My graphic design skills are poor, a fact all the more frustrating because I have a good enough eye to recognize when something looks bad, but not the aptitude to improve it.
Unlike less restrained people, I haven't inflicted the unreadable crimes of Word Art on my fellow humans since I was a teenager (though as previous work on implementing gradients for the MovieClip drawing API shows, when you have an excuse, playing with garish gradients is still fun!). But along with other design-incompetents, I'm fascinated by adventurous graphics and patterns.
A screenshot of Gnash 0.8.10dev demonstrating the BitmapData.perlinNoise() function, new in the development sources. See the SWF in action. If you have Gnash and can't see it, you need a newer version!
As well as many stability fixes, Gnash 0.8.9 brought improvements in sound playback, gradient rendering, RTMP remoting support, and implementation of important parts of the BitmapData class.
For the next version, provisionally 0.8.10, there are already some exciting new improvements in the development repository: the Qt4 GUI supports clipboard setting and mouse wheel input, the BitmapData implementation is optimized and extended, and the XML class is finally fully implemented.
There's no official announcement yet, but the tarballs of Gnash 0.8.9 are available from GNU mirrors.
Gnash 0.8.9 brings many bugfixes and some new features, including:
- Fixed playback for some MPEG4 streams, playback of PCM sound with the FFmpeg media handler and ADPCM sound with the Gstreamer media handler.
- Support for embedded ScreenVideo.
- Fixes for several crashes.
- Improved ActionScript performance processing, especially for interactive applications.
The Windows 32 builds of Gnash available from this website now use an installer for easy installation and removal of Gnash. Like the executables themselves, the installer is created under Debian GNU/Linux using only free software.
I regularly build and publish binary executables of Gnash for 32-bit Windows. These binaries use standard, current Gnash sources with no extra patches, and come with the simple SDL GUI, FFmpeg media support, and high-quality AGG rendering.
The packages have some known shortcomings, including:
- No plugin, so command-line only.
- Various OS-dependent functions are missing, e.g. shared memory.
- No 'headless' version for rendering to video.
- Certain codecs are missing due to the GPL-licensed FFmpeg version.