Adobe announced the availability of Adobe Flash Player 9 (formerly Flash Player 8.5),
the next-generation Flash Player client runtime.
Flash Player 9 achieves up to 10 times faster performance through ActionScript 3.0 and a new ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM), which features a Just In Time (JIT)
compiler that translates ActionScript bytecode to native machine code for maximum execution speed.
Flash Player 9 provides new application runtime capabilities for Adobe
Flex 2, also announced today. The Flex 2
product line provides developers with an integrated set of
tools and technology for fast, end-to-end development of web applications.
Developers can now deliver powerful and dynamic multimedia content and
applications via ActionScript 3.0 and a new highly optimized
ActionScript Virtual Machine (AVM). ActionScript 3.0 is a powerful,
object-oriented ECMAScript-compliant programming language that provides
a familiar syntax and compelling new language features such as
ECMAScript for XML (E4X), regular expressions, and a standardized DOM
event model. Adobe is an active participant in the Ecma International
Programming Language technical committee (TC39-TG1) developing the
ECMAScript Edition 4 (ES4) standard. ECMAScript is a foundational
standard used by languages such as Adobe ActionScript, Netscape
The AVM was built from the ground up to offer performance, including more efficient memory utilization, faster
application start-times, improved debugging and full runtime error
Instant adoption of Flash Player 9 will continue to be facilitated via
Flash Player Express Install and auto-update notification for current
sh Player users.
Adobe Flash Player 9 is available immediately as a free download at
. Flash Player 9 is available in
both English and localized versions and is offered for both Windows and
Macintosh operating systems.