The Adobe Premium Features for Flash Player give developers and publishers access to an advanced tier of capabilities, which require a separate license agreement with Adobe. If you have questions related to Premium Features for Flash Player, please contact us at fpl@adobe.com.

Premium Features

In Flash Player 11.2, Adobe offered the XC APIs as a premium feature. The XC APIs provide access to cross-compilation APIs (XC APIs) that allow a 3rd party ecosystem of game development tools to target Flash Player. For more information about the XC APIs, see http://gaming.adobe.com/technologies/xc/

As of January 2013, Adobe is no longer classifying the XC APIs as a Premium Feature. The XC APIs are now available as a standard feature without requiring a separate license agreement with Adobe, nor royalties. Developers and publishers who have published content using the XC APIs do not need to take any action on the Premium Features registration site, or make any changes to their content to reflect the change in status for the XC APIs and licensing terms.

There are currently no public Premium Features in the Flash runtimes.

FAQ

What are Premium Features for Flash Player?

Premium Features are features, APIs and/or functionality within the Flash runtimes that require a separate license from Adobe in order to be used by content developers and publishers.

What are the XC APIs?

The XC APIs are the combination of domain memory APIs and Stage3D hardware acceleration APIs. These cross-compilation APIs allow a 3rd party ecosystem of game development tools to target Flash Player, including languages such as C/C++ and tools like Unity, as well as the Adobe Flash C++ Compiler (flascc) cross-compiler.

What is the status of the XC APIs?

As of January 2013, the XC APIs are no longer classified as a Premium Feature and access no longer requires a separate license from Adobe, nor royalties. The use of Stage 3D APIs in conjunction with the fast-memory opcodes via the domainMemory API will be available as a standard feature without requiring that content creators enter into a separate license agreement with Adobe.

Developers and publishers that have published content using the XC APIs do not need to make any changes to their content to reflect the change in status for the XC APIs and licensing terms.

Why is Adobe changing the licensing requirements for the XC APIs?

Based on feedback from developers, Adobe has decided to change the licensing terms for the XC APIs and classify these capabilities as a standard feature. The XC APIs are no longer part of the Flash Player Premium Feature tier and do not require a separate license nor royalties.

Flash provides a cross-device workflow with the broadest reach. While not all developers require the XC APIs to deliver great games and experiences on the web, this change removes a barrier to entry and allows developers and publishers to choose Flash when it is the best solution for their content across devices.

What should I do if I have already obtained a Premium Features license for the XC APIs?

You are not required to take any action on the Premium Features registration site, or make any changes to your content as a result of the change in status for the XC APIs and licensing terms.

Do developers who published content using the XC APIs owe any royalties to Adobe?

No. With the change in designation of XC APIs as Premium Features, developers are no longer required to report or make royalty payments to Adobe.

Will Adobe have additional Premium Features for Flash Player in the future?

Adobe may designate additional features in Flash Player as Premium Features in the future.

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