How are you trying to play your swf files? Is this via an HTM through a browser?
Note - SWFs are Flash files (originaly called Shockwave Flash) and so is different to Shockwave, which relates to content made with Director. To install the Flash Player, go to:
The Shockwave Player is available at:
After multiple downloads the files started to play. I dont know what made the difference. I do notice that the file icon is not a flash icon (just a generic icon), although when I attach it to an email the Flash icon is there, and it's there when I right-click the file and go to Properties and then look at "opens with". I created these files with SwishMax if that makes any difference. I never had this problem before. It's a new hard drive so I needed to reinstall the software.
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Glad to hear it is working now.
Do you have Flash installed on your computer? On Windows, file properties and associations are created when you install programs. You can change program associations by right clicking on the file and choosing Open With.
I right-click the file and go to Properties and then look at "opens with".
And what is it opening with? Local Flash files do not open with the Flash Player browser add-on, but with a standalone player like the Projector from http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
Note that the download is the Projector, not an installer, so you need to make the file association manually.
My swf files are opening now with Flash Player, so I must have it, but oddly, I don't find it anywhere on my computer. I've done a complete search. I have Adobe 8 Pro and that shows up, but not Flash. I've searched for Adobe Flash Player, Macromedia Flash Player, and various combinations, but it's not found. I don't see it when I go to Start>All Programs either. I see Adobe 8, but not Flash.
But it is playing my files now so that's what I care about.
No, don't have Flash Pro (I have Adobe Acrobat 8 Pro). My Flash Player is not located where yours is. I tell you, I have searched more than once but I cannot locate it. It's so odd, because when I right-click any flash file and then "open with", there it is, Macromedia Flash Player 7.0 r9
But again, as long as I can open the files and they play, I'm happy.
I just opened a SWF file (a screencast that was captured by Jing) with Firefox on Windows 7. Windows didn't have a file association for SWF files, so I right-clicked on the SWF file and selected "open with -> select default program -> Firefox."
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