FutureWave Software

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FutureWave Software was a software development company based in San Diego, California. The company was founded by Charlie Jackson, Jonathan Gay, and Michelle Welsh in early 1993.[1] VP of Marketing was Michelle Welsh who also came from Silicon Beach Software, then Aldus.[2][3][4][5]

The company's first product was SmartSketch, a drawing program for the PenPoint OS and EO tablet computer. When Pen computing did not take off, SmartSketch was ported to the Windows and Macintosh platforms.[1]

As the Internet became more popular, FutureWave realized the potential for a vector-based web animation tool that might challenge Macromedia Shockwave technology.[2] In 1995, FutureWave modified SmartSketch by adding frame-by-frame animation features and re-released it as FutureSplash Animator on Macintosh and PC.[6][2] By that time, the company had added a second programmer Robert Tatsumi, artist Adam Grofcsik, and PR specialist Ralph Mittman.[2]

In December 1996, FutureWave was acquired by Macromedia, who renamed the animation editor Macromedia Flash.[6]

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