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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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