Open swf file

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What is swf file?

An swf file extension is commonly used for Shockwave Flash movies in animated vector format, used mainly on Internet web sites. Adobe Flash Player can play *.swf files.

swf file description

The swf file extension is associated with Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Flash movie file. ShockWave Flash, Animated Vector Format for Internet.
See also: fla file extensions

The Macromedia Flash (swf) (pronounced 'swiff' ) file format was designed to deliver vector graphics and animation over the Internet. The Macromedia Flash File Format (swf) was designed as a very efficient delivery format and not as a format for exchanging graphics between graphics editors. It was designed to meet the following goals:

  • On-screen Display—The format is primarily intended for on-screen display and so it supports anti-aliasing, fast rendering to a bitmap of any color format, animation and interactive buttons.
  • Extensibility—The format is a tagged format, so the format can be evolved with new features while maintaining backward compatibility with older players.
  • Network Delivery—The files can be delivered over a network with limited and unpredictable bandwidth. The files are compressed to be small and support incremental rendering through streaming. SWF is a binary format and is not human readable like HTML. Macromedia Flash (SWF) uses techniques such as bit-packing and structures with optional fields, to minimize file size.
  • Simplicity—The format is simple so that the player is small and easily ported. Also, the player depends upon only a very limited set of operating system functionality.
  • File Independence—Files can be displayed without any dependence on external resources such as fonts.
  • Scalability—Different computers have different monitor resolutions and bit depths. Files work well on limited hardware, while taking advantage of more expensive hardware when it is available.
  • Speed—The files are designed to be rendered at a high quality very quickly.

This platform is also often used in various web-based video games, such as Farville, Castleville, Settlers Online and other.

MIME types:
application/x-shockwave-flash
application/x-shockwave-flash2-preview
application/futuresplash, image/vnd.rn-realflas

Software that will open swf file

Adobe Animate CC

Multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages

Adobe Animate CC for Mac

Multimedia platform for Mac used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages

Adobe Flash Player

Adobe's program for viewing animations and movies in Flash format

Adobe Flash

Multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to web pages

Other swf file extensions

swf - Microsoft Sidewinder profile activator data

Files with swf file suffix are related to the Microsoft Sidewinder profile activator data format.



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