Adobe has announced that Shockwave is officially going to be shut down. The company announced this is a recent blog post where it revealed Shockwave will be discontinued on April 9th. Although, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following Adobe news in the past because the company has discontinued the Adobe Director app which was used to create specific content for Shockwave back in 2017.
Say Goodbye to Shockwave
“Adobe Shockwave is a browser-based multimedia platform for interactive applications and video games. Retiring the Shockwave player for Windows is the last step in a multi-year process: Adobe Director, an authoring tool for Shockwave content, was discontinued on February 1, 2017 and the Shockwave player for macOS was discontinued on March 1, 2017,” said Adobe in a recent blog post.
The HTML5 and Web GL Platforms
In case some of you might be wondering why Adobe is letting go of Shockwave, then you should know that the reason why this is happening is because Shockwave has been replaced by the HTML5 and Web GL platforms. Interactive content is no longer being made for Shockwave and therefore, Adobe doesn’t see any good reasons to keep supporting it.
Technical Support is Ending As Well
Before we sign off, we also want to note that Adobe is going to end all technical support for Shockwave. Support for individual customers will end on April 9, 2019. Customers with EULA distribution licensing will continue to receive support until the end of their 1-year contract. Enterprise customers will continue to be supported until the end of their contracts in 2022,” added Adobe.
Adobe wanted to make sure that everyone who used Shockwave know that they have other alternatives which offer better services and it listed the following alternatives: Adobe Animate, Adobe XD, Adobe Dreamweaver.