The Action Script programming language allows the development of interactive animations, video games, web applications, desktop applications and mobile applications.
3D frameworks like Away3D and Flare3D simplified creation of 3D content for Flash.
Adobe AIR allows creation of Flash-based mobile games, which may be published to the Google Play and i Tunes app stores.
Popular games developed with Flash include Angry Birds, Clash of Clans, Farm Ville, Adventure Quest and Machinarium.
Adobe introduced various technologies to help build video games, including Adobe AIR (to release games for desktop or mobile platforms), Adobe Scout (to improve performance), Cross Bridge (to convert C -based games to run in Flash), and Stage3D (to support GPU-accelerated video games).
Future Splash Animator was an animation tool originally developed for pen-based computing devices, but due to the small size of the Future Splash Viewer, it was particularly suited for download over the Web.
Macromedia distributed Flash Player as a free browser plugin in order to quickly gain market share.
Actionscript 2.0 was released with Flash MX 2004 and supported object-oriented programming, improved UI components, and other advanced programming features.
The last version of Flash released by Macromedia was Flash 8, which focused on graphical upgrades such as filters (blur, drop shadow, etc.), blend modes (similar to Adobe Photoshop), and advanced features for FLV video.
Flash is also used to build interfaces and HUDs for 3D video games using Scaleform GFx, a technology that renders Flash content within non-Flash video games.
Scaleform is supported by more than 10 major video game engines including Unreal Engine, UDK, Cry Engine and Phyre Engine, and has been used to provide 3D interfaces for more than 150 major video game titles since its launch in 2003.
Several popular online series are currently produced in Flash, such as the Emmy Award-winning Off-Mikes, produced by ESPN and Animax Entertainment; Gotham Girls, produced by Warner Brothers; Crime Time, produced by Future Thought Productions and Homestar Runner produced by Mike and Matt Chapman.