Do you have Illustrator CS5 as well? If so, you can Export > Export Image > export as an FXG file, which Illustrator will import. I believe this is the new workflow that Adobe is corralling folks into.
If you don't have Illustrator CS5, use an older version of Flash (which you have) to export that you did in the past...or try saving your art as a SWF and importing that.
One other thing, I think the copy & paste can work really well between the two programs. Also, here is some add'l info:
Did they remove this again in CS6? it is not working any more, i am just told "The fxg is not valid, validate it before opening"
It looks like you can't copy and paste vectors from [ any version of ] Flash to Illustrator CC full stop.
It becomes a low res bitmap - like you are cutting a preview of whats on screen.
Also there is no way to save [ any version of ] Flash and load it in Illustrator CC or PhotoShop as anything other than a lo res bitmap.
We used to have these features and Adobe has removed them - thanks that's useful.
I might remove my subscription - I have paid Adobe a bunch of pounds over the years.
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Have you tried exporting as .fxg from flash, that worked for me.
But be aware of fonts which has to be outlined first.
Yeah you can definitely export an fxg file in Flash CS5 and import it into Illustrator but they removed it in CS6 and Flash CC. Why? I read six months ago that they were going to 'bring in back and make it better'. On these forums in fact. WHY GET RID OF A FEATURE IF YOU'RE NOT READY TO REPLACE IT?!?!?!?! Now I've heard that FXG format is also deprecated as well so they're closing that format too. I don't understand why Adobe kills it's own app productivity but the Adobe 'suite' is anything but 'sweet' these days.
Flash Pro CC 2014 (v22.214.171.124) is now available for download via the Creative Cloud App and Adobe website.
We have added SVG Export feature to Flash Pro with this new release. You will now be able to export out vector content from the selected frame as an SVG image that can be opened directly in a Browser and even imported in Adobe Illustrator.
SVG Export option can be accessed via the Publish Settings as well as via File Menu > Export > Export Image option.
Along with this, we have added several new features with this release. Complete list is available at these links:
Edit: Get the plugin for Exporting as SVG Sequence for entire timeline at once: Export SVG Sequence from Flash Professional | Nipun Asthana
I'm trying this solution now and I keep getting an error. It reads:
SyntaxError: missing ) after argument list"
When are you getting this error message? While installation or while working with any feature?
Please share more details.. Also, if it's happening with a particular file only, please share it with us.
That would be great!
Only when I open .fla, create svg from it in Flash Pro CS6 trial version and try to open it in Illustrator CS6 it crashes the program immediately, repeatedly and finally. The .svg file is about 1,3MB, my laptop: dell workstation, win7 64bit, 32GB RAM (so I guess this should be enough from equipment requirements to get it to work...). Any idea what causes the problem?
Not getting flash until I'm sure this works....
Thank you in advance for your answer!
Exporting as SVG feature was not available in Flash CS6. If you wish to try out this feature, download a trial version of Flash Pro CC 2014 using Creative Cloud App.
Open your fla file, go to File Menu > Export > Export Image, Select the extension as '.svg' and Export.
Yes of course, my mistake, .svg was created from fla in Flash Pro CC 2014 trial.
But the main problem stands: I can't open this file in Illustrator CS6, because it repeatedly crashes while trying to do so.
Any ideas why it might be?
That shouldn't happen in a normal case and might be an issue with a specific file only. Flash CC 2014 exported SVGs are compatible with Illustrator CC 2014. Have you tried importing the SVG in Illustrator CC 2014?
If you can share your FLA file and SVG file, we can take a look. You might also want to report the crashing issue on Illustrator forum.
Flash CC 2014 does support SVG export. Can you check and confirm your Flash Pro version once?
SVG Export option can be accessed via Publish Settings as well as via File Menu > Export > Export Image option. (choose the extension as .svg)
I can confirm that SVGs exported by Flash CC 2014 trial will cause Illustrator CS6 to crash.
This is a four year old topic, and in the current versions of Flash and Illustrator, I don't see a problem.
Can you post an SVG that goes on to crash Illustrator? Or post an FLA that exports an SVG that causes problems.
I can also confirm that SVG export from Flash CC will crash AI CC every time.I'd upload the file so you can check it but it's company property so can't sorry.
Does the crash happen for you with any SVG you export? If so, can you do a nonproprietary squiggle, and upload that?
Hi, I don't have any personal FLA's as I never really used Flash. I followed a tutorial to export the SVGs. I successfully exported one layer and opened in AI. but when I exported layer 2, it did not work. I also try to open it with Inkscape and it did open the file AI crashed on. I re-saved the file from Inkscape and AI finally opened it but made it look horrible pixelated like it's not even vector. I know it probably does not even make sense without the screen shots but I can't do that
Thanks for trying to help though.
I have no understanding why the Macromedia flash export features are consequently destroyed by Adobe.
It was possible to export AI files, even in "export movie" as an AI sequence.
That is the most needed function from my side inside flash.
Destroyed by Adobe.
Same with clipboard.
It was possible to copy vectors from one app to another.
Adobe destroyed this function and only poor pixel data is copied.
After this fxg mess, selling svg export (single pic only for sure) as a new feature is hilarious.
What is the result?
I worked recently in a 150million $ production, and had to start my old Macromedia flash mx 2004 right before the client to get my work done.
What a shame!!!
You continously destroying the best vector animation program on the market without even having a clue what you are doing.
All new features are useless without a decent vector and vector sequence export.
Reading about all the trouble users have just to swap work inside adobe app is a never ending story because they will never get right.
Please, wake up guys!
Copy and paste seems to work, but does give you a bitmap. Export to SVG and Place brings in the vectors ok.
Thank you but that's what I already said.
Copy & paste vectors is not possible anymore.
Destroyed somewhere between Macromedia Flash 8 and Adobe Flash CS4.
Same with AI Export and decent vector sequence Export with somehow same destruction date.
New export "features" are still a poor and complecate step back against what was already possible 11 years ago.
Everytime I update, as I did today ( after CC couldn't update and crash, doing some workaround to get things done as always), I am really hoping.that finