I’m officially announcing Lightspark 0.4.3. A couple of interesting features as been added since the RC and a good amount of bug fixes thanks to user reports. The aggregate changelog since 0.4.2 is huge! Here it is:
- Liquid layout support
- Faster rendering of the input layer
- Reduced memory consumption
- Support for H263/MP3 videos
- Smoother playback of audio and video
- Fallback on Gnash for older clips
Many users asked why vimeo, hulu and many others video sharing sites don’t work while youtube does. The answer is, although flash based video players looks simple a lot of action script code is actually being executed under the hood. Support for youtube has been a priority given it’s huge popularity but I’d like to clarify that lightspark is not a youtube specific hack and that over time support will come for any site.
As a way to help new developer join my effort I’d like to launch a “site adopting” campaign. Developers that are willing to work on lightspark, but are scared by the complexity of the challenge can choose a site using flash that is important/useful for them and work to implement the needed features. To help them I’m most always online in the #lightspark IRC channel and available to tutor them.
As a closing news, after the last post a radeon user helped to shed some light over the ati related issues. radeon users are urged to upgrade at least the mesa 7.8.2 to try lightspark as the support for the needed GL features got definitely better. Keep reporting bugs if anything is not working even after the upgrade. Moreover, I’ve discovered today that firefox older than version 3.5.11 will not work as it misses a needed plugin interface, so keep your systems updated!