Adobe Improving 3D Flash Technology

by Ryan On October - 26 - 2010

At the recent Adobe MAX conference, Adobe revealed new APIs for 3D hardware acceleration in the company’s Flash and AIR platforms. According to Gamasutra, the new APIs (currently called the Molehill APIs) will vastly improve the performance of Flash-based 3D:

“Developers were told to expect ‘hundreds of thousands of z-buffered triangles to be rendered at HD resolution in full screen at around 60 Hz’ under the new APIs, compared to ‘thousands’ of un-z-buffered, 30Hz triangles under the current Flash Player 10.1.”

The new technology will be implemented across a number of devices including certain television sets, tablets and a wide selection of mobile phones from various manufacturers. As the Gamasutra article points out, this may position Flash as a competitor to other 3D web technologies such as Unity which has enjoyed tremendous success over the last few years.

You can get your hands on the new APIs in “early 2011″ when Adobe plans to start a public beta.

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2 Responses so far
  1. Evilpaul Said,

    This is soooo awesome! Hopefully they make tools as nice as Unity3D’s one day.

    Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 9:02 am

  2. Ryan Said,

    Yeah, the demo on their labs site is super impressive! I’m really excited about this!

    Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 9:09 am

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