Macromedia Generator J box

Generator 1 (Japanese version)

Macromedia Generator was a server-side application that was developed by Macromedia to automatically generate graphics from Flash-based templates.

Product historyEdit

Originally named Flash Generator, the program ran on JRun and used Macromedia Flash 3 files as templates. Flash Generator entered into public beta testing in May 1998.[1] Once automated, it could build on the templates with provided data to generate animated GIFs, JPEGs, PNGs, QuickTime movies, and Flash files for Macintosh or Windows computers.[2] It also supported building charts.[3]

Macromedia Generator 2 box

Generator 2

Macromedia Generator 2 was released in September 2000 and supported Flash 4-based files. The Enterprise Edition initially had a street price of US$30,000,[4] but was repriced to $2,999 on April 10, 2001. The Developer Edition was priced at $999 per server.[5] It also worked with Flash 5 and was included as part of Macromedia Flash 5 Generator Studio.[2][6]


Macromedia discontinued sales of Generator 2 on December 31, 2002. Support for Generator ended in June 2003; the last update was version 2.6.[7]

Macromedia sought to migrate users to Macromedia Flash MX,[7] but Generator was discontinued without support for Flash MX.[2] Developers found an alternative through JGenerator, an open-source Java application from JZox which offered similar functionality with support for Flash MX.[8][9] On December 11, 2003, Macromedia signed a licensing agreement with JZox, which no longer sells JGenerator.[9][10]


  1. Macromedia Releases Flash Generator beta by Scott Clark, Internet News. 1998-05-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 What is Macromedia Generator?, Macromedia Flash Enabled. Flash Design and Development for Devices by Christian Cantrell et. al. ISBN: 735711771. 2002-05-17.
  3. Went to a Macromedia Generator by Jason Kottke. 1999-11-09.
  4. Macromedia Generator 2 Enterprise Edition by Jay Munro, PC Magazine UK. 2000-09-19.
  5. Macromedia Generator FAQ, Macromedia. 2001-04-13.
  6. Macromedia Flash 5.0 and Generator 2.0 by Judy Qiu, Indiana University Bloomington. 2002-01-30.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Macromedia Generator FAQ, Macromedia. 2003-06-21.
  8. What is JGenerator?, Macromedia Flash Enabled. Flash Design and Development for Devices by Christian Cantrell et. al. ISBN: 735711771. 2002-05-17.
  9. 9.0 9.1 JGenerator with Flash MX, JZox. Archived 2004-04-14.
  10. Macromedia Generator by oshats, Experts Exchange. 2006-04-13.

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