Even if you import the swf to a pdf you have to have installed the Flash Player when you want to view the pdf in Acrobat / Reader XI or later. Only with Acrobat / Reader 9 and X the Flash Player was integrated in Acrobat.
I am wondering if its possible to convert my swf file so it works as a standalone file
When you export the .swf you should also get an .html file with the same name. If you keep them both in the same folder you can present with any modern browser—just open the .html file in the chosen browser.
thanks for the help, but I was hoping to create a true standalone file like the .exe file for windows or the projector file for mac... does anyone know how i can do this with an indesign swf or an indesign FLA file that's crashing flash when i try and open it?
Ask in the Flash forum. It can't be done with InDesign.
I wanted to post it on the flash forum, but I can't find the option to post a question, just guides on how to post on the forum and the option to see other posts, please can you tell me where I go to post a question myself. I feel really stupid that I can't find this... Many thanks, Chrissy
You or your client would need the Flash player app, which is different than Flash. You can download it from Adobe's site here:
You want the Projector version, the Plugin version plays SWFs in a browser.
From Flash or FlashBuilder you can compile AIR apps that are stand alone, but you would need significant coding experience to do that.