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1 Gnash 0.8.10
4 Improvements since 0.8.9 release are:
6 * Qt4 GUI supports mouse wheel, clipboard, and screen resolution.
7 * Enhanced UI support for script limits (abort popups, user prefs).
8 * BitmapData functions copyPixels(), copyChannel(), perlinNoise() and noise()
10 * Node id mapping in ActionScript XML class implemented (XML.idMap).
11 * Fix dispatching of Sound.onLoad event, fixing google dict audio.
12 * Fix support for control tags found after last expected frame (#33176).
13 * Fix support for uncompressed sound with gstreamer media handler.
14 * Implement Button.getDepth(), fix button key events.
15 * Fixes to startDrag and stopDrag opcodes.
16 * Implement onSoundComplete() for event sounds (#23020).
17 * Fix MovieClip.onLoad event dispatching and constant pools handling, fixing
18 support for movies generated by the evil Adobe Captivate tool (#33521).
19 * Fix unattached Sound.stop() semantic (#33888) enjoy Super Mario!
20 * OpenVG renderer added.
21 * Improved framebuffer GUI and touchscreen support.
22 * Framebuffer now supports using multiple renderers.
23 * Refactored input device support.
24 * Fix parsing of lossless 16bit bitmaps, fixing support for movies
25 generated by the evil TechSmit Camtasia tool (#34625).
26 * Improved double buffering support for AGG in a framebuffer.
27 * Thumbnailer for SWF files and GNOME2 desktop config for it.
29 Gnash 0.8.9
34 * The minimum required FFmpeg version, for people who prefer it over
35 Gstreamer, is now 51.28.0.
36 * The configure script option --enable-i810-lod-bias, which provided
37 a workaround for a very old driver for the Intel I810 when using the
38 OpenGL renderer, has been removed.
39 * Gnash now uses the system-installed libltdl rather than its in-tree
41 * NPAPI headers are now required for building the Mozilla plugin; they
42 are normally part of the Xulrunner development package.
44 Improvements since 0.8.8 release are:
46 * Fixed playback of uncommon MPEG4 streams when using GStreamer.
47 * Avoid drawing operations when the window is obscured, including when
48 Gnash is used as a plugin, starting with Firefox 4.0 (GTK GUI).
49 * Support SWF with embedded ScreenVideo when using FFMPEG or
50 gstreamer-ffmpeg >= 0.10.12.
51 * Fix playback of SWF-embedded ADPCM audio when using Gstreamer.
52 * Fix playback of SWF-embedded PCM audio when using FFMPEG.
53 * Fix swapped _framesloaded and _totalframes properties.
54 * Fixes for several crashes, with better automated testing of the
55 entire ActionScript API for input sanitization.
56 * Improved ActionScript performance processing, especially
57 for interactive applications.
58 * NPAPI plugin: fix relative urls resolution in presence of <base> tag
59 and "base" parameter; improved robustness and compatibility with
60 chromium browser. Avoid blocking the parent process.
61 * Improved SWF8 support with BitmapData.draw, BitmapData.loadBitmap,
62 and other bitmap functions.
63 * Re-entrant core libraries.
64 * RTMP remoting support.
65 * Support for PNG and GIF files in all DefineBitsJpeg tags; support
66 for DefineBitsJpeg4 tags, and fix display of some GIFs with
67 multiple records.
68 * Restore support for mingw32.
69 * fb-gnash: allow specifying size and offset of rendering "window".
70 * dump-gnash: improved speed, sync and flexibility.
71 * JPEG screenshot output.
72 * Support for linear RGB interpolation mode in gradient fills.
73 * Clipboard setting (GTK only).
74 * More flash.geom.Rectangle functions.
75 * Improved OpenBSD compatibility.
77 Gnash 0.8.8
80 Improvements since 0.8.7 release are:
82 * Renderers are able to be switched at runtime between Cairo,
83 OpenGL, and AGG.
84 * Media handlers can be switched at runtime between ffmpeg and
86 * Hardware video decoding support via VAAPI for Nvidia, ATI, and
87 Intel GPUs.
88 * Android specific support.
