Following a series of announcements from Adobe MAX yesterday, the company has released new versions of Flash Player and Adobe AIR, reaching versions 11 and 3, respectively. Initially seeded as betas in July, Flash 11 and AIR 3 bring a series of improvements, including hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics rendering through Stage 3D in what Adobe claims to be up to 1,000 times faster rendering performance over Flash Player 10 and AIR 2. With the Stage 3D API, Adobe promises console-quality browser games and apps with possibility for developers to animate millions of objects simultaneously at 60 frames per second.
Additionally, these two releases bring optimizations for HD video, improved 64-bit performances and, for AIR 3, native extensions to allow developers to take advantage of a hardware's native capabilities such as gyroscopes, light sensors, multiple screens, and NFC if supported. The inclusion of H.264/AVC software encoding for cameras will enable higher quality real-time communications from within Flash Player as well.