Howes-IT-Going - Flash .SWF - ShockWave Flash / Small Web Format Objects

What is a Flash .SWF File Web application?

The file format SWF (originally standing for "Small Web Format", later changed to "Shockwave Flash" by Macromedia, then again changed back to Small Web Format when the company chose to have the phrase "Shockwave" only refer to Director, pronounced swiff or "swoof") is a partially open repository for multimedia and especially for vector graphics, originated with FutureWave Software and has come under the control of Adobe. Intended to be small enough for publication on the web, SWF files can contain animations or applets of varying degrees of interactivity and function. SWF files can be generated from within several Adobe products: Flash, Flex Builder (an IDE), as well as through MXMLC, a command line application compiler which is part of the freely available Flex SDK. Other than Adobe products, SWFs can be built with open source Motion-Twin ActionScript 2 Compiler (MTASC), the open source Ming library, the free software suite SWFTools, and the proprietary SWiSH Max2. There are also various third party programs that can produce files in this format, such as Multimedia Fusion 2 Flash .SWF Shock Wave File Object.

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