Ted Patrick recently blogged that the betas for Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2 is winding down. Beta #3 for Flash and AIR is set to come out in a couple of weeks, with the release version set to come out within 60 days.
So now is the time to report any remaining bugs, so that Adobe can fix them before the next big release. As the Flash Player team can only fix bugs if they are aware that they exist. While Adobe does do a lot of QA internally looking for bugs, there’s such an incredibly huge amount of Flash content out there on such a wide variety of platforms, that it’s impossible for Adobe to thoroughly test everything themselves. Which is why it’s important for people to discover and report any bugs they discover.
So here’s the link for Flash Player 10.1 Beta 2, and here’s the link for Adobe Air 2.0 and if you find any bugs they can be reported at bugs.adobe.com. Make sure you do a search before adding a new bug, as someone else might have already included that bug. In which case, you can vote for it to give the bug more priority.
This particularly relevant, with the recent discussion lately about Flash the result of the iPad launch and talk about HTML5, as part of these online discussions there are some who think that the problem with Flash is that it’s too buggy. There are groups who complain about the proprietary nature of Flash, yet I imagine few of these people realize that Adobe does have an open bug and issue database.
So it would be great, not just to test content with the betas, but to pass this along (via Twitter, Facebook, email, blogging or old fashion verbally mentioning it) to others. Perhaps even go beyond just Flash developers but also other technically inclined people who might take the time to report bugs. Non-Flash developers aren’t likely to be able to pin-point the cause of bugs without access to debug the source code, but they could still point to any Flash content causing any major bugs or crashes.
The more people are aware of bugs.adobe.com and the more bugs get reported before a major release is shipped, the better off the next version the Flash Player and with it Adobe AIR will be. It’s actually too bad that there isn’t a “Report a Flash bug” in the right-click context menu, so that more people outside of the Flash community could be aware that they can report bugs. Perhaps when I have time later this week, I will add that as a feature request, which is the other great side of the Bug & Issue database.
One last thing, if you look between the lines of Ted’s announcement that the release version of Flash Player 10.1 will be available within 60 days, that means CS5 will likely be out within 60 days. As a new release version of Flash has always come out within a few days of the new version of the Creative Suite.