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Adobe Flash

Package for web animation. Originally produced by Macromedia, currently distributed by Adobe.

Product History from:

  • Flash 1 (December 1996) - a Macromedia re-branded version of the FutureSplash Animator
  • Flash 2 (June 1997) - the object library was added to Flash
  • Flash 3 (31 May 1998) - the movieclip element, JavaScript plug-in integration, transparency and an external stand alone player was added to Flash
  • Flash 4 (15 June 1999) - internal variables, an input field, advanced Actionscript, and streamingMP3
  • Flash 5 (24 August 2000) - Javascript like Actionscript, Smartclips, HTML text formatting added
  • Flash MX (15 March 2002) - Unicode, UI Components, XML, compression, streaming video codec
  • Flash MX 2004 (9 September 2003) - text alias, Actionscript 2.0, improved streaming video codec, behaviors
  • Flash MX 2004 Pro (9 September 2003) - all Flash MX 2004 features plus a form and slide editor, web services integration, Object Oriented Programming in ActionScript 2.0, and Media Playback components, which encapsulate a complete MP3 and/or FLV player in a component that may be placed in a SWF.
  • Flash 8 (released on September 13, 2005) - Added an external interface allowing the host machine to programmatically control Flash content.
  • Flash 8 Pro (released on September 13, 2005) - From creating the interactive Web sites, presentations to mobile contents with improved higher-quality of video codec and encoder. Added Filters and Blending Modes for movie-clips and buttons.
  • Adobe Flash CS3 Professional (as version 9, released on April 16, 2007)
  • Adobe Flash CS4 Professional (as version 10, released on October 15, 2008)

For more details and user comments, view the versions of this application

VersionDescriptionRatingWine versionTest resultsComments
5.0­One of the most popular vector animation programs for the web.Garbage1.6.220
8Version 8 of Macromedia's Flash animation program.Platinum1.3.490
8.0 Professionalmacromedia flash 8.0 professionalBronze1.7.3990
CS3Version 9; the first Adobe branded version of Flash, to be released with the Adobe Creative Suite 3Bronze1.4.1100
CS4Version 10; released October 15, 2008Garbage1.3.1490
CS5Latest version available for trial downloadSilver1.9.1140
CS6 (12.0)Flash Professionnal CS6Bronze1.4.133
Flash CC 13 64bitInstalled with trial version of Flash CC 13Garbage2.010
MXVersion 6; released March 15, 2002.Platinum1.1.2040
MX 2004Version 7; released September 9, 2003.Platinum1.1.3260