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I inherited a SWF file with no source code, just the SWF file. I have paid versions of Sothink SWF Decompiler 7 and Adobe Flash Builder 4.6.

I can open the SWF file and see all the code. I can even find the place where the code is broken and think I know how to fix it. Sothink supposedly can edit the files right there but the edit button is always greyed out. The save as... works but just makes a copy of the broken SWF file. I've tried exporting as FLEX and as FLA and exporting the resources all into a folder but I get errors in Flash Builder when I try to open the files.

Anyone have experience doing anything like this and can tell me what I am missing?
Thanks.
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You have to export first to FLA or Flex project than editing code.
The problem what ever SWF Decompiler 7 showing in the editor may not work after exporting and compiling from IDE. So, SWF Decompiler 7 I can ONLY for checking business logic in the code.
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Exporting as FLA doesn't work right. I can't even open the FLA in Adobe Flash builder without it saying "Windows cannot find Flash."

When I export it as FLEX, I have to export the resources (including .as) separately. I think I figured out where to put them but it doesn't compile. Do you know of anything that decompiles into working code? I managed to make enough changes to get it to compile (a lot of ambiguous calls) but I must have picked the wrong one in a few key places because it still isn't running correctly.
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Again decompiler to FLA working only in 10% of use cases. You have to create new project and copy some logic into your new files.
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by:TommySzalapski
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Okay. I have started doing it that way. I created a new Flex project, gave it the same name, and copied all the resources over from the decompiled one (mostly all .as and .mxml files).

I worked through the compile errors and think I fixed all the ambiguities and errors, but now it still isn't running. It comes up to the main screen but just goes white when I try to do anything that is supposed to change to another screen. I'll mess around with it some more and see if I can fix it or at least come up with a sensible question to ask.
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by:TommySzalapski
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Oh well. Was hoping for the lazy man's solution. I guess I have to do some work myself :)
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