Flash’s twenty year roller coaster ride began as a simple sketching programs for pen computers. Today, Adobe’s Flash is currently the dominant platform for the next generation of interactive web tools such as HTML5.
Flash was designed by Jonathan Gay, an engineer who helped develop the Apple II software. In 1993, Gay began Future Wave Software with a simple business model: dominate the computer pen market. After the company’s quick demise in 1994, the self-driven entrepreneur finally turned to Windows and McIntosh. His tactic paid off with Mac’s and PC’s existing graphics editor’s making for a symbiotic fit. Soon after that, Adobe Flash forayed into animation where it proved itself to be the platform of choice for Animation graphics applications.