Who is Jonathan Gay?
Jonathan Gay is chief technology officer for Macromedia. In this
role, he is responsible for helping the teams across Macromedia develop
and invest in new technologies that will enable Macromedia customers to
build next generation experiences on the Internet.
formerly the vice president of technology and helped define the Flash
technology agenda as well as leading engineering groups developing new
technologies around Flash including video, Flash Communication Server
and Breeze Live.
Prior to Macromedia, Gay founded FutureWave
Software in 1993, where he created the software that eventually became
Macromedia Flash and continued to lead the product through its early
development at Macromedia.
At FutureWave, Gay led the
development of the SmartSketch drawing software. SmartSketch evolved
into a web animation product called FutureSplash Animator, released in
1996, which became Macromedia Flash 1.0 after it was acquired. Gay
started his programming career building the Macintosh computer games
Airborne!, Dark Castle, and Beyond Dark Castle. They were the first Mac
games with digitized sound. Dark Castle was the first Macintosh game
for which a professional artist created the animation. He also led
development of Aldus Intellidraw, an illustration program for Macintosh
Gay graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in engineering.
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