Flash Player 10

I turned on my computer today and was greeted with a Flash Player update request. Being the curious fellow that I am, I went and checked the release notes and made a very pleasant discovery.

Flash Player 10 supports keyboard inputs in fullscreen mode!

Many of you may not be aware, but when Flash originally added support for fullscreen mode in version 9, they bizarrely blocked everything but mouse inputs when a user switched to full screen. This meant that all interactivity had to come from the mouse. They stated it was a security measure, which may be true, but seemed a bit excessive. It was a real downer for me seeing the possibilities of what could be done in fullscreen mode, and not being able to do them because of the limitations.

But now that is no more. I know I'm not the only one excited about this feature, so get ready to see all of your favorite games now available in fullscreen mode. And hopefully Adobe's fears of secret fullscreen popups stealing people's identities won't come to fruition. We'll have to wait and see how this feature ends up being used and abused over the next few months.

Update: Guess I should read the fine print. While this does bring support for arrow, shift, spacebar and enter keys; it still blocks input from what they are calling "print" keys. Print keys apparently are all of the letter/number keys on the keyboard. Better than nothing, but still frustrating. No support for text blocks in fullscreen mode. Oh well.

There are some other great features included, so if you are that kind of nerd, go check out the release notes yourself. (WARNING: the notes are in a large pdf that showed up in Chinese in my browser, so you may want to download it rather than viewing it in your browser)

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