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DeveloperFutureWave Software (1995-1996)
Macromedia (1996–2005)
Adobe (2005-2020)
PublisherFutureWave, Macromedia, Adobe
SystemsBrowser, Linux, macOS, Windows
Released1995-December 31, 2020
Added to
macOS executable: May 27, 2018

Flash was a multimedia software platform by Adobe. Adobe Animate was originally developed to create multimedia in the Flash format, however Adobe discontinued Flash support on December 31, 2020 in favor of the HTML5 format for web content.

FutureSplash Animator

In 1993, FutureWave Software released a vector drawing application named SmartSketch. In 1995, FutureWave added frame-by-frame animation features to the product for use as a vector-based web animation tool and released it as FutureSplash Animator.

Macromedia Flash

In December 1996, Macromedia acquired FutureWave Software and rebranded FutureSplash Animator as Shockwave Flash 1.0.

Adobe Flash

On December 3, 2005, Adobe acquired Macromedia. Macromedia Flash was rebranded Adobe Flash.

Flash was discontinued by Adobe on December 31, 2020.

Flash games owned by the WEC Museum

Title Developer Release Added to Museum Notes
Dangeresque Roomisode 1: Behind the Dangerdesque Videlectrix 2008 May 18, 2010
Epic Saga: Extreme Fighter Double Fine Productions 2007 June 20, 2019
Host Master and the Conquest of Humor Double Fine Productions 2009 June 20, 2019
Host Master Deux: Quest for Identity Major Bueno 2013 June 20, 2019
My Game About Me: Olympic Challenge Double Fine Productions 2008 June 20, 2019
Tasha's Game Double Fine Productions 2008 June 20, 2019