Flash

Flash1. Short for Adobe Flash, Flash is a software program that allows users to create animated works that are typically saved as .FLV and can be viewed over the Internet. It was originally developed by FutureWave, (known as Future Splash Animator) then was later renamed and introduced to the public as Macromedia Flash 1.0 in 1996, shortly after the Macromedia purchased the product. Later in April 2005, Adobe announced plans to purchase Macromedia, which was finalized and completed by the end of 2005.

Note: Below is a simple example of the Macromedia flash enabled logo to determine if your browser has Macromedia plug-in installed and working.

You need to get the Flash 4 plug-in!

How do I install the Adobe Flash Player?

Flash vs. HTML5

Today, more sites are moving away from Adobe Flash in favor of HTML5, which require no additional plugins and works with all of the latest browsers and mobile device.

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2. Flash is also a term Apple uses to describe a Solid State Drive (SSD).

Also see: Adobe AIR, Browser, Internet, Internet terms, Plug-in, Shockwave, Silverlight