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I am running flash mx 2004 pro.
I am trying to open a .fla's that were created in flash 5.

I keep getting the'unexpected file format' error message.

can anyone tell me why this should be?


thankx
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As far as I know this should only happen when you are importing a file that is later than the Flash that is installed, and it contains functionality that the installed Flash doesn't have.

But that clearly isn't the case; could it be that the files have been corrupted - and can you test them on a different computer or version of Flash?
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these files have been posted on a yahoo groups site and the moderator assures me that they all work fine.
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Well, fine in flash 5 at least.
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As I said though, I haven't known an older file not to import okay, they are normally okay for backwards compatibility.  Can you get someone to convert it to a later Flash version (ie Flash MX), maybe you could import it then?
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Hmm, a lot of effort. Is it worth re-installing my software?
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> Is it worth re-installing my software?

To be honest, I don't see what difference that would make, unless you have other problems with the software...

If there isn't another way, I guess a slightly odd suggestion (at least if you have the SWF files) would be to try using a Flash decompiler (eg http://www.sothink.com/flashdecompiler/ - think this works twice on trial) on it, and reconstruct it in your version of Flash!
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I have sothink FD.

Just seems a lot of effort.

Thanks for your suggestions Muso. I'll see if I can dig out my old copy of Flash 5

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> Just seems a lot of effort.

Yeah, it was a bit of a long-winded solution i guess ;-)
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