89 * Gnash now compiles faster due to reduced internal dependencies.
90 * Mostly complete Scriptable Plugin support which works with the
91 ExternalInterface class.
92 * Improved input device handling when using a raw framebuffer.
93 * 100% of all YouTube videos should work
94 * Support for MovieClip.beginBitmapFill() and gradient spread modes.
96 Gnash 0.8.7
99 Improvements since 0.8.6 release are:
101 * Automatic and spontaneous screenshots support in all GUIs (Benjamin Wolsey)
102 * Significant memory savings in parsing large XML trees (Benjamin Wolsey)
103 * Significant memory savings in functions calls when super is not required
104 (Benjamin Wolsey)
105 * Enhancements in video streaming [youtube HD button and seeks]
106 (Sandro Santilli)
107 * Non blocking load of bitmaps, movies, data (Sandro Santilli)
108 * Fix use of imported library symbols (Sandro Santilli)
109 * AS2 Array handling fixed. (Benjamin Wolsey)
110 * Refactoring to eliminate most static data and get closer to re-entrant VM.
111 (Benjamin Wolsey)
112 * SWF6 dynamic gradients tested and implemented correctly.
113 (Benjamin Wolsey)
114 * TextFormat.getTextExtent implemented.
115 (Benjamin Wolsey)
116 * TextField.autoSize implemented for right and center autosizing.
117 (Benjamin Wolsey)
119 Gnash 0.8.6
122 Improvements since 0.8.5 release are:
124 * TextSnapshot, Camera, Microphone, TextField and TextFormat implemented.
125 * ASSetNative, ASSetNativeAccessor, ASconstructor implemented.
126 * New utilities for finding input devices for Camera and Microphone.
127 * Fix bitmap smoothing handling in AGG renderer (Bug #25894).
128 * Custom Gnash GTK widget.
129 * Various improvements to text handling.
130 * large-scale refactoring of object and class creation for improved
131 AS compatibility.
132 * extension of native classes now works in many cases.
133 * PyGTK module support.
134 * Native and built-in functions properly separated, more native functions
136 * AmigaOS4 support (gui and sound handler).
137 * Fixes to XMLSocket crash and event order.
138 * Performance improvement for SDL gui (invalidated regions).
139 * Corrected timing of various AS events, fixing various SWFs that rely on them.
140 * Many minor bug fixes.
141 * Better A/V synchronization.
142 * Rudimentary AVM2 implementation when enabled.
143 * Fix in sendAndLoad forcing use of POST.
145 2009-03-04 Rob Savoye <email@example.com>
147 Gnash 0.8.5 released !
148 Improvements since 0.8.4 release are:
150 Due to better XML parsing compatibility and a minor fix to NetConnection,
151 many more video sites work than in the last release. Support for new
152 codecs keeps YouTube support up to date.
154 XML parsing, Selection implementation, Sound and MovieClip fixes mean
155 that many BBC Flash movies (not the BBC iPlayer) now work.
157 Potlatch support is improved with better remoting compatibility and
158 XML parsing.
160 All of the Orisinal morning sunshine games now work due to support for
161 Mixed SWF Versions runs.
163 * Support for saving streamed (FLV, H264, MP3 etc) and loaded (JPEG,
164 SWF, PNG, GIF) media to disk.
165 * Basic GUI warning messages when media decoding fails (usually
166 missing codecs).
167 * Added support for FLV parsing and decoding of H.264 video and
168 AAC audio.
169 * Scaled video smoothing implemented in AS and in default renderer
170 (AGG). YouTube video looks better when Gnash is running with high
171 quality or better.
172 * Support for _quality implemented with user-specified
173 override. (Presently only affects video smoothing in the default
175 * Made NPAPI plugin quiet, except on plugin-specific errors (to
176 reduce .xsession-errors pollution).
