Macromedia launches Flash Player 9

Macromedia launches Flash Player 9

Adobe’s Macromedia has launched the latest version of their Flash Player. The latest version is Flash Player 9.

The company had recently launched the Flash Player 8.5 beta which has now been renamed to Flash Player 9 as nothing was required to be changed.

This version is due to be updated to “Flash Player 9” with the upcoming beta 3 release on Adobe Labs.

What is Flash Player?

The Macromedia Flash Player is a multimedia and application player created and distributed by Macromedia (a division of Adobe Systems). Although Macromedia has been acquired by by Adobe, the software is still known as “Macromedia Flash Player”, not “Adobe Flash Player”, contrary to some speculation. This can be seen at the companies’ web sites, in information relating to products, and the entities themselves. Flash Player runs SWF files that can be created by the Macromedia Flash authoring tool, Macromedia Flex or a number of other Macromedia and third party tools.

Flash Player has support for an embedded scripting language called ActionScript (AS), which is based on ECMAScript. Over the years, AS has evolved from a primitive script that didn’t even support variables to a respectable programming script that can be used to make rather complex games and other applications.

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