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Adobe Flash can find its origins back in some original software named FutureSplash Animator released in 1995. This project combined animated media with vector graphics to create an alternative for Java developers on the web.

In 1996 this software was purchased by Macromedia. The words “Future” and “Splash” were combined to create the more familiar “Flash”. The whole software suite was devoted towards creating animations and dynamic content which could be published on the Internet. There wasn’t a whole lot of exciting possibilities until the ActionScript language was paired with the software.

The released of Flash 4 in 1999 included an overhaul of the scripting language. Developers could target graphics on the screen and call functions to animate them throughout different frames. It’s arguable that ActionScript was one of the defining programming languages which eventually pushed Flash technology further into the mainstream. By now Flash Player was already somewhat popular and growing very quickly.

By early 2002-2003 Macromedia updated the Flash/ActionScript pair with the largest innovative push forward. ActionScript 2.0 paired with the software suite Flash MX 2004 was a powerhouse for generating dynamic web content. AS 2.0 is a fully-fledged Object-Oriented programming language similar to Java or PHP or C++. You could build entire websites running on Flash – let alone custom UI panels such as video players or mp3 playlists.

(Source: Jake Rocheleau, http://speckyboy.com/2012/09/05/a-history-lesson-on-the-rise-and-fall-of...)

Works Developed in this Platform:

Work titlesort descending Author Language Year
(Dis)Location, (Dis)Connection, (Dis)Embodiment Mark Cooley 2007
//**Code_Up Giselle Beiguelman English, Portuguese 2004
10% borger / 10% citizen Beathe C. Rønning English, Norwegian (Bokmål) 2005
10:01 Lance Olsen, Tim S Guthrie English 2005
12 Easy Lessons to Better Time Travel Mark C. Marino English 1998
1999 Barry Smylie English 1999
2translation Grégory Chatonsky English, French 2002
3 Proposals for Bottle Imps William Poundstone English 2003
6 avatars en quête d'auteur / 6 Avatars in Quest of an Author Daniel Buillot English, French 2008
8 Brincadeiras para Salette Tavares Rui Torres Portuguese 2010
<? echo [THE_SIGNIFIER] ?> Duc Thuan 2002
A Luta Continua Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge English, Portuguese
A Nordic Neurotic Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge English, Norwegian (Bokmål) 2014
A potential polyphony Henk van der Waal, Jaap de Jonge Dutch, English 2010
A Slow Year: Game Poems Ian Bogost English 2010
A Tree with Managers and Jittery Boats Jason Nelson English 2010
Aan Deze Tafel Marcel Möring, Job van Doeselaar Dutch 2008
About the Other Animals Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis English 2003
About Time Rob Swigart English 2001
Accounts of the Glass Sky M. D. Coverley English 2002
ACITEOP. Disfunciones poéticas del lenguaje. Pelayo Méndez Spanish (Castilian) 2011
Acte van verlatinghe Ad Poppelaars, Vera Foppele Dutch 2008
Aftelversje Judy Elfferich, Pascale Brinkel Dutch 2009
After Persephone Ingrid Ankerson English 2001
Ah K. Michel, Dirk Vis Dutch 2008
Ah (a shower song) K. Michel, Dirk Vis English 2008
AlletSator Pedro Barbosa, Luís Carlos Petry Portuguese 2007
Am I All Alone Here? Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge English 2010
American Ghosts Alan Bigelow English 2006
Amor de Clarice Rui Torres Catalan (Valencian), Portuguese 2005
Amor de Clarice (v. 2). Versão Combinatória Rui Torres Portuguese 2008
Amor-mundo, ou a vida, esse sonho triste Rui Torres Portuguese 2006
Amor-mundo, ou a vida, esse sonho triste (cn) Rui Torres Mandarin 2006
Anacrón: Hipótesis de un Producto Todo Gabriel Wolfson, Augusto Marquet Spanish (Castilian) 2009
Animalamina Chris Joseph English 2003
Another Emotion Jason Nelson English 2006
Aomori Amori Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge English, Japanese 2006
Archetypal Africa Alan Bigelow 2010
Archives Zaroum Cia Rinne English, French 2008
Arrested Nanette Wylde English 1997
Artist's Statement No. 45,730,944: The Perfect Artistic Website Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge English 2000
Artist's Statement No. 45,730,944: The Perfect Artistic Website (Korean) Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge Korean 2000
Ask Me for the Moon: Working Nights in Waikiki John David Zuern English 2004
Astres / Stars Susan Coolen, Childe Roland English, French, Welsh 2007
Asunto Hola Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge Spanish (Castilian)
Atame: A Angústia do Precário Wilton Azevedo Portuguese 2006
Back in the R.O.K. Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge English 2009
Bacterias Argentinas Santiago Ortiz Spanish (Castilian) 2004
Bathroom Sketches David Jhave Johnston 2008
Because You Asked Alan Bigelow English 2006


Version history (text): 

Flash Player Version HistoryFlash Player VersionRelease Date Notable New Features Flash 21997Buttons, libraries, stereo audio, improved bitmap integration, tweening.
Note: This was the first player released under the Macromedia brand.Flash 31998Alpha transparency, MP3 support.Flash 4May 1999Streaming MP3 support, motion tweening.
Note: This was the first player included by default with MS Internet Explorer (v5).Flash 5August 2000ActionScript.Flash 6March 2002Video support (Sorenson Sparc codec), application components, shared libraries, accessibility.Flash 7September 2003Charts & graphs, text effects, 3rd-party extensions, high-quality PDF & Adobe Illustrator import. ActionScript 2.0.Flash 8August 2005Filter effects, blending modes, GIF & PNG support, bitmap caching, FlashType type rendering, mobile device emulator, and a significant new video codec (On2 VP6).
Note: In December 2005 Macromedia (and the Flash platform) was acquired by Adobe Systems.Flash 9June 2006ActionScript Virtual Machine AVM2, ActionScript 3.
Note: This was the first version of the player to be released before the equivalent authoring program. This means version 9 was the first player to be widely installed before much authoring activity.Flash 9 Update 1November 2006(v9.0.28.0, codenamed "Marvin")
Support for fullscreen mode.Flash 9 Update 3December 2007(v9.0.115.0, codenamed "Moviestar")
Support for H.264 video and AAC audio.Flash 10October 2008(v10.0.12.36, codenamed "Astro")
3D object transformations, advanced text features, Speex audio codec, RTMFP support (Real Time Media Flow Protocal), larger bitmap support, enhanced clipboard access, enhanced anti-aliasing engine.Flash 10.1June 2010(v10.1.53.64)
Global error handling, multi-touch, HTTP streaming, hardware H.264 decoding.Flash 10.2(Previewed September 2010)Support for 64-bit browsers.

(Source: http://www.mediacollege.com/adobe/flash/player/version/)

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