From Adobe Systems:
Revamped to deliver incredible multimedia experiences on the Internet. Playback is faster and more stable, thanks to optimized event processing, smart media streaming, and faster startup. Shockwave downloads quickly and updates automatically, providing easy access to rich multimedia Web experiences regardless of connection speed. With over thirty million successful downloads to date, Shockwave is the de facto standard for interactive Web multimedia. Inclusion of the player in Microsoft Windows 98, MacOS 8.5, and AOL 4 gives Shockwave the greatest reach of any interactive multimedia playback technology, creating the infrastructure for an unprecedented diversity of entertainment and educational programming. Shockwave delivers high performance, new effects and, with auto-updating, the guarantee that Web audiences will always be able to view the latest multimedia.