- For Shockwave Flash, see SWF.
Shockwave is a platform and format for multimedia applications, video games, etc. It was owned by Macromedia during most of its formative years, and is now owned by Adobe. It has many names, most of which involve permutations of the words "Macromedia", "Adobe", "Shockwave", and "Director". Director is the application usually used to develop it. It is distinct from SWF (Flash).
Shockwave also has a plugin system called "xtras" which may complicate the correct interpretation of some files in the future.
This format has three related extensions: DIR is uncompressed, DCR is compressed, and DXR is encrypted.
- Wikipedia:Adobe Shockwave
- Wikipedia:Adobe Director
- Wikipedia:Adobe Shockwave Player
- Xtras installed with Adobe Shockwave Player - Adobe's list of default extras installed with shockwave
- Schockabsorber - Has some very rudimentary reverse engineering of the Director format.
- Adobe Shockwave - A case study on memory disclosure - This contains some useful specifics on the format, specifically for the purposes of building a security exploit.
The PRONOM database claims that the PC version of Director creates files that begin with "RIFX" (i.e. big-endian), and the Macintosh version creates files that begin with "XFIR" (little-endian). This seems backwards. Either PRONOM is wrong, or something else is going on here.