Flash 10.1 “Gala” runs lighter on Mac now

Adobe have released a preview version of  Flash 10.1 codenamed Gala for Mac, to make use of hardware acceleration support.

What it actually means is that Flash Player 10.1 supports H.264 video decoding onMac OS X 10.6.3, taking advantages of hardware acceleration support for 3rd party which Apple have just released.

Adobe:

Hardware video decoding allows Flash Player to offload H.264 video decoding tasks from the CPU to deliver smooth, high quality video with minimal overhead, improving video playback performance, reducing system resource utilization, and extending battery life

So which hardwares are supported for this version of flash player:

– MacBooks shipped after January 21st, 2009
– Mac Minis shipped after March 3rd, 2009
– MacBook Pros shipped after October 14th, 2008
– iMacs which shipped after the first quarter of 2009

Thus NVDIA Geforce 9400M, Gefore 320M and Gefore GT 330M are all being support.

Download “Gala” here! Please note that Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is still a preview, not a released product.


So, what do you think ?