Adobe releases major Flash preview: codename “Square”

Flash’s reputation has taken a battering since Steve Jobs started asserting that the reason he wouldn’t allow it on iOS devices is because it was a performance pig.

Meanwhile Adobe has clearly been working feverishly to correct that problem.

Adobe today announced a new version codenamed “Square” which is available in full 64-bit versions for all operating systems (Windows Mac Linux) as well as using the new GPU support in Internet Explorer 9 for Windows.

The Flash team claims that the Windows version running in IE9 goes 35% faster in some circumstances – particularly animations that use a lot of bitmap graphics as well as ones that use transparency a lot.

Adobe says Square is “stable and ready for broad testing” but to “keep in mind this a sneak peak and not everything will be fully baked”.

You can get the download here.