Macromedia Flash vs. Shockwave

Finally, after I’m confused with the differences between Macromedia Flash (F) and Shockwave (S), here is the brief differences directly from the Product Manager for Macromedia Director and Shockwave Player.

1. Content Authorization
F : with Macromedia Flash
S : with Macromedia Director
The word “Shockwave” and “Director” are often used interchangeably.

2. Player
F : viewed with the Macromedia Flash Player
S : viewed with the Macromedia Shockwave Player

3. Functionality
F : for website user interfaces
It creates lightweight web content that includes designs, animations and application user interfaces for deployment across all platforms and browsers

S : for web 3D
It creates highly extensible multimedia content that includes advanced 3D games and learning applications deployable across multiple mediums such as the web, kiosk, and CD-ROMs.

4. User
F : almost everyone online can immediately view Flash content
S : 70% of web-viewing population

5. Source

F : vector-based
S : 3D technology

Both F dan S are often used together. F for the user interface design and S for the featured interactive online games, the example of this website is http://www.gorillaz.com/geep/.

Hmm, how’s the conclusion above? Do you have a clear mind already? I figure out that F and S are like pencil and ballpoint. They have a similar function, but it’s based on us when to use them wisely.

Source : http://www.adobe.com/newsletters/


2 Responses to “Macromedia Flash vs. Shockwave”

  1. 1 Sean C
    December 31, 2009 at 1:29 am

    Excellent comparison~

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