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Chapter 11. Shockwave, Director, and Flash

Chapter 11. Shockwave, Director, and Flash

Macromedia has a long history of developing important interactive multimedia tools for desktop multimedia delivery, such as on CD-ROMs. But the introduction of Macromedia's Web-delivery technology, Shockwave—first for Director and then for Authorware, FreeHand, and Flash—marked Macromedia as a full-blown Web-technology provider. Of the available flavors of Shockwave, the two most important versions by far are Director and Flash—the first for its excellent tools for creating complex interactivity; the latter for creating highly compact and efficient animation.

Flash, combined with RealNetworks' server and player technology, was the basis of the first full-blown animation festival on the Web, hosted by RealNetworks in the spring of 1998. The level of sophistication, visual quality, and audio fidelity was extraordinary, given the extremely brief history of Web animation at the time.


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