Macromedia FlashPaper 2 logo

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 historyEdit

Flash Printer logo

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.

External linksEdit

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Macromedia Studio 8
Dreamweaver 8 · Flash Professional 8 · Fireworks 8 · Contribute 3 · FlashPaper 2
Adobe Bundles: Design Bundle · Video Bundle · Web Bundle
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