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Adobe updates Flash Media Server to 3.5

updated 11:20 am EST, Tue January 13, 2009

Flash Media Server 3.5

Adobe has released v3.5 of its two main Flash server products, Flash Media Interactive Server and Flash Media Streaming Server. The pair function as a backbone for supplying Flash content to a wide audience; Interactive Server concentrates on tasks such as gaming and VoIP/webcam chat, while Streaming Server is intended simply for broadcasting live or pre-recorded Flash video. Both titles have been improved with dynamic streaming, which encodes video in variable bit rates to ensure smoother playback.

The two have also been given integrated HTTP servers, and support for streaming media with restrictions from Flash Media Rights Management Server. XMP metadata created in Production Premium CS4 can be delivered as well.

Interactive Server alone has been upgraded with a live DVR function, which lets viewers pause and seek through normally live video streams. Improvements to the plug-in infrastructure are said to enable better integration and server management. Interactive Server 3.5 costs $4,500 new, or $349 as an upgrade from v3.0. Streaming Server 3.5 is a $249 upgrade, or $995 new.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    huh?

    i've seen notices posted about Flash Server on MacNN several times in the past. every time i see it ... i get a little excited.

    i am disappointed EVERY SINGLE TIME!

    why?

    because neither Flash Media Streaming Server nor Flash Media Interactive Server runs on OSX. this release ... just as every release in the past... is limited to Windows Server 2003 or Red Hat 4 / 5.

    this fact is NEVER mentioned in the various MacNN articles about it.

    i guess i don't get the logic. it isn't major news like Windows 7 Beta or anything... it is a 3rd party server getting a point release. has zero connection to Mac or OSX as far as i can tell.

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: huh?

    I'm totally with you on that. Actually Adobe makes more non-Mac products, than they do Mac Products. This used to be the reverse, but of course Bruce Chizen changed that (he was undoubtedly the worst ever CEO for Adobe).

    My bet is that MacNN editors DO NOT KNOW that Flash Server is Windows-ONLY. They wouldn't even bother to check.

    But don't sweat for Flash Server. There are better solutions which are open, free and platform-agnostic. Adobe is going to go down the way of Microsoft soon. They got in bed with them, so it's time to get fukced ....

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