177 * Implemented LoadVars.toString(), XML.send() and LoadVars.send().
178 * XML parsing made compatible (less strict), XML.xmlDecl and
179 XML.docTypeDecl implemented.
180 * XMLNode methods implemented: getPrefixForNamespace(),
181 getNamespaceForPrefix(), namespaceURI, localName, prefix. Handling
182 of attributes corrected.
183 * New GUI for KDE4 / Qt4 with SWF properties and Gnash preferences
184 dialog boxes.
185 * Corrected AS enumeration order.
186 * Fixed incorrect mouse event on double click (shouldn't exist).
187 * Implemented MovieClip.getURL(), MovieClip.attachBitmap().
188 * Implemented POST for send() and getURL() methods.
189 * Added support for parsing and decoding Speex audio in FLV files
190 using libspeex.
191 * __resolve property implemented. Fixes a Flickr Flash badge.
192 * Video.clear(), Video.width and Video.height implemented.
193 * Multiple NetStream.play() fixed.
194 * Fixed support of mixed-version swf runs.
195 * Fix decoding of RAW and UNCOMPRESSED audio with gstreamer media
197 * Improve SWF4 compatibility.
198 * Improve compatibility in setting characters properties.
199 * NetConnection.isConnected and NetConnection connect events
200 implemented (fixes various video sites).
201 * Remoting support generally improved (NetConnection).
202 * Make initialization object available to MovieClip constructor
203 (attachMovie, duplicateMovieClip).
204 * Sound.getBytesLoaded, Sound.getBytesTotal implemented.
205 * Complete Selection class implemented.
209 2008-10-13 Russ Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
211 Sixth alpha release of Gnash (0.8.4).
212 Improvements since 0.8.3 release are:
214 More visible to users:
216 * The -d switch won't behave the same as in 0.8.3. This is a
217 temporary thing, we'll likely bring it back to its original
218 behaviour for next releases. If you're curious, -d will now
219 change heart beating rate.
220 * Support for MIT SHM X extention is disabled by default `cause
221 it broke (*grin*). We'll get it back on next release. Let us
222 know if you really notice a performance degradation on the
223 rendering side please <email@example.com>.
224 * Keep Adobe happy with our users and our users happy with us by
225 changing "Flash player" into "SWF player" everywhere. Adobe
226 claims "Flash" as a trademark and had asked a Linux distributor
227 to fix it.
228 * The popular SWF Twitter badge now renders correctly.
229 * Fix parsing of urls containing multiple question marks
230 * Fix support for movies embedding multiple sound streams
231 * Support for loading PNG and GIF images added.
232 * Improved rendering of SWF movies because of the less visible
233 changes listed below.
234 * Support for writing RGB/RGBA PNG images and JPEG images.
235 * Works with Potlatch OpenStreetMap editor
236 * New 'flvdumper' utility for analyzing FLV video files.
237 * XPI packaging support for Mozilla & Firefox.
239 Less visible to users:
241 * Improved SWF version 8 support:
242 o flash.geom.Point, flash.geom.Rect, flash.geom.Matrix classes
244 o flash.geom.ColorTransform almost fully implemented.
245 o flash.display.BitmapData partially implemented.
246 o flash.geom.Transform.matrix and flash.geom.Transform.ColorTransform
248 o MovieClip.transform implemented, with ability to find and apply
249 MovieClip transformations.
250 o Playback of VP6F video (SWF version 8 FLV) with Ffmpeg.
251 * Fixes and implementation of ActionScript 2 classes:
252 o NetConnection.call() implemented: initial support for flash Remoting
253 o toString() method of objects called correctly, String.split
254 implementation fixed.
255 o XMLSocket onData method implemented properly, other methods fixed.
256 o Error class implemented.
257 o XML and LoadVars sendAndLoad() now derive from a common base object
258 (loadable AS object); fixes the popular SWF Twitter badge.
