There was a time when Adobe Shockwave was an important multimedia platform. It was a tool to build video games and multimedia apps.
Developers created their content through Adobe Director and published it on the Internet. Then, users could view such content in a browser with a Shockwave Player plug-in.
But that era will halt next month. Adobe will officially discontinue Shockwave platform. You can still play your favorite browser-based game. However, you might consider deleting Shockwave from your device.
Last month, Adobe started notifying its customers about its plan to discontinue the said multimedia platform. Recently, it posted a message on its official website about the platform’s demise on April 9, 2019.
“Effective April 9, 2019, Adobe Shockwave will be discontinued and the Shockwave player for Windows will no longer be available for download.” – Adobe
The reason for its decision to stop this platform is the increasing popularity of HTML5 Canvas and WebGL. For many years, Adobe team has been working on shutting it down.
With that in mind, it is not only canceling its Flash but it is also discontinuing Shockwave for Windows. Its Director authoring tool had been phased out in 2017. However, if you are an enterprise customer, you can still receive support up to 2022.
But it is not surprising to know that Adobe is shutting it down. The Internet has changed significantly. As the popularity of HTML5 and WebGL increases, the use of Shockwave declined.
Its developers would wish to move on to newer formats if they want to support their web apps. You will not notice its effect. However, problems might still arise.
Most older web games were developed and built around Shockwave. In the past, Shockwave allowed visually exciting web apps. But that was before HTML became powerful and consumer smartphones were just a pipe dream.
When developers stopped supporting it, those old apps would be unusable after Shockwave’s death.
What is the Best Replacement?
Adobe recommends the use of Creative Cloud as the best replacement.
Even though Adobe will discontinue it, it is still improving other platforms. In fact, its Lightroom software got an AI feature offering a 30 percent image quality increase. It overhauls the foundational aspect of photo editing Adobe software.
When Adobe announced it, some people realized that Shockwave was still around. The platform is best remembered for many browser-based games, including the Newgrounds, Miniclip and Donut Boy.
Shutting down Shockwave was a multi-year process. As mentioned earlier, its authoring tool called Adobe Director has discontinued two years ago. Then, Adobe announced the demise of Flash in 2020.
Avast security researchers discovered that Shockwave was the commonly outdated program on users’ machines. Programs that are not updated regularly are at high risk of security flaws that hackers could take advantage of.
Soon, all multimedia platforms from the early days would be gone forever. You could only find them on YouTube in a compilation video.
Shockwave and Flash were developed by Macromedia. But Adobe acquired Macromedia in 2005. Both platforms defined an era of complicated interfaces and time-wasting video games.