Adobe Shockwave Player is a multimedia platform used to add animation and interactivity to web pages. It allows Adobe Director applications to be published on the Internet and viewed in a web browser on any computer which has the Shockwave plug-in installed. Shockwave Player is free, easy to get, and available to everyone on the web.
Although Shockwave is the web standard for powerful multimedia playback, such as online movies and animations, but it is also widely used in game development. Shockwave is also used in online applications which require a very rich graphical environment such as business presentations, entertainment, and advertisements from your web browser.
Online Learning tools which simulate real-world physics or involve significant graphing, charting, or calculation sometimes use Shockwave.
Shockwave Player may come pre-installed with some Internet browsers. Sometimes, damage to the Shockwave Player that came pre-installed with your browser may prevent you from upgrading to the latest version of Shockwave Player. You can resolve most problems with Adobe Shockwave Players by:
The two movies show how to determine if you have Flash and Shockwave Players installed. The version numbers of both Players are displayed in the test movie. To find out what the current version of the Shockwave Player is, check the Shockwave download page.