259 o addRequestHeaders and contentType implemented for LoadVars and XML.
260 * VM bugfixes and improvements:
261 o Heart beating model, allowing for fine-grained interval timers and
262 threading reduction.
263 o Frame label fix (case sensitivity).
264 o Fixes and improvements to Color and cxform.
265 o SWF matrix made faster and more compatible (golf.swf works now!)
266 o try/catch/finally ActionScript expression handled more correctly.
267 o Parse and partially use ScriptLimits tag. Handle stack limit more
269 o Fixed scoping issues for SWF <= 5
270 o Bitmap characters now support alpha.
271 * Media handling improvements:
272 o Pluggable architecture for MediaHandlers (ffmpeg/gst available)
273 o Media-handler agnostic Sound and NetStream classes
274 o Numerous bug fixes in ffmpeg and gstreamer media handling
275 * SWF version 2-specific fixes:
276 o PlaceObject tag display fixed (also applies to SWFs generated with
277 some free tools)
278 o DefineButtonCxform tag implemented).
279 * Codebase improvements:
280 o Renamed the 'server' directory to be a more accurate 'libcore'.
281 Merge 'libgeometry' into 'libbase'
282 o Keep Adobe happy with our users and our users happy with us by
283 changing "Flash player" into "SWF player" everywhere (a Linux
284 distributor received a demand letter).
285 o Numerous cleanups and changes to improve portability.
289 2008-05-10 Russ Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
291 Sixth alpha release of Gnash (0.8.3).
292 Improvements since 0.8.2 release are:
294 More visible to users:
295 * Native fullscreen support (from AS) implemented.
296 * Long command-line options properly supported.
297 * View detailed movie information from GTK gui.
298 * Added an option in Preferences to initially display a movie
299 as a blank ("Click here to start") screen.
300 * Added "dump" GUI to dump a movie to disk.
301 * Improved Cairo rendering performance.
302 * Fix support for OpenOffice Impress SWF exporter (malformed..)
304 Less visible to users:
305 * Garbage Collector usage reduced where appropriate.
306 * Mouse.hide and Mouse.show implemented in GTK.
307 * ActionScript inheritance fixes:
308 o super implemented correctly (still not 100% compatible for SWF7)
309 o implements / instanceof works correctly now
310 * FsCommands quit, fullscreen and showMenu implemented.
312 * Minor ActionScript compatibility fixes: String, XML, toLocaleString,
313 int, parseInt. fromCharCode, toString (SWF4) etc.
314 * Fixes to arguments class (tests: Function.as, line404~456).
315 * Stage.scaleMode implemented (fixes resizing of various movies).
316 * Stage.align implemented.
317 * Fixes to Date class (platform consistent).
318 * Logging uses boost::format.
319 * Improved Win32 support: builds using MinGW/MSYS (cross-compile
320 not tested yet), and initial implementation of npgnash.dll exists.
321 * Sprite handling improved, fixing FlowPlayer and other video SWFs.
322 * TextField handling:
323 o Fix in device font handling (DefineFontInfo tag)
324 o Fix support for DefineFont2 tag (sizes)
325 o Improve TextField support for TextFormat use.
326 * Fix parsing of malformed XML files
327 * Fix loading of text / XML with Byte Order Marks.
328 * Minor fix to _x and _y translation.
329 * More functions correctly registered as ASnative.
330 * System.capabilities information expanded.
331 * Jemalloc memory allocator from Mozilla added as an option.
332 * Redesigned and implemented AMF0 support, with the beginning of
333 AMF3 support.
334 * SWF8 line styles support (both from tag and drawing api)
339 2008-02-21 Sandro Santilli <email@example.com>
341 Fifth alpha release of Gnash (0.8.2).
342 Improvements since 0.8.1 release are:
344 * Improved timeline redesign.
345 * Action execution order fixes.
346 * Keyboard handling improved .
