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SWF files: what are they and how do I open them?

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.swf file type #1: ShockWave Flash content

swf file extension is typically associated with Shockwave Flash movies in animated vector format, found on many Internet websites. Adobe Flash Player has the capability to play .swf files, but Adobe discontinued Flash in 2020.

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SWF files are for years used for original ShockWave Flash content, once widely used format for multimedia, vector graphics and ActionScript.

Adobe Flash was discontinued in 2020, but you can still find these files used on many web-based apps, including games.

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Adobe Animate CC

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

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Adobe Animate CC for Mac

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

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Adobe Flash Player

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

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Adobe Flash

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

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Elmedia Player

A fully-featured multimedia player for Mac


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Adobe Flash for Mac

Mac version of Flash development platform from Adobe

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Latest, subscription based productivity suite from Adobe

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Adobe Creative Suite

Set of professional software tools for graphic design, video editing and web development

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Adobe Creative Suite for Mac

Mac version of propular productivity suite from Adobe

.swf file type #2: Microsoft Sidewinder profile activator data

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

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The SWF file extension is also used by software and drivers for Microsoft Sidewinder force feedback joysticks

The swf file contains profile activator settings. Sidewinder joysticks are obsolete products.

SWF files are mainly used for Flash videos.

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Microsoft Windows

A series of operating systems developed by Microsoft

What is the meaning of a file extension?

File extensions are characters that appear after the dot in a computer file's name. For example, the file "unknown-file.swf" has the file extension "swf". This is used to identify which program should open the file or what file type it is.
File extensions help you organize and manage files. They provide a quick and easy way to identify and associate the file type with the appropriate software.

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