Gnash Starts To Shine With Fourth Beta Release
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 4 March 2009 at 08:37 PM EST. 39 Comments
Gnash, the Free Software Foundation project to create a completely open-source SWF movie player and browser plug-in that aims to be compatible with a majority of Adobe Flash files, has reached version 0.8.5, which is its fourth beta release. There's quite a bit of new work in Gnash 0.8.5 including MIT-SHM and X-Video support, NetConnection compatibility with more video sites, support for saving all streamed/loaded video files to disk, support for new codecs to maintain compatibility with YouTube videos, support for FLV parsing and decoding of H.264 video and AAC audio, a new GUI for KDE4 / Qt4 with SWF properties and Gnash preferences dialog boxes, support for Speex using libspeex, and improved remoting support.

The mentioned changes were just what we had found interesting from the official Gnash 8.5 change-log. On that web page you can also find more information about this beta release.

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