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Adobe will discontinue Shockwave in early April this year

By Wong Chung Wee - on 12 Mar 2019, 11:26am

Adobe will discontinue Shockwave in early April this year

Image source: Adobe

With effect from 09 April this year, Adobe will discontinue Shockwave and the Shockwave player for Windows will no longer be available.

Shockwave was released in 1995 by Macromedia, a graphics, multimedia, and web development software company (1992–2005) based in San Francisco, California. It was behind products such as Flash and Dreamweaver. In 2005, the company was acquired by Adobe Systems.

Shockwave was developed as a plugin for web browsers so that users can enjoy multimedia content and web-based games. It was also used to create interactive content that were distributed on CD-ROMs. But with the adoption of HTML5 and WebGL by web content developers, the Shockwave platform was made obscure as rich media web content can be delivered without the use of cumbersome browser plug-ins. The ease of digital media delivery over the broadband internet connections made CD-ROMs obsolete.

End user support for Shockwave will ceased by early next month; however, corporations with Enterprise licenses for the software will continue to receive support until the end of their existing contracts.

Source: Adobe, Wikipedia