Adobe Flash Player Gets 3D Capabilities Later This Year

July 9, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Adobe’s Flash Player application will soon receive support for 3D graphics in its upcoming version of the Flash plug-in for browsers and a preview of the features could be conducted later this during the faqll season. The company’s product manager for the Flash Player project, Thibault Imbert, has mentioned on his blog that Adobe will hold a session called “Flash Player 3D Future” regarding the subject on October 27 as part of its MAX 2010 conference.

The session, which will be hosted by Flash Player engineer Sebastian Marketsmueller, is expected to explain the 3D API that will be present in the new version of the software. Thibault has added that the 3D support will prove to be very beneficial for programmers interested in developing 3D content for games and interactive websites.  It would also help in developing augmented reality.

Adobe has earlier added certain 3D features to version 10 of the Flash Player that was released in 2008. However, they only allowed for manipulation of a 2D object in a 3D environment and did not include a full-fledged 3D environment. However, Thibault has said that the new 3D additions “will be big”.

Adobe is expected to make a formal announcement regarding the Flash Player 3D additions during the keynote address of the MAX 2010 conference that will begin on October 25.

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