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Adobe Flash vs. Shockwave Flash

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I just discovered that I have both Adobe Flash and Shockwave Flash installed on my XP system. Do I need both of them or do they do essentially the same thing?

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If it were me, I would remove shockwave flash & just use flash.

 

If you find that you do need it, you can always add it back.

 

I haven't used shockwave in years.

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yeah, I finally got around to removing shockwave a few years back, it was used mostly for games I think (pre-zynga/pop-cap revolution)

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Shockwave Flash is Adobe Flash Player.

 

Shockwave Player is a different plugin (Shockwave for Director); very rarely used these days.

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Flash & Shockwave are both created by Macromedia, which is owned now by Adobe.

 

Flash -> Interactive front-end web applications/advertising/short animations.

Shockwave -> Destination web content/product demos/presentations/online shopping carts/multi-user games.

 

Flash is the faster, sleeker version, & requires less technical know-how to use. Costs less to master (classes/books/teaching programs).

Shockwave is costlier to learn, is more challenging to decode & modify, & requires more expertise. It can also integrate Flash (Flash can't integrate shockwave).

 

Flash is made through Adobe Flash ($699 USD).

Shockwave is made through Adobe Director ($999 USD).

 

While they have similarities, the differences are enough that I am glad flash is prevailing over shockwave.

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