End Of An Era: Adobe(NASDAQ:ADBE) Shockwave Dies Today #Shockwave_FlashApril 26, 2019
Dating back to 1995 when it was named Macromedia Shockwave, this plugin was used for games, presentations, and other multimedia on the web.
Flash is still around for a while yet.
Both Shockwave and Flash were developed by Macromedia, a company Adobe acquired back in 2005.
Shockwave content is played by the “Shockwave Player” plugin, while Flash content is played by the “Flash Player” plugin.
That was Flash.
Unlike Flash, these browser features ensure games and other multimedia experiences work everywhere—from your Windows PC to your iPhone to a built-in browser on a video game console—without any browser plug-ins required.
SWF originally stood for “Shockwave Flash.” Macromedia rebranded many of its products with the name “Shockwave.” For example, when Shockwave gained the ability to play MP3 files, Macromedia called that “Shockwave Audio.” Macromedia later acquired FutureSplash, the company that owned Flash, and named the product “Flash” and the browser plugin “Shockwave Flash.” “Shockwave” referred to any sort of in-browser multimedia experience.
Luckily, most web browsers have blocked it and other old web plugins like Java now.
And, if you find an ancient web page using Shockwave content in the future, it’s possible you could hunt down a third-party download site hosting the old Shockwave installer Adobe no longer offers.
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