New audio/video options
•H.264/HE-AAC codec support: Flash Player 9 Update 3 includes H.264 video and High Efficiency AAC (HE-AAC) audio codec support that opens up a broad ecosystem and selection of standards-based video — up to HD quality — that developers can leverage in their applications. Supporting a subset of MPEG-4 Part 12 (container) and Part 10 (H.264), including baseline, main and high profiles, Flash Player can play back existing MP4, M4A, MOV, MP4V, 3GP and 3G2 content.
•Multi-core support: Speed the rendering of vectors, bitmaps, filters and video, including true 1080p video, with new multi-core support that takes advantage of up to 4 CPUs.
•Hardware scaling: Improve the performance and quality of full-screen video through the use of hardware scaling.
•Multi-threaded video decoding: The VP6 video codec now runs in a separate thread on multi-core systems, enabling true 1080p video. In addition, the responsiveness and decode blockiness of the VP6 codec is improved with this change.
•Image scaling: A new algorithm for scaling bitmap images enhances the quality and rendering performance of downscaled images.
•Flash Player cache: The Flash Player cache enables common components, such as the Flex Framework, to be cached locally and then used by any SWF from any domain. Use of the Flash Player cache can significantly reduce SWF file sizes and speed application download times.
•Flash Media Server buffering: The stream buffer is maintained while a stream is paused.
Mac Os X Leopard support: Flash Player 9 update 3 now supports the Mac OS X Leopard operating system.
Fixed in this version:
Full-screen mode is not supported in the Opera Browser on Macintosh systems. (189140)
•The Mozilla Plugin Finder Service will not install Flash Player 184.108.40.206 on Intel-based Macs using double-byte language modes. Users may either install from the Adobe Player Download Center or use the Plugin Finder Service in non-double-byte language modes. (180719)
•The plugin version of Flash Player does not fire flash.events.Event.RENDER when wmode is set as transparent. (198515)
•Full-screen can be used when wmode is set (202290)
•Passing large amounts of XML through External Interface is significantly faster (206828)
•ExternalInterface now works with HTML objects that contain dots within the object name (199614)