After a few months of great progresses under the stewardship of Jani Monoses Lightspark, the modern and open source flash player implementation is now again being maintained by me. And I’m very proud to announce the release of lightspark 0.5.6, that brings quite a few new features and a usual load of stability fixes. Source code is available of course from Launchpad. Packages should be shortly available for various distros. I will also try to get an updated Windows build in the next few days.
Here are the new features, from both 0.5.5 and 0.5.6, since I was too lazy to publish the previous release. My bad, it will not happen again.
- Fix YouTube support for several videos
- Support for custom serialization/deserialization
- Support RPC (NetConnection::call)
- Support for PNG images
- Experimental support for Google Street View
- Support for Firefox 10
As you can see experimental support for Google Street View is now available (kudos to Antti Ajanki for this). Moreover, the RPC and serialization support has been written in an ongoing effort by me to support FarmVille and similar highly interactive and complex flash games. We are definitely expanding the scope of what is considered supported, but there are still some unfinished corners in YouTube support, and many other video players do not work yet.
This is way I would like to encourage young hackers, especially students, that are interested in contributing to a complex project like lightspark to choose their favorite site using flash to show videos and drop by the #lightspark IRC channel on Freenode. Me and the other lightspark developers will provide the guidance you may need in the first steps. Most often it just a matter of implementing or improving a few Flash APIs to see a player start working. And you favorite site (and your name) may be posted here in the next Lightspark release!