Considering how long I personally have been developing using Macromedia products – 10 years as of this post, and taking into account the fact that they are now wholely Adobe. I thought that for prosperity I would create a page in homage to these little graphical indicators that are oh so often overlooked. As you can see the style branding and overall execution of the graphical treatments has changed considerably since their first outings.
All the dates are as close as I can remember – please feel free to correct me if they are off. I’m also not sure if there is a complete set or if I am missing any – I do know there was a blue backed Flash button similar to the 1997-1999 one but with the Flash 2/3 logo on it, this may just be a bootleg.
Circa 1997 – 1999
Yes you read the button correctly – there was once a Shockwave Freehand plugin for rich illustrations through your browser! Obviously Flash put paid to that plugin very quickly :P If you want to read more on the subject check out these links:
Circa 1999 – 2002
Circa 2002 – 2004
Circa 2004 – 2006