Adobe Creative Cloud

The Future of Adobe Contribute, Director and Shockwave

As customers embrace the new features and efficiencies offered by Creative Cloud, we will no longer be selling and supporting Adobe Director and Contribute, which was last released in 2012.  Sale of Adobe Director and Contribute will stop on February 1, 2017.   We will also stop ongoing updates and support for Adobe Shockwave on Mac devices on March 14th after the last release of the product. 

We appreciate the trust and support of Adobe Director, Contribute and Shockwave customers through the years, and look forward to providing our customers with the best user experience, technology and support through Adobe Creative Cloud. 

If you have any questions, please contact your Adobe partner or reach out to our Customer Support Team


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  • By Karl - 1:34 PM on January 27, 2017  

    Could you please release the Director file format spec to help current users migrate away from Director? And maybe delivering the Flash XML file format spec that was promised years ago? If I had that, I could move most of my Director projects into Flash.

  • By Chuck Wyatt - 7:56 AM on January 29, 2017  

    Is this considered to be a reasonable amount of notice?

  • By Raman - 3:20 PM on January 29, 2017  

    Director lasted a long time. Many people still find it the best rapid prototyping tool out there today. Unfortunately, Adobe never did anything with it other than let it wither on the vine.

    Director was an amazing tool. I’ll be using it for prototypes for as long as it keeps running. 🙂

  • By Tony Tamb - 4:23 AM on January 30, 2017  

    Oh no! I am very disappointed. 🙁 Always had the hope that this amazing tool will be brought to the next level. It’s already great.

    I am sure there were lots of features already implemented we haven’t even seen as the left over Director team have been working on a new release for quite some time and obviously somebody up in Adobe decided to pull the plug.

    Can ADOBE not at least release the beta version of D13 or whatever codename thy had it on while working on?

    I’d like to hope that this is NOT the final word on Director. Maybe they do sth similar like FLASH, i.e. release ANIMATE or a follow up version of Director called APPMAKER (i know not a great name 😉 or something like that.

  • By Kevin Christopher - 9:20 AM on January 30, 2017  

    OK 4 days notice is really not fair.Does that mean my licence will stay perpetual or is just going to stop working. What if any should we replace this with. I literally have 100’s of museum kiosks running director projectors some made last month. As well as other database driven applications and games. Give us some way to get out of the trap.


    • By Fred Stevens - 12:39 PM on February 20, 2017  

      This just means they won’t sell it anymore. It won’t affect the software you already purchased and are using – it’ll continue to work as long as you have it installed on a computer/operating system that supports it. (Probably a good idea to make a backup of the installer, though, since with them no longer selling, they won’t provide any replacement DVDs or downloads either.)

  • By Wayne Smith - 1:12 PM on January 30, 2017  

    Please at least remove the license check and release it as “open source”?

  • By Mal - 10:00 AM on January 31, 2017  

    Please give out a free license for it ( same as DirMX 2004 ), to ensure that this cool tool is still available for enthusiasts.

  • By willy whip - 4:36 AM on February 1, 2017  

    It should be fair to give the source code to the lingo community.

    Adobe did Nothing good with director except minor updates since they bought it.
    Please free the code… it could be your first good and final decision about it.

  • By Tom Higgins - 1:47 AM on February 5, 2017  

    I’m a bit late in reading this, and this news weighs heavy on my heart and soul. I know nothing lasts forever and for many years we’ve expected this to happen, but I still feel… crushed. I poured nearly a decade of my life into Director and the Shockwave Player and during that time not only did I learn a ton about the world of software development, but I also met some incredible people and I could never offer enough thanks for the experience I was blessed with having. To Ed and Bob, the guys that hired me in tech support waaaaaaay back when, you did me a favor like you never could have imagined.

    “Macromedia technical support, this is Tom, can I get your serial number please?”

    I am the Lingo Junkie. RIP Director.

    • By Raman - 2:49 PM on February 5, 2017  

      Thanks for all the years Tom!

  • By Lucas S. - 11:23 AM on February 15, 2017  

    Adobe destroyed Macromedia Director. They never knew what to do with it.

  • By Luis - 1:37 AM on February 20, 2017  

    Adobe continue the Macromedia policy in respect to Director, investing in Flash and forgetting Director. I’ve worked with Director since version 4 and it was an amazing tool. A unique tool to support the distinct genres of multimedia work (games, interactive installations, multimedia performances, apps and tools, web sites, animation with 2D and 3D support). Until the year 2000 Director was top priority to Macromedia…. then…. Flash became the hot topic… some of the Director features were removed to be placed inside Flash because Director could read Flash. There was a version of Director with a Java exporter to be used in the web or who knows in mobile devices…
    Many users of Director and authorware moved to Flash, MaxMsp and Unity.

  • By Rich - 12:46 PM on February 21, 2017  

    “Designer. Photographer. Filmmaker. Dreamer. No matter who you are, Creative Cloud gives you the world’s best creative apps so you can make just about anything you want…..”

    Apart from Director projectors…

  • By Sandro - 10:36 AM on February 22, 2017  

    Ve lo scrivo in italiano perché sia più chiaro: Cara Adobe, negli anni avete comperato e distrutto Freehand, Pagemaker, Golive, SoundEdit 16, Extreme 3D e Director. Perche mai dovrei sovvenzionarvi con la boiata del noleggio?

  • By Miochel - 5:35 AM on February 23, 2017  

    Quel tristesse d’arrêter ce programme, 17 de travail avec Director.

    Aujourd’hui il faudrait le rendre open source pour qu’il puisse continuer à vivre, que l’on puisse exporter en html 5

  • By Shaun - 11:04 AM on February 23, 2017  

    So can someone please tell us what is the direct replacement for Director? What application in the creative cloud can we export cross platform projectors from please?

  • By Shaun - 11:04 AM on February 23, 2017  

    What application in the creative cloud can we export cross platform projectors from please?