Adobe planning to take Flash into the next dimension with 3D support

Adobe is reportedly preparing to ride the current trend of 3D technology, revealing it will bring improved support for 3D in the next iteration of it's popular Flash technology.

Adobe Flash, a "dying technology" according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is a popular platform for displaying multimedia content in web browsers which has had limited support for simple 3D functionality since version 10 arrived in 2008. Today, however, is the first time that Adobe has revealed an interest in taking the technology further.

The schedule for this year's Adobe MAX conference, to be held in October, provides the first hint about an upcoming announcement, with a session entitled "Flash Player 3D Future" being promoted for the last day of the conference. It promises to provide a "deep dive into the next-generation 3D API coming in a future version of Flash Player" for attendees, with "exciting new APIs," "demos never shown before" and "some exclusive content" to be shown.

And as pointed out first by CNET, Adobe product manager Thibault Imbert confirms in a blog post that Adobe is taking a serious look at bringing 3D support to a "future version" of Flash. According to Imbert, the "next generation" API will be "big", but he wouldn't be drawn on what kind of API Adobe will provide.

There's no word on when this "serious stuff" will launch, but stay tuned as October draws closer.

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Isn't Silverlight already 3D-capable?

I agree that they should make flash 64 bit ready firstly and then move on to the 3D sphere.
Though I guess on their way to support 3D, 64 bit flash will be created as it's better suited for 3D stuff.

How about getting the latest version fixed, its causing loads of people problems and the current fix is to downgrade to previous version!!!

Will Flash 64-bit work in IE 32-bit (or any other 32-bit browser)? Most probably not and it's way too early to switch over to IE 64-bit...

vacs said,
Will Flash 64-bit work in IE 32-bit (or any other 32-bit browser)? Most probably not and it's way too early to switch over to IE 64-bit...

Headlines show 50% install-base for 64-bit Windows 7, and who knows as far as linux is concerned. I don't think it's too early to start demanding this.

RenegadeJr said,

Headlines show 50% install-base for 64-bit Windows 7, and who knows as far as linux is concerned. I don't think it's too early to start demanding this.

Yep, there's 64bit firefox 4 and 64bit chrome coming soon and there's already 64bit IE6-8 so there would only be Opera and Safari left without a 64bit windows browser.

torrentthief said,

Yep, there's 64bit firefox 4 and 64bit chrome coming soon and there's already 64bit IE6-8 so there would only be Opera and Safari left without a 64bit windows browser.

But would apple would have too with snow leopard being 64 bit and Opera will advance as well. 64 bit is becoming more and more standard in the industry from servers to desktops.

vacs said,
Will Flash 64-bit work in IE 32-bit (or any other 32-bit browser)? Most probably not and it's way too early to switch over to IE 64-bit...

What has that got to do with the conversation in play? Offering a 64bit plugin doesn't mean that they have to stop producing a 32bit - provide both and allow the end user to choose which one. You know - heard of this thing called 'giving customer choice'?

Rudy said,
Isn't that what WebGL is for?

That doesn't make sense because Flash supporters keep saying that HTML5 is "10 years behind Flash." You must be mistaken...

Rudy said,
Isn't that what WebGL is for?

in a sense, yes. but the real deal is that every browser will implement its own version of WebGL, you will get different performance from each and Microsoft says there's no planned support for WebGL in IE9 (which is totally understandable as it is not part of HTML5 not its often associated standards).
Flash 3D will do what they always did with 2D: put all browsers on the same level of API support (even if they get some crappy implementations sometimes)

Performance of 2D flash on mobile devices just stinks. I could understand it if you had 3D video card, but on anything else it would be impossible.

Start supporting 2D correctly before going 3D. I feel like this is going to be even more of a fiasco lol

If it really works well, it can actually give a useful utility to Flash and people will want to use it.

is adobe can't even support 64bit what hope have we got of them supporting 3d i just with most sites would go to silver light or html5

Kelvin Reed said,
is adobe can't even support 64bit what hope have we got of them supporting 3d i just with most sites would go to silver light or html5
Yes. Please use Silveright.

efthlouk said,
Yeah! Get ready for PC glitches and other issues now in 3D dimension!

you really have problem with flash...
I call this Code 18

Ci7 said,
all nice and dandy

but we need the "serious look" for 64bit support too!

Yep, lets make 64 bit Flash for Windows already!!

Ci7 said,
all nice and dandy

but we need the "serious look" for 64bit support too!

There's word that it will be coming in the next version of Flash - I certainly hope it does!

Ci7 said,
all nice and dandy

but we need the "serious look" for 64bit support too!

Yeah i really prefer 64 bit support instead of 3d accel. and 3d graphics for now. Most of us are using Windows 7 64 Bit and running most of the available programs in 64 bit versions.

Like Firefox by example; there's a 64 bit version called minefield, works really nice but the flash plug-in just doesn't work, so you are stuck with Firefox 32 bit.

Even they are fighting with Apple like little kids.

If everything continues like this I rather prefer use HTML5 or other technology.

brent0n said,
There's word that it will be coming in the next version of Flash - I certainly hope it does!

I don't hold out much hold given they've been promising for 5 years a 64bit plugin of Flash.

Ci7 said,
all nice and dandy

but we need the "serious look" for 64bit support too!

Yeah, same here. 64-Bit support for Flash.