How do I change text in a Flash (FLA, SWF) file?

Posted on 2014-02-13
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The boss threw me a new one today:  Take this site somebody 2 developers ago created, set it on a new server, and change the contact info.

Cool ... except, it's in Flash.  I have both the SWF and the FLA files.

I don't have a budget for Adobe CS5.  All I need to change is a stupid phone number!

What can I use to edit the FLA and recompile the SWF?  Or is that even the right approach?  I downloaded FlashDevelop, but then read it won't open FLA files.

Question by:Daniel Wilson
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You can;t directly edit the swf - you can only edit the fla, which is the source document.

If you only want to edit this one fla, then you're in luck - Adobe do free 30 day trials of Flash. Have a look at http://www.adobe.com/uk/downloads/.html

If you download Flash, and then find that the fla is beyond your abilities / experience with Flash, or you don't want to spend time learning Flash, the other (low cost) option is to post a project on a freelancing service such as elance.com or peopleperhour.com (there are other sites too). You'll find bids from Asian or Eastern European countries can be very affordable.
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by:Daniel Wilson
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Thanks, Quizengine.  I'll do a trial installation.

Is Flash Professional CC the tool I need?
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That's the most recent version of Flash, BUT they took out a very important feature - the ability to code in actionscript 2.

In my experience, a lot of older site templates built in Flash were written in AS2.

So you might need a trial version of Flash CS6 which is the previous version of Flash, and does still do AS2.

I know that subscribers to Creative Cloud do get to download CS6 as part of their membership, so if you can't find a direct download for a trial of CS6, try reading this...

(here's hoping that they don't exclude this from trial versions of Creative Cloud)

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