FutureWave Software

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FutureWave Software
Fate Acquired by Macromedia
Founded January 1993; 25 years ago (1993-01)
Founder Charlie Jackson
Jonathan Gay
Michelle Welsh
Defunct December 1996 (1996-12)
Headquarters San Diego, California, U.S.
Area served
United States

FutureWave Software is a software development company based in San Diego, California. The company was founded by Charlie Jackson, Jonathan Gay, Daniel Escobar, 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 Microsoft Windows and Macintosh platforms.[6]

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.[7][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.[7]


  1. ^ The History of Flash: Back to Graphics Archived 2015-01-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d Grandmasters of Flash: An Interview with the Creators of Flash, Cold Hard Flash
  3. ^ MACROMEDIA FLASH BACK, Digital Archaeology
  4. ^ PC Graphics & Video, Volume 6, Issues 1-6, Advanstar Communications, 1997
  5. ^ Personal Computer Magazine, PC Communications Corporation, 1995
  6. ^ Chris Kaplan; Paul Milbourne; Michael Boucher (10 March 2009). The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 with ActionScript. Apress. pp. 6–. ISBN 978-1-4302-1812-8. 
  7. ^ a b "Macromedia - Showcase : The Dawn of Web Animation". Adobe. Archived from the original on 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2016-09-04.