An Enhanced Flash Player?


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An Enhanced Flash Player?

I just caught this over on MacNN: SWF Movie Player is being billed as a “smart” Flash Player for MacOS. When I first saw the post, I assumed it was something like Gnash, which is an entirely separate Flash Player built from the ground up. But it looks like it is simply an enhancement for Flash Movies. I don’t know if it runs as a SWF, or if it somehow interacts with the browser to enable the functionality.

The idea of a separate Flash Player is interesting. A lot of folks hope Gnash, and open source SWF movie player, can come up to speed with the current Flash Player so that Linux folks have an open source alternative to Adobe’s player. SWF is an open standard, but because of the license associated with the SWF SDK, you can’t use it to reverse-engineer the player. For Adobe, having a bunch of fragmented players around that all display Flash movies is a very bad thing because it can make for a poor user experience if the players aren’t consistent.

I am in the process of setting up an interview with the person behind Gnash for ZDNet, because I’m curious to get his thoughts. This product seems entirely different, but it’s based upon the already established Flash ecosystem. If this takes off, I think it could have mixed results for Adobe. Worth tracking.