1. if they are not embedding fonts and you don't have a font used by one of your students, you won't see their project the same way they see it.
2. that said, you should still be able to see their swfs. just open a swf (or better, the embedding html) in a web browser that has a flash player plugin..
Thanks. Yes, you're right on #1. That's why I'm trying to view the SWF because I need to see their original designs.
I didn't try the browser before, and that does work for me. I guess I will have to do it htat way. My usual work flow is to right click (I'm on a Mac) on the SWF and open in the Flash player. It won't open that way anymore for those types of files.
I also tried to view in Bridge, which I do sometimes also. The preview window just comes up blank.
when you right click and click on the swf, you're using your stand-alone flash player. most people don't keep those players updated.
if you wanted to updated your standalone player, you can go here: http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
and install the projector player for mac.
in any case, you cannot see any student's original design (that contains unembedded fonts) unless you open their fla in flash pro>and confirm there are no missing fonts detected by flash.
if missing fonts are detected open their fla in flash pro>view the list of missing fonts displayed by flash pro>download and install those fonts>restart flash and then open their fla and confirm there are no missing fonts.
you can now open their swf in any flash player you have installed (as long as you see no message about needing an updated flash player).
I tried to update there and I think I had the latest version already. It still won't show the SWF at all from the projector player.
I don't think the fonts are the problem because those will still show as default Arial (or whatever) at least. The SWF outright won't open, and I think it is the TLF text since that is unsupported now in Flash CC. Although it works in the browser. Hm....
if you're using windows, right click the swf and click "run as administrator".
if that fails, right click the swf>click "open with..">see what flash player version is listed, if any.