Adobe has released Action Script Compiler 2 (ASC2) in Flex 4.7 and onwards, which improves compilation times and optimizes the generated bytecode and supports method inlining, improving its performance at runtime.
The Extended Support Release (ESR) of Flash Player on mac OS and Windows was a version of Flash Player kept up to date with security updates, but none of the new features or bug fixes available in later versions.
It has been on version 11.7 as of July 9, 2013, On mobile devices however, after Apple refused to allow the Flash Player within the inbuilt i OS web browser, Adobe changed strategy, enabling Flash content to be delivered as native mobile applications using the Adobe Integrated Runtime.
Flash Player is used internally by the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), to provide a cross-platform runtime environment for desktop applications and mobile applications.
AIR supports installable applications on Windows, Linux, mac OS, and some mobile operating systems such as i OS and Android.
is freeware software for using content created on the Adobe Flash platform, including viewing multimedia, executing rich Internet applications, and streaming video and audio.
Flash Player can run from a web browser as a browser plug-in or on supported mobile devices.
and includes tools for building, testing, and debugging C/C projects in Flash Player.
Notable online video games developed in Flash include Angry Birds, Farm Ville and Farm Ville 2, and Adventure Quest (started in 2002, and still active as of 2011).
Flash applications must specifically be built for the AIR runtime to use additional features provided, such as file system integration, native client extensions, native window/screen integration, taskbar/dock integration, and hardware integration with connected Accelerometer and GPS devices.
Flash Player is primarily a graphics and multimedia platform, and has supported raster graphics and vector graphics since its earliest version.
For instance, the SWF file format documentation is provided free of charge However, Adobe has not been willing to make complete source code of the Flash Player available for free software development.