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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