Shockwave is the world’s leading composing tool for developing interactive multimedia. Shockwave was originally developed by Macromedia, although it was acquired by Adobe Systems when they purchased Macromedia in Dec. 2005.

About Shockwave

Developers rely on Shockwave to create attention-grabbing business presentations, marketing stalls, interactive entertainment & learning products. One of the most important changes in Shockwave is the Property Inspector that repeatedly changes the context to match the current selection. Other features of Shockwave are mentioned below:

  • Compression of bitmap images -- Shockwave allows compression of bitmap images like jpeg. You can specify the level of compression for individual bitmap images or for all bitmap images at once. You can preview the optimized images in Fireworks and make corrections accordingly. This feature proves to be very useful if you images of larger size and you don’t want to compromise quality. Also, bitmap compression offers a compression strategy for 32-bit cast members with alpha channel data.
  • Publish command -- Publish command lets you create a Shockwave movie, in HTML templates of your choice, by selecting the Publish command from the File menu. After that, you can configure the way you want your video to appear in the browser window and publish the same. You can also define the settings for publishing your movie using the settings dialog box.
  • Controlling Sound -- This new feature allows you to control the quality and playback of your audio files in a more precise and professional way.
  • Zooming -- The zooming function of Adobe Shockwave allows expansion and contraction of the Stage window during authoring without affecting logical sprite sizes and positions.

Hardware Requirements for Shockwave


  • Processor: Pentium 200 MHz or higher processor
  • Operating system: Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, or Windows XP SP1 or SP2
  • Memory: 32MB minimum/64MB recommended
  • Hard disk: 100MB of available space


  • Processor: PowerPC G4, or G5 processor
  • Operating System: Mac OS X v.8.1or later
  • Memory: 32MB minimum/64MB recommended
  • Hard disk: 100MB of available space

Adobe's Acquisition of Macromedia

On December 03, 2005 Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia and all its products including FreeHand, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and Shockwave were renamed to Adobe. With the acquisition of Macromedia, three new products were launched by Adobe, namely, Adobe Design bundle, Flash Professional and Adobe Premiere suite. The company decided to include the Macromedia name on some of its products for a short period of time but after that all the products will be migrated to Adobe brand.




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