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Macromedia FlashPaper, previously known as Flash Printer, is a software-based virtual printer that was marketed by Macromedia. It was positioned as a competitor to Adobe Acrobat's PDF format through the use of Flash SWF files as an alternative document format.

Product history[]

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Flash Printer was originally developed by Blue Pacific Software. After the software was acquired by Macromedia,[1] FlashPaper was initially bundled with Macromedia Contribute 2 and supported Macromedia Flash Player 6 or later.[2] FlashPaper 2 was included with Contribute 3, Macromedia Studio 8, and Adobe Web Bundle.[3][4]

Macromedia FlashPaper Printer icon


Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia in December 2005 and announced in 2008 that development on FlashPaper was being discontinued.[5][6] Blue Pacific then released Print2Flash as a substitute product.[7] Support from Adobe for FlashPaper users ended on August 1, 2011.[8]


  1. Flash Printer, Blue Pacific Software. Archived 2004-12-12.
  2. Macromedia Contribute 2 product overview, Macromedia. 2003-08-12.
  3. Macromedia Contribute 3 key features, Macromedia. 2004-07-20,
  4. Adobe Web Bundle, Adobe Systems. Archived 2005-12-07.
  5. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.
  6. FlashPaper from Adobe (end of development), Adobe Systems. Archived 2008-09-06.
  7. What is Print2Flash?, Blue Pacific Software. Archived 2008-08-28.
  8. FlashPaper Support Center, Adobe Systems. Archived 2011-08-03.

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