Hey I am having a very bizzare problem and I am hoping someone here can help.
The animation in question runs perfectly fine on my computer, but when I emailed it to my colleague, she encountered the following odd behavior:
Clicking the shortcut launches another, seemingly randomly determined, swf file elsewhere on her computer (in a different directory). Deleting this file causes the shortcut in question to redirect to a different, also seemingly random file. If she deletes all of the swf files on her computer besides the one in question, the file refuses to launch, giving a system error saying it doesn't have the right program to open the file, as if she didn't have flashplayer. Then, restoring a deleted swf file from the trash bin resulted in that file being redirected to (and opening), regradless of the directory we placed it in.
I am absolutely confused.
Any ideas what could be going on here?
We just ran into the exact same problem here on a coworker's computer, and were able to resolve it.
When we Control-clicked the .swf in question and looked at the "Open with…" menu, the only application listed was the weird bogus .swf that had kept on popping up. It had been packaged as an application, and she didn't actually have the standalone Flash Player app installed — just the browser plug-in, so her computer kept trying to use this executable .swf to open the file she wanted.
Once we installed the standalone Flash Player app, .swfs opened just fine.
Hope this is helpful to someone out there!