What is Flash Animation (SWF files)?

Flash animation can be used to add moving elements and sound to a web site. It is also often used for simple welcome/intro movies. The main advantage of Flash is that there is a lot more scope for creativity - it can be good for creating an impact. The main disadvantage is that it increases loading time of the web page.

Macromedia Flash or Flash refers to both a multimedia authoring program and the Macromedia Flash Player, written and distributed by Macromedia, that utilizes vector and bitmap graphics, sound and program code and bidirectional streaming video and audio. Strictly speaking, Macromedia Flash is the authoring environment and Flash Player is the virtual machine application used to run the Flash files (SWF files), but in colloquial language these have become mixed: "Flash" can mean either the authoring environment, the player or the application files.

The Flash files, which usually have an SWF file extension, may appear in a web page for viewing in a web browser, or standalone Flash players may "play" them. Flash files occur most often in animations on web pages and rich-media web sites, and more recently Rich Internet Applications. They are also widely used in web advertisements.

How do I save Flash (SWF files)?

Internet Explorer doesn't allow you to save Flash animation to your hard disk directly. But it does save it in its cache every time you view a Flash movie on a web page. Flash Saving Plugin will solve this problem for you!

How do I play SWF files (which SWF player to use)?

You can play SWF files with Internet Explorer, but if you don't want to bother yourself with "file association configuration" use SWF Opener - swf files player! SWF Opener lets you control playback, set scale modes, change background color and go fullscreen.

How do I install Macromedia Flash (SWF) Player (plugin)?

Click here, then follow the simple steps that follow. You must be using a 68K Macintosh or a PC with Windows 95 or later, and you must have Netscape Navigator 3.0, Internet Explorer 4.01, or America Online 4.0 or later as a browser. For complete information about computer and browser requirements, click here.

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