Adobe Flash

deprecated multimedia platform used to add animation and interactivity to web pages

Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash) is a rich internet application distributed by Adobe Systems. Adobe Flash and Adobe Flash Player were used to create and view animated content that could be placed on web pages. Adobe Flash was used commonly on the Internet by web browsers.[1]

Adobe Flash
Logo of Adobe Flash Pro CS6, a version of Adobe Flash
Logo of Adobe Flash Pro CS6, a version of Adobe Flash
Developer(s)Adobe Systems, before that Macromedia
Initial releaseNovember 3, 2002; 19 years ago (2002-11-03) February 5, 2021; 19 months ago (2021-02-05)
TypeRich internet application

Flash was created by FutureWave (a multimedia company) in 1995. Then it was called "FutureSplash Animator" (this was Flash 1.0). FutureWave along with Flash were soon bought by Macromedia around 1997, who in December 2005 was again bought by Adobe Systems. From Flash version 2 to 8 it was called "Macromedia Flash", now it is called "Adobe Flash".

In 2012, Adobe discontinued the Solaris version of Flash Player, and made the Linux version only for Google Chrome. The Android version was removed from Google Play.

In 2020, Adobe discontinued Adobe Flash, because Adobe claims that WebGL, HTML5, and WebAssembly serve as good alternatives for Adobe Flash.[2]

How Adobe Flash was usedEdit

Video gamesEdit

Screenshots and a recording of Flash games QWOP, Solipskier, and Hundreds

Flash video games are popular on the Internet, with websites like Newgrounds, Kongregate, and Armor Games are dedicated to Flash-based games. Popular Flash games include Transformice, Farmville, Alien Hominid, QWOP and Club Penguin.[3][4]

Adobe AIR allows the creation of Flash-based mobile games, which can be published to the Google Play and the Apple App Store.[5][6][7]


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  4. "Alien Hominid (PS2) – ET palaa kotiin". Retrieved 2022-02-03.
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  6. "Do I need Adobe AIR, or should I remove it? [Explained]". Windows Report - Error-free Tech Life. 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
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