My CS5 Flash crashed and i'm unable to open a FLA file.. says unable to open the file.. i tried the .zip and rar method.. but it's not showing the library etc when i change the extension to .zip.. the zip wont even open.. i have spent a lot of time working on this.. and this sucks..
Can anyone help me? It's kind of urgent.
Hello Sateesh. This is a very common problem with Flash Professional, even in the fully updated CS6. For starters always use version control. Create a second copy of your FLA using 'save as.' That is not a fix but a future measure for you to employ.
As for your question, I hope you tested the FLA. If you did, you will have a SWF file in the folder of your FLA. It may also show up as an HTML file when you look at it. Anyway, download SoThink decompiler from here: http://www.sothink.com/product/flashdecompiler/download.htm
Go on YouTube and find out how to use it. It is very easy.
Next, download JPEXS free decompiler from here: http://www.free-decompiler.com/flash/ .
Decomplile the SWF in a new folder and retrieve your FLA. Sothink will give you a very ugly FLA with like 40 frame layers (even if you only had three). JPEXS will retrieve your actionscript (except for timeline code which, I am sorry to say, may be lost forever).
I hope this will make it easier for you to recover your work and get back on track. I also had to learn this the hard when I ran into the ubiquitous "Unexpected file format" error which Adobe refuses to fix.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Edit: If you need further help upload the SWF (not the FLA) and I will try to recover it for you.