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Posted on 2006-11-11
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A developer quit and I got dumped a ton of 'swf' and 'fla' files.  I have no idea what they do or how to open/view these things.  

I downloaded adobe flash player and adobe shockwave, but the files still appear un registered with any application.

Im starting at square 1.  I don't know much about flash.   These things appear to be binary files, I need to figure out what the developer was doing and finish his project.

How do I work with these things?  How should I get started?
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FLAs are Flash Source Files.

SWFs are the 'compiled' versions of the corresponding FLA files.

You will need 'Macromedia Flash' IDE installed in ur machine to open FLA files. You can download a 30 day trial version in here: http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/flashpro/. The current version is Macromedia Flash 8.

Though you have download adobe Flash player, right now, all you'll have is a plugin / activeX control for your browser. So if u need to see whats in a SWF, try opening them with the browser.

When you install the Flash IDE, You will get a standalone Flash player with it, which will help u open a SWF without a browser.

Install Flash 8, and start reading the help docs in the help menu. That should  get you started.

good luck!

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