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Celebrating 10 Years of Flash

Posted Saturday, August 12, 2006 10:48:38 AM by Kim


There have been lots of great postings here and there surrounding the 10th Anniversay of Flash this past week. If you've missed the many announcements and congratulations, here are a few that I thought particularly interesting:

Adobe kicked things off with a nice article from 10 different designers and developers titled Flash: Ten years, ten perspectives, featuring stories from the likes of Justin Everett-Church, Dan Carr, Stacey Mulcahy and our own Rob Reinhart and Tom Green. It's interesting to see how different people became interested in Flash and where the application has taken their careers.

In addition to that article, Adobe also hosted a very interesting Breeze Presentation with Kevin Lynch, Mike Downey,  Mike Chambers, and Eric Wittman talking about the early days of Flash and how the product developed from its humble beginnings as a drawing and animation tool into the application we know today. My favorite part of that presentation was the photograph of the shrink-wrapped box that was released as Flash 1 where the only change was the slapping-on of a sticker over the FutureSplash name. That and the little hole where it looks like someone started to remove the cellophane but thought better of it.

Adobe also sponsored a big bash at their offices in San Francisco and Mike Chambers has posted a video of the celebration, including the opening remarks from Kevin Lynch and a funny (of course) Strongbad homage to Flash. This one is a little shaky as you'd expect, having been shot with a run-of-the-mill video camera, but still fun. Here's hoping the original Strongbad movie finds its way on-line somewhere.

So, happy birthday Flash! If you want some perspective on where the application started and where it may be going, as well as the people behind the program, and those who've been infuential in its development, those three resources are a great place to start.

Category tags: Flash