Flash Player Version History
|Flash Player Version||Release Date||Notable New Features|
|Flash 2||1997||Buttons, libraries, stereo audio, improved bitmap integration, tweening.
Note: This was the first player released under the Macromedia brand.
|Flash 3||1998||Alpha transparency, MP3 support.|
|Flash 4||May 1999||Streaming MP3 support, motion tweening.
Note: This was the first player included by default with MS Internet Explorer (v5).
|Flash 5||August 2000||ActionScript.|
|Flash 6||March 2002||Video support (Sorenson Sparc codec), application components, shared libraries, accessibility.|
|Flash 7||September 2003||Charts & graphs, text effects, 3rd-party extensions, high-quality PDF & Adobe Illustrator import. ActionScript 2.0.|
|Flash 8||August 2005||Filter effects, blending modes, GIF & PNG support, bitmap caching, FlashType type rendering, mobile device emulator, and a significant new video codec (On2 VP6).
Note: In December 2005 Macromedia (and the Flash platform) was acquired by Adobe Systems.
|Flash 9||June 2006||ActionScript Virtual Machine AVM2, ActionScript 3.
Note: This was the first version of the player to be released before the equivalent authoring program. This means version 9 was the first player to be widely installed before much authoring activity.
|Flash 9 Update 1||November 2006||(v126.96.36.199, codenamed "Marvin")
Support for fullscreen mode.
|Flash 9 Update 3||December 2007||(v188.8.131.52, codenamed "Moviestar")
Support for H.264 video and AAC audio.
|Flash 10||October 2008||(v10.0.12.36, codenamed "Astro")
3D object transformations, advanced text features, Speex audio codec, RTMFP support (Real Time Media Flow Protocal), larger bitmap support, enhanced clipboard access, enhanced anti-aliasing engine.
|Flash 10.1||June 2010||(v10.1.53.64)
Global error handling, multi-touch, HTTP streaming, hardware H.264 decoding.
|Flash 10.2||(Previewed September 2010)||Support for 64-bit browsers.|