347 * New classes implemented: System.capabilities (partial),
348 SharedObject, LocalConnection.
349 * New opcodes implemented: ActionImplements, Try/Throw.
350 * Movieclip.beginGradientFill completes drawing API support.
351 * MovieClip._lockroot support added.
352 * Implement GET/POST for MovieClip.loadVariables and
354 * Textfield support improved.
355 * Security: configurable sandbox restricts filesystem access by movies.
356 * Better support for SWF8.
357 * Streaming OGG-contained multimedia (e.g. vorbis/theora or vorbis/dirac),
358 and other free formats.
359 * OGL and Cairo renderers much improved.
360 * Improvements of the Framebuffer GUI (hide text messages, support Linux
361 events system, built-in touchscreen calibration, simple keyboard support,
362 better architecture support).
363 * SOLdumper utility for reading SOL files ('flash cookies').
364 * DumpShm utility finds and dumps Local Connection memory segments.
365 * Fullscreen display possible.
366 * Extensions for LIRC and DBus.
367 * High quality, cross-platform psuedo-randomness using boost random.
369 from within movies.
370 * Set and save preferences from the GUI (GTK).
371 * Improved stability and robustness with malformed SWFs.
372 * Many other bugfixes.
376 2007-08-29 Sandro Santilli <firstname.lastname@example.org>
378 Fourth alpha release of Gnash (0.8.1).
379 Improvements since 0.8.0 release are:
381 * Garbage Collector
382 * Support for device fonts
383 * Support for dynamic text fields
384 * Better key handling
385 * Support for FFMPEG SVN
386 * Support for on-demand install of needed Gstreamer codec plugins.
387 * Debugger off by default (improves performance and memory use)
388 * AGG renderer by default
389 * Support for KDE/AGG combination
390 * Layout change : we'll now build <gui>-gnash and 'gnash' is a shell
391 script with gui selection capabilities (-G)
392 * More robust parser
393 * Better support for flash player detection
394 * Fix for 'debugLog' directive in gnashrc
398 2007-06-01 Rob Savoye <email@example.com>
400 The third alpha release of Gnash. Improvements since the 0.7.2 release
403 * Streaming video works with YouTube and Lulu.tv! This has been the
404 focus for the majority of the time since the last release.
405 * Many core improvments in the VM as our understanding of Flash
406 improves. These all improve both the correctness of a movie that is
407 being played, but enables more movies to play that used to not work.
408 * New FLTK2 gui.
409 * Simple Flash debugger added.
410 * Improved Darwin support that can use the system OpenGL.
411 * Flash extensions, direct support for file handling, MySQL access,
412 etc.. through plugins to the Gnash VM. Wrappers for any C/C++ API
413 libraries can be exported into ActionScript, and used as native
414 commands in a Flash movie.
415 * Updated manuals.
416 * Many new testcases! Support for testing with ming, swfmill, amd
417 mtasc compilers.
418 * New drawing API for MovieClips..
422 2006-09-10 Rob Savoye <firstname.lastname@example.org>
424 The second alpha release of Gnash is coming soon. Improvements since
425 the 0.7.1 alpha release are:
427 * Polling main loop replaced with event driven framework.
428 * New GUI abstraction layer supporting GTK2, KDE, SDL, and just a
430 * Movies are parsed by a background thread, so they start playing
431 while still loading.
432 * Plugin supports web navigation and starts playing while the stream
433 is loading.
434 * New AntiGrain (AGG) 2D backend added for framebuffer devices.
435 * Sound now works.
436 * Supports cross configuration and cross compiling for embedded targets.
437 * A whole slew of minor bugs that kept various movies from playing.
441 2006-04-20 Rob Savoye <email@example.com>
443 * The first alpha release of Gnash! Version 0.7.1 is released with a
444 working browser plugin.
448 2005-12-10 Rob Savoye <firstname.lastname@example.org>
450 * GameSWF has been turned into Gnash! Gnash's goals are to turn this
451 into a free flash movie player plugin for Firefox.