comes in the form of a Universal Binary for Mac and weighs in at 7.44 MB.

Flash Player version 10.1 is supported by the following browsers: Safari, Firefox, Opera.

More info and download link here.

MacRumors reports, “The release, however, does not yet include hardware-accelerated decoding on Mac OS X.”

“Apple altered its policies in late March to allow third parties such as Adobe to tap into the hardware-accelerated decoding of H.264 video on machines with compatible video cards. Adobe did just that a month later, introducing its ‘Gala’ prerelease version of Flash Player 10.1 for Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.3 and using NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M video cards,” MacRumors reports. “The Gala functionality, highly anticipated by many users for its ability to free system resources and reduce loads, will be included in a future update to Flash Player 10.1.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Wow, thanks for nothing, lazy Adobe ingrates!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “macnut222” for the heads up.]


  1. “The release, however, does not yet include hardware-accelerated decoding on Mac OS X.”

    Well, I suppose they *are* still chasing down that extremely critical exploit that was in the news over the weekend, so they’ve got their hands full with that.

    Plus all those other smartphone platforms they’re working like crazy to support properly, that’s gotta keep them tied up too. Along with the new security vulnerabilities they’ll be opening up on those platforms too.

    Still, it’s funny that the one feature they whined and complained about not being available to them on Mac OS X, once they finally got it… they’re still not utilizing it.

    Adobe: for when you’re not in any hurry to get anything done soon.

  2. I tried.
    the good news: click2flash still works.

    the bad news, and this is definitely not made up:

    I tried this pretty static german flash site (about football world championship):,1518,699759,00.html#tab=2

    on my iBook 1.2GHz (no comments on that please), CPU usage WENT UP
    from 30% to 65% after upgrading to 10.1 from 10.0.x

    all while doing nothing, of course (mouse hovering over the flapp but not moved,
    no motion in the page)

    the WOW starts now, I presume?

  3. So, what exactly, other than a security fix, does this version of Flash give me that the previous one didn’t?

    Speed? Less processor usage? Anything?

    I’m being serious. I’d like to know.

  4. I think Adobe was forced to market with this one. They had to fix the serious security flaw they reported earlier in the week. I would guess that is why it seems unfinished.

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