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Remember how great Adobe Flash used to be? Meet the guys who invented it in 1993

Updated 4 years ago

Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was going “thermonuclear war” on Adobe’s Flash platform long before he set his sights on Android. In fact, he even penned a lengthy public letter about how awful Flash was for mobile devices. In this case Jobs won, and Adobe announced late last year that it would cease development on Flash for mobile devices. On top of that, newer online video technologies are currently in the process of muscling the aging technology off the Web. Though there is certainly a stigma attached to Flash, this wasn’t always the case, and event registration platform maker Attendly on Tuesday published a quick retrospective piece on Adobe’s Flash platform on its blog. From a simple illustration program created by Jonathan Gay and Robert Tatsumi for stylus-driven tablets called SmartSketch, to the Macromedia acquisition in 1996, and on to 2005 when the torch was passed to Adobe, it’s a nice quick look at Flash that will bring a tear to nostalgic techies’ eyes.


Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.