4 Replies Latest reply on May 25, 2013 9:07 AM by fastalgebra

    Unable to open the FLA

    Sateesh Sai

      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.

        • 1. Re: Unable to open the FLA
          kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          if you don't have a backup fla, you can try repairing the zip and/or you can try decompiling a working swf.

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          • 2. Re: Unable to open the FLA
            Sateesh Sai Level 1

            I dont have a backup fla. How do i try to repair the fla?


            I have uploaded the file here..



            • 3. Re: Unable to open the FLA
              kglad Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              you can try and repair the zip by using a zip repair tool.  there are probably free ones (search using google) if you don't have one (like winrar).

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              • 4. Re: Unable to open the FLA

                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.

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