Adobe's latest Flash instalment, 10.2, has shed the beta tag and is now a stable release for Windows, Mac and Linux users.

The biggest change to 10.2 is that HD playback should be a lot kinder on your poor old CPU with Stage Video hardware acceleration promising to "dramatically decrease processor usage and enable higher frame rates, reduced memory usage, and greater pixel fidelity for best-in-class high-definition (HD) playback performance".

This means that the likes of YouTube and Vimeo (once they enable support, that is) should cause your PC to make a less unhealthy sounding noises as it tries to crunch out the 1080p playback - usage of the CPU should be between just 1 and 15 per cent.

Flash 10.2 also has support of multi-touch gestures and accelerometer input, and so it's no surprise that Adobe is touting it as an "expressive" program for mobile devices and tablets.

Adobe is also cosying up to Microsoft - with support included for the GPU rendering technology in Microsoft's upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser.

Adobe Flash 10.2 is available to download now. It's free.