Finally a brand new Revo Roundup informing you about the latest and greatest on the Acer Aspire Revo. This week I tackle the following:
No more release candidates, Adobe has released the official version of Flash 10.1!
Here is the link:
Adobe can't be stopped with the bug fixes. Hot off of RC4 they have released Flash 10.1 RC5 which promises more bug fixes. I will be messing around with it this weekend and let everyone know how it is. If you want to give it a try check out the official Flash 10.1 Site.
There have been ups and downs in the Flash 10.1 betas and release candidates. My personal favorites are at the beginning of each which are Beta 1 and RC 1. Both of these seemed to be the most stable on the Revo and had great flash playback. Just after about a month of the first RC Adobe is hard at work fixing bugs and is already up to the 4th RC. I went with a different approach this time with this release and updated my Nvidia ION drivers to the latest Beta. I am not usually a fan of updating my drivers, as my general belief is if they aren't broke don't try to fix them. I made a full Image backup of my machine just incase the drivers messed up anything.
After uninstalling both my drivers and flash 10.1 RC1 I rebooted and continued on with installing the latest of each. After another restart I was ready to go. I first loaded up the brand new Hulu and playback was fantastic at 480p full screen. I then headed over to YouTbe and loaded the Iron Man 2 trailer at full 1080p in fullscreen mode. I monitored the CPU usage and found that it was only using 30 to 40% of total CPU usage which was pretty impressive. Playback was beautiful and I would say the best it has been.
I next started up Hulu Desktop and just like always it had absolutely great playback. This was never really a problem so I didn't do too much testing. With this great success I decided to test out Boxee for fun even though I knew it wouldn't work. Sure enough it didn't however this time it really looked like it wanted to play back flash content correctly, but every video was cut in half and I couldn't ever get it to work smoothly. The last test which is a bit tricky is InternetTV inside of WMC. I loaded up an episode of Undercover boss and at first it was absolutely choppy. This was a bit disappointing, but after about a minute or 2 everything seemed to smooth out. I am not sure if it was Flash or just InternetTV messing up so I decided to try out an episode of NCIS which is a pretty decent show. The intro Sprint ad played just fine which gave me better hopes for the show, and to my surprise it was actually pretty smooth. not the absolute best, but I thought it was reasonably watchable.
One last thing I decided to test out was to make sure the latest Nvidia drivers didn't break my live tv or any other content inside of WMC. Success all around as everything played just fine! So go ahead and update your drivers and Flash 10.1! You will find the links in the post below this one. Enjoy and leave your feedback.
Another week goes buy and yet again Adobe has released another Release Candidate for Flash 10.1. They are already up to Release Candidate 4 I have not tested it yet but plan to do so tomorrow. Give it a shot and if you aren't happy in the Add-ons section I have Beta 1 and RC1 available for download. Head over to the official Flash 10.1 page for the download.
Issues that have been fixed in this release:
*Flash player crashes after network cable is unplugged.
*Seeking through a video via a progress slider doesn’t show enough frames.
*Certain videos play with no sound and then stop playing.
*In Firefox, streaming videos will halt on some occasions after a few minutes.
*Flash movies with a transparent mode don't play in applications.
*insertion point not visible for input text field when using embedded fonts.
*General stability and performance improvements
*Many issues involving video playback have been fixed in this release, and users may need to get updated video drivers ATI, NVidia, Broadcom, or Intel.
*Corrupt swfs on a page can cause the entire page to render improperly (http://it.eurosport.yahoo.com/)
*In some cases, XML declarations lose the trailing brace.
*ShaderJob.start now produces an ArgumentError with previously (10.0.x) functioning code
*TouchEvent only fires after first touch in MultitouchInputMode.TOUCH_POINT
Also on May 5th Nvidia released new Drivers for the ION. This is a beta driver so test it at will: Nvidia drivers 197.57 beta
Last week Adobe updated Flash 10.1 RC to RC2. On the forums people seem to have good success with the latest release, however I have a different story to tell. People have been reporting Boxee working somewhat properly with RC2, however still for me all flash video content from NBC, Hulu, Fox, and others seems to still be completely broken. Some of the applications such as MLB.tv seem to work just fine according to users in the forums. This part doesn't bother me too much since Boxee has never really worked. I decided to test InternetTV inside of Windows Media Center. I started up the latest Undercover Boss and to my surprise it was extremely choppy including the advertisements. I waited about 10 minutes to see if this was a buffer issue and then restarted the video and it was still completely choppy and unwatchable. At this point I uninstalled RC2 and installed the first RC, and attempted to watch the same episode again. Just like my last review the video was completely watchable. While not perfect, it was pretty smooth and not choppy at all. At this point I decided not to go back to RC2 and my recommendation is to stick with Beta 1, Beta 3 or RC 1. Let me know what you guys think.
*One note is that during the review I did have 1 recording going on. During the second half when I was watching InternetTV with the first RC a second recording started and the video became choppy, however with 1 recording it was just fine.