Adobe Director, Shockwave For Mac Get The Axe, Finally Burying The Corpse Of Macromedia

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Macromedia isn't a name you hear often these days and even if you did, you'd self-correct it to "Adobe" in your head. But we all remember Macromedia Director, a dedicated program for "interactive multimedia" that was all the rage in the 1990s. The decades however have not been kind to Director's popularity, so much so Adobe is putting the brand to bed as early as next month.

Director's strength was that you could use it to build (almost) anything. From interactive presentations to simple applications and even complex video games, if you had the patience and time, it was a versatile piece of kit.

However, with the rise of focused competitors, such as Unity for games development and the move to web apps, Director doesn't really have a place. Hence Adobe's decision to stop "selling and supporting" Director makes total sense:

As customers embrace the new features and efficiencies offered by Creative Cloud, we will no longer be selling and supporting Adobe Director and Contribute, which was last released in 2012. Sale of Adobe Director and Contribute will stop on February 1, 2017. We will also stop ongoing updates and support for Adobe Shockwave on Mac devices on March 14th after the last release of the product.

A bit sad, yes, but that's the software business for you.

[Adobe, via VentureBeat]



    I learned to use Director back in '99 at Swinburne uni, studying one of (if not the first) 'new media' focused post-grad degrees available in Australia. It also got me my first few paying gigs (developing CD-ROMs). I loved Director.

    Then the dot-com crash happened, I lost my job, Adobe swallowed up Macromedia, and the steady decline of Director commenced. Online recovered, I made peace with Adobe's acquisition of their fiercest competitor, I retrained (don't work in multimedia anymore though I *do* still work on the web) and the world moved on. As any long time fan of Director knew from the moment Adobe acquired it though - it was always dead in the water, as surely as Freehand.

    Freehand at least was allowed to die a relatively swift and merciful death - Adobe have been dragging Director's out for the last seventeen years or so ! So long old friend - I'll miss you. I might pull out my 'Studio 8'-era version of you to install on Parallels for a bit, just for nostalgia's sake. Let's see if I still remember my Lingo scripting ! :)

      Macromedia included both Director and Authorware. Adobe killed Authorware ostensibly because its 3.5MB web player was considered too big for the hoi polloi to download (and Adobe wanted everyone to use Flash instead). Then when IBM offered to buy Authorware, Adobe asked for $100 million and so Authorware was dead and buried.

      I used it till quite recently to write simple Win32 apps for my own use.

      Studied Director a few years before Zippy but I can 100% relate.

    Oo I remember Director. It's how fluked my way through physics class because my uni grades were only low on that end I wouldn't have graduated if those were still low. Made a CD rom for the physics department and they were so happy with it they gave me the points to graduate.
    Good times. Making your own jrpgs with your own shitty art lol.

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