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What is difference between Shockwave Player and Flash Player?

Dec 24, 2010 7:39 AM

Can anybody tell the difference?


Seems Adobe has many Web Players.

Why they wants to confuse their users when they could have various types (plug-in, standalone, debug) of single player which has it all.

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    Dec 24, 2010 6:59 PM   in reply to FlashPlayerStruggler

    Shockwave Player: see


    Flash Player: see


    The standard installation for most users is the browser add-on to view web content.


    To view local content you will need the standalone player.


    Developers will need the debug player to debug their content.

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    Nov 24, 2011 9:38 AM   in reply to FlashPlayerStruggler

    Not that it totally clarifies the case, but here's what the resource over here tells:


    Flash and Shockwave Players are both free Web Players from Adobe. Together, they bring you the best rich media content on the Internet. Each has a distinct purpose. Flash Player delivers fast loading front-end Web applications, high-impact Web site user interaction, interactive online advertising, and short to medium form animation. Shockwave Player displays destination Web content such as interactive multimedia product demos and training, e-merchandising applications, and rich-media multiuser games. When you download Shockwave Player, it automatically includes Adobe Flash Player.

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