7 Replies Latest reply on Sep 25, 2006 9:52 PM by Newsgroup_User

    The SWF definition

    MacJr
      Hello,

      I would like to verify officially what the acronym SWF stands for. I have been given multiple variations on this meaning:

      Small Web File
      Shockwave File Format
      Shockwave Flash File

      I would like to official version. Thanks
      D
        • 1. Re: The SWF definition
          Level 7
          all of the above to be honest - been discussed here in the past and everyone has their own ideas -
          but i dont think there's any documented, official acronym. Personally I think it is "Small With Fries".

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          MacJr wrote:
          > Hello,
          >
          > I would like to verify officially what the acronym SWF stands for. I have been
          > given multiple variations on this meaning:
          >
          > Small Web File
          > Shockwave File Format
          > Shockwave Flash File
          >
          > I would like to official version. Thanks
          > D
          >
          >
          • 2. Re: The SWF definition
            Level 7
            > Personally I think it is "Small With Fries".


            *open flood gates*

            In the early days, for me:

            "Sick With Frustration"

            :))

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            • 3. Re: The SWF definition
              Level 7
              Ha - there's the ever popular Single White Female.

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              Peter Blumenthal wrote:
              >>Personally I think it is "Small With Fries".
              >
              >
              >
              > *open flood gates*
              >
              > In the early days, for me:
              >
              > "Sick With Frustration"
              >
              > :))
              >
              • 4. Re: The SWF definition
                Level 7
                > I would like to verify officially what the acronym SWF stands for. I have
                > been
                > given multiple variations on this meaning:
                >
                > Small Web File

                Its never been officially called that .. someone made it up (long after SWF
                files were around) so that it would be easier for their clients to
                undersatnd

                > Shockwave File Format

                Its never been called that .. shockwave file format would refer to files
                coming from Director (shockwave files).

                > Shockwave Flash File

                That is closest .. only really without the word 'File' .. SWF = ShockWave
                Flash - this is the most plausible and closest in historical evidence

                The best evidence of that is that the MIME type for flash is

                "application/x-shockwave-flash"

                And historically, that is what it was originally (if you look into the
                history of Flash back to when macromedia bought it when it was called it was
                Future Splash and the file type was .spl)

                But really .. it is its own name now, the original acronym doesn't really
                matter except for the sake of curiosity. You'll notice the Adboe/macromedia
                do not (anymore at least) give a 'meaning' for the letters.

                See the following links for more information:

                http://weblogs.macromedia.com/jd/archives/2004/08/shockwave_vs_fl.cfm

                >>
                What's with the "Shockwave Flash" name?
                Macromedia Director had one of the first web players, announced a week or so
                after Netscape announced its plugin mechanism for the 2.0 version.
                "Shockwave" was a very, very big name, with lots of consumer recognition.
                When Macromedia and FutureWave's FutureSplash Animator joined forces, the
                authoring tool was renamed to "Macromedia Flash" and the file format was
                renamed from .SPL to .SWF, which some informally called "Shockwave Flash" to
                join the existing "Shockwave for FreeHand" (still vectors), "Shockwave for
                Authorware" (eLearning), "Shockwave for xRes" (high-res image tiling),
                "Shockwave Audio" (first widespread .MP3 engine) and so on. "Shockwave" was
                used for its popular brand name, to introduce the rarer Flash and other
                players. But the big problem with plugins is distribution, and over the
                years only the Director and Flash engines gained widespread capability in
                consumers' browsers... towards the late 1990s these became the Macromedia
                Shockwave Player and the Macromedia Flash Player, and the various "Shockwave
                for X" monikers went away.
                >>

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWF
                >>
                The name is not officially an acronym, although it has been attributed as
                standing for Small Web Format and Shockwave Flash [1]. According to
                Macromedia, SWF is pronounced "S W F" (with each letter being pronounced
                individually), but some people prefer to pronounce it as "swiff."
                >>
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                • 5. Re: The SWF definition
                  C-Rock Level 2
                  the flash documentation calls it a small web file
                  • 6. Re: The SWF definition
                    Level 7
                    where? It never has been before.

                    "C-Rock" <careyr69@hotmail.com> wrote in message
                    news:efa4ov$rn8$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                    > the flash documentation calls it a small web file


                    • 7. Re: The SWF definition
                      Level 7
                      I just searched the Flash help files and the adobe web site (with there own
                      search and with google) .. not a single reference to 'small web format'.

                      I think C-Rock is just full of it .. and it doesn't smell very nice ;)
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