Fresh downloads: Adobe Flash, Open Office

New Flash promises better sound; new Open Office supports PDF/A

Adobe has released version 10 the Flash Player of, the free browser plug-in for playing animations. Version 10 promises improved audio capabilities, as well as better three-dimensional modeling and typography. The new version may also provide to be less burdensome to your processor, as it will use more capabilities on the graphics card, according to the company.

Another newly released free download is version 3.0 of Open Office. This update of the open source office suite will include support for Microsoft Office 2007 files, as well as the latest version of the Open Document Format. Open Office can also save files in the archiving subset of the Portable Document Format (PDF/A).

Both new software releases have broadened support for new platforms. For the first time, Adobe released Flash for Linux concurrently with its Microsoft Windows edition, and the new version of Open Office is the first to run natively on the Apple OS X operating system.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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