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We do maintenance on a lot of web sites we inherit from other developers.

Often, there is a need to change something in the Flash file(s).

Normally, only the swf files are located on the web server. To get the .fla file requires the cooperation of the prior developer, not always easy for the obvious reasons. In some cases, we have had to rebuild the fla from scratch.

Is there any downside to including the .fla file(s) on the web server as well so the next developer can easily get at them?

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Question by:Richard Korts
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It's pretty friendly to leave them for the next developer.

If you do, be sure they are in a secured directory.    

You could also leave them with the owner of the website (on some sort of media) to pass along to new developers.

FYI, i've used this handy tool a few times over the years,

http://www.sothink.com/product/flashdecompiler/
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Not really. (any downside)

Firstly, the .fla (flash source file) can't be run from a webpage. If someone learned / deduced the fla filename / folder location all that would happen is they would download the fla, and 99.9% of the Internet population wouldn't know what a .fla file was, or have the software installed (Flash Professional IDE) to be able to open the fla.

Secondly, if you were concerned that your Flash source files were being open to being ripped off / copied by the .01% of people who can edit fla files, you can take some simple precautions. Namely 1) you could place your fla file in a different folder to the swf, 2) you could make sure that the filename of the swf and the fla were different (File>Publish settings>swf filename, or 3) both.

Please ask if any of this needs clarification or further examples.
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by:Richard Korts
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I didn't know that decompile tool existed. We will DEFINITELY use it in this case.

Thanks!
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