Adobe LiveMotion, shares the fate of Microsoft Liquid Motion.

Both applications were quoted as ‘Flash Killer’ various times.

Now, Microsoft will have a new ‘Flash Killer’ code named ‘Sparkle’ with LongHorn, it is reported. But this is clearly 2-3 years away.

On January 4, 2000, there were rumours of the Adobe’s “Flash Killer”.

On February 9, 2000 during keynote address at Seybold Boston, Adobe offered a peek at LiveMotion, the company’s new Web animation tool, the long-rumored Macromedia Flash “killer.” [source]

Microsoft discontinued Liquid Motion on January 26, 2000. (LM 1 was first released as a public beta early May 1998, around the same time Macromedia had the public beta of Flash 3).

LiveMotion 1.0 was released on May 22, 2000. [more]

LiveMotion 2.0 was released on January 7, 2002. [more]

Quoted from LiveMotion site (today):
“Adobe® LiveMotion® software is an essential tool for professional Web designers and developers who need to create dynamic, interactive content in a variety of formats, including Macromedia® Flash™ (SWF) and QuickTime.” This writes just above the ‘discontinuation’ announcement!

Adobe will discontinue LiveMotion 2.0 effective November 15, 2003.

If you are a developer planning a ‘Flash Killer’ application, make sure you don’t have ‘motion‘ in the name. It certainly won’t do any good.

And rather than a ‘Flash Killer’ application, a ‘Killer Flash’ application might be a wiser choice, if you ask me.

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6 Responses to DeadMotion

  1. lol, nice summary : ). Another case of motion sickness. I never really ‘got’ Live Motion, it was trying to squeeze out an established player by offering fewer features. I’ve been looking at Avalon etc a lot recently, it seems pretty nice, but there is a lot of miles between a reasonably featured spec and a great tool for creating multimedia. Svg knows all about that. That and the $100.00+ ‘plugin’ fits on 2 dvd’s (or perhaps a single holoCube by the time it ships!). Still, something to watch for.
    Great to see your writing here…

  2. Rostik says:

    Also, my friend told me, that Adobe buys CoolEdit which is not so bad sound editor. But I believe Flash will survive. Flash is strong enough to be alive. [Loudly]: “and forever” %)

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  4. Dominick says:

    haa! this was so refreshing.. thanks!

  5. Also see:
    It seems 2 years after LiveMotion, Adobe will have the real thing.