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Chapter 1. What's New? > The Fastest Flash Player Ever

The Fastest Flash Player Ever

Major improvements have been made to increase not only the speed of the player in both data parsing and animation, but the player has received a new text-rendering engine that allows it to show much sharper text.

FlashType

FlashType is a new text-rendering technology that has been included in the Flash Player 8. It uses adaptively sampled distance fields (ADFs) to improve the anti-aliasing quality of text for static, dynamic, and input text fields. This will be especially noticeable when you are dealing with small point text. These ADFs create outlines that determine glyphs in a different way than most text-rendering engines do. They can also use subpixel rendering on LCDs in much the same way that ClearType works. You should notice in the Properties Inspector several new anti-aliasing options, which are covered in great detail in Chapter 15, “Working with Text.”


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