Anatomical Atlas of Flies

You will no longer be able to access the Atlas over the internet.

The Anatomical Atlas of Flies was an interactive and educational tool developed in the early 2000s using Macromedia Flash. It relied on the Flash browser plug-in in order to work over the internet. Since that time a lot has changed.

Macromedia was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005. Adobe continued to support the Flash plug-in and ActionScript, the programming language used to develop the Atlas, for many years. Then in 2010 Apple started to remove the plug-in from its mobile devices. Gradually the plug-in lost more and more favour with developers and in 2017 Adobe announced it would be withdrawing all support for Flash on 31st December 2020.

We have been looking at a possible solution. It involves enabling a standalone copy of the Atlas that can be downloaded to a local computer and then used as normal. We are pursuing legal advice on this and will not know the outcome until the process has played out. If the process is successful, we will place the relevant links here on this website. If not, then we will eventually dismantle the website and archive it.

In the meantime thank you for supporting the Atlas over the years and for the positive feedback we have received from users.

Production Team Anne Hastings, David Yeates and Joanna Hamilton (CSIRO Entomology).
The 'Atlas' was made with Macromedia Flash, Adobe Photoshop and a high resolution digital camera mounted on a stereo microscope. The Anatomical Atlas is a collaboration between CSIRO and ABRS. It is part of an ABRS-funded identification key to fly families of Australia and US NSF-funded research into the evolutionary history of flies.

Authors Yeates D. K., Hastings A., Hamilton J. R., Colless D. H., Lambkin C. L. (CSIRO Entomology); Bickel D., and McAlpine D. K., (Australian Museum); Schneider M. A., and Daniels G. (University of Queensland); Cranston P.(University of California Davis, USA).

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