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'''Macromedia Shockwave''' is {{Glossary|Macromedia's first and most successful multimedia player prior to the advent of Macromedia [[Flash]]|1}}. In an attempt to raise its brand profile all Macromedia players prepended ''Shockwave'' to their names in the late 1990s. Although this campaign was very successful and helped establish Shockwave Flash as a dominant multimedia plugin, Shockwave and Flash became more difficult to maintain as two separate products. As of 2005, Macromedia marketed three distinct browser player plugins under the brand names Macromedia Authorware, Macromedia Shockwave and Macromedia Flash.
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'''Adobe Shockwave''' was a browser-based multimedia platform for interactive applications and video games.  
  
Although Macromedia Shockwave was designed for making a wide variety of online movies and animations, its actual use has become concentrated in the area of game development. Shockwave's 3D engine is still unchallenged in this market having replaced Java as the most popular engine for online games. Flash files can be played on a Shockwave player, but not vice versa. Other features not replicated by Flash include a much faster rendering engine, including hardware-accelerated 3D, direct pixel access on bitmap images, blend modes for layered display of graphic assets and support for various network protocols, including Internet Relay Chat. Furthermore Shockwave's functionality can be extended with so-called "Xtras". Unlike Flash, the Shockwave browser plugin is not available for Linux (or Solaris) despite very vocal lobbying efforts by the Linux community.
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At April 9, 2019, Adobe Shockwave discontinued and the Shockwave player for Windows is no longer available for download.
  
According to [http://www.macromedia.com Macromedia.com], Macromedia Shockwave Player is available on 55.4% of Internet-enabled PCs ([http://www.macromedia.com/software/player_census/shockwaveplayer/ Shockwave Player Census]). Macromedia Shockwave Player uses ''.DCR'' files created using the authoring tool Macromedia Director. Its MIME type is ''application/x-director''. Macromedia Flash Player is available on 97.7% of Internet-enabled PCs ([http://www.macromedia.com/software/player_census/flashplayer/ Flash Player Census]). It uses ''.SWF'' files created using Macromedia Flash, FreeHand, Generator, and a number of third-party tools such as OpenOffice.org and Swish. Its MIME type is ''application/x-shockwave-flash''.
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Retiring the Shockwave player for Windows is the last step in a multi-year process: Adobe Director, an authoring tool for Shockwave content, was discontinued on February 1, 2017 and the Shockwave player for macOS was discontinued on March 1, 2017.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:03, 21 August 2019

Adobe Shockwave was a browser-based multimedia platform for interactive applications and video games.

At April 9, 2019, Adobe Shockwave discontinued and the Shockwave player for Windows is no longer available for download.

Retiring the Shockwave player for Windows is the last step in a multi-year process: Adobe Director, an authoring tool for Shockwave content, was discontinued on February 1, 2017 and the Shockwave player for macOS was discontinued on March 1, 2017.

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Shockwave and Flash definitions