Gabocorp – Web Goes Interactive

Hot on the heels of my post about the first website ever and my thoughts about “hump” day comes another cogitation: Gabocorp.

Gabocorp simply raised the bar (if not smashed it altogether) in regards to interactivity on the web.  1997 was the year where people first got a taste of what, at the time, FutureWave Software and their new product FutureSplash, could do.  We now know it as “Flash” (Future + Splash = Flash).  Macromedia was born (and then acquired by Adobe in 2005) and the world wide web experience was never the same.

And neither was my technology career.  The web (and my future) was static.  Now, it was alive.

It was the “equivalent of TV going colour” said Rob Ford, founder and principal of Favourite Website Awards.

“Gabocorp made us realise we could now make things move, add sound and generally be far more creative than the days of blue hypertext links that turned purple on-click. Animated GIFs took a body blow while lake applets took the knockout punch. Gabo Medoza, for me, is a true web pioneer: we all owe his creativity and vision for where we are today.”

At the time I was coding in html and learning BASIC and beginning to dabble in OO programming.  When flash arrived into my sweaty-teenager hands I ate that junk up.  That entire summer of 1997 was the summer of Flash.  I did little else (besides playing Final Fantasy 7, which probably ate up 1,000 or so hours of my life?).

Within a year I was “proficient”.  So proficient that I was a top-ranked user on the Flash forums and had become a well-respected Actionscript coder.  Gone were the days of boring <body> and <html> tags… In were animated menus, sounds galore, and interactivity to die for.

It was obvious that I was “proficient” enough to land a Fortune 50/DOW 30 company job as a teenager, doing web development and doing alpha mockups for futurestate verticals.  My web career was born.

So, thank you Gabocorp.  I no longer develop in Flash, which I do not consider a loss; I simply can’t keep up with the new versions, new coding architecture, and new feature sets.

But I pass the baton to those that can.


John Saddington

I am the CEO of 8BIT and a Full Time Entrepreneur/a>. I like what I do.

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