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SmartSketch was an early vector-based graphics application from FutureWave Software that eventually evolved into Flash.

Product history[]

Prior to working on SmartSketch, Jonathan Gay had developed another vector graphics program, IntelliDraw, at Silicon Beach Software.[1][2] Silicon Beach was acquired by Aldus Corporation in 1990.[3] Gay left Silicon Beach with co-founder Charlie Jackson to establish FutureWave in 1993.[4][5][6][7]

Gay convinced Jackson to invest in a graphics application that would become SmartSketch for PenPoint OS to run on graphics tablets designed by GO Corporation. After AT&T Corporation acquired the rights to the EO Personal Communicator tablets only to discontinue it, Gay and Jackson discovered that they no longer had a viable market for SmartSketch and retooled it to be able to output animated content that could be played back from any web browser. This product became FutureSplash Animator.[7][8]

FutureWave and its software were acquired by Macromedia in January 1997. FutureSplash then became known as Macromedia Flash.[9]


  1. Executive Bios, Macromedia. Archived 2004-06-04.
  2. Creating Flash: SmartSketch by Chris Kaplan, Paul Milbourne, Michael Boucher, The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 with ActionScript p.5-7. 2009-04-23.
  3. Aldus Corporation History, Funding Universe. Accessed 2019-11-22.
  4. FutureWave Software, Crunchbase. Accessed 2019-11-14.
  5. How A Goal-Oriented Bootstrapper Who Mortgaged His House Ended Up Fathering Flash by Andrew Warner, Mixergy. 2012-08-31.
  6. Showcase: The History of Flash, p.2 by Jonathan Gay, Macromedia. Archived 2006-01-14.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Showcase: The History of Flash, p.3 by Jonathan Gay, Macromedia. Archived 2006-01-14.
  8. Showcase: The History of Flash, p.4 by Jonathan Gay, Macromedia. Archived 2006-01-14.
  9. Macromedia Rides the FutureWave by Kristi Coale, Wired. 1997-01-06.

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