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Chapter 5. Introducing Shockwave > What is Shockwave?

What is Shockwave?


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Because of the large quantity of data involved, multimedia presentations, until recently, meant delivering information on disk-based media, usually CD-ROMs. The Internet, on the other hand, struggled to achieve a compromise between boring text with a few graphics thrown in, which downloaded quickly, and glitzy sites that sent users out for coffee while the content was loaded onto their machines. Moving the data necessary to achieve multimedia dazzle through the bottleneck of modems and telephone lines once seemed a little like eating a seven-course meal through a straw.


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