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Adobe Is Finally Killing Shockwave

Dave Parrack 11-03-2019

Adobe Shockwave will soon be a thing of the past. And most people will agree that this is long overdue. Shockwave is old technology, and with the majority of people having moved onto newer and better alternatives, Adobe has decided Shockwave’s time is up.


What Is Adobe Shockwave?

Adobe Shockwave is a browser-based multimedia platform used to create interactive applications. To view the content, users need to install the Shockwave player. Shockwave was popular through the 90s and 00s, but has now been superseded by new technologies.

Adobe states that killing Shockwave and the Shockwave player for Windows is “the last step in a multi-year process”. Which is borne out by the fact that both Adobe Director and the Shockwave player for macOS were both discontinued in 2017.

Adobe Shockwave Is No More

Now, as first reported by Ghacks, Adobe is killing Shockwave altogether, citing the fact that “usage of Shockwave has declined”. Therefore, Adobe is discontinuing Shockwave (the platform) and removing the Shockwave player for Windows.

According to Adobe Support, on April 9, 2019, “Shockwave will be discontinued and the Shockwave player for Windows will no longer be available for download. Enterprise customers “will continue to receive support until the end of their current contracts.”


The end of Shockwave means Adobe is focusing on its Creative Cloud instead. And the company cites the use of “Adobe Animate CC for authoring interactive content for multiple platforms, such [as] HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, Flash/Adobe AIR, and others”.

Good Riddance to Shockwave

With the number of websites that now use it being so low, it’s time for Shockwave to go. And because of the constant need to update Shockwave, and the security issues that constantly arose, we’re not sorry to see the back of this Adobe plugin.

Shockwave isn’t the only Adobe plugin being killed off either. As we reported in 2017, Adobe is killing Flash in 2020 Adobe Is Finally Killing Flash... in 2020 Adobe has announced it's killing Flash. This is it, with Flash going away for good. No comebacks, no last-minute reprieves, gone but not forgotten. Read More . Flash will eventually go away 10 years after Steve Jobs campaigned for it to die. But sadly, Flash outlived the Apple founder himself.

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  1. KiwiPoku
    June 28, 2019 at 4:10 am

    "Flash fans = Idiots"

    Jesus Christ, sorry.
    I just wanted to make cartoons and make people happy...

  2. Notepad
    March 17, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Well, the problem with this approach is that it always ends up taking just as long as the tool was used.

  3. Vatsal
    March 12, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Nice poetic touch.

    "With the number of websites that now use it being so low, it’s time for Shockwave to go."

  4. ReadandShare
    March 12, 2019 at 12:34 am

    So bye bye, Adobe Flash and Shockwave. What about Adobe Air?