FlashPaper (originally known as Flash Printer) was a software application developed by Blue Pacific Software before its acquisition by Macromedia,[1] which was later acquired by Adobe Systems. Its functional design mimics Adobe Acrobat Distiller to behave as a virtual printer. Documents printed to FlashPaper can be printed as Adobe Flash or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Macromedia FlashPaper
Developer(s)Adobe Systems (formerly Macromedia and Blue Pacific Software)
Final release
2.02.2302.0 / October 19, 2005 (2005-10-19)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X
Available inEnglish
TypeMultimedia Content Creator

Adobe announced it was discontinuing development of FlashPaper on September 4, 2008.[2] The company states that "the demand [for FlashPaper] has continually declined to where it is no longer economically viable for Adobe to continue development support for FlashPaper" but noted that it would continue selling and supporting the existing version of FlashPaper.[3] It was last included in Macromedia Studio 8, and was available for a time as a standalone product from Adobe. FlashPaper files can be also generated by ColdFusion web applications.


  1. "Flash Printer product information and acquisition by Macromedia / Adobe". Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  2. Butcher, Mike (September 4, 2008). "Document startups in chaos as Adobe's Flashpaper discontinues". Tech Crunch. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  3. "FlashPaper 2 FAQ". Adobe Systems. Retrieved September 1, 2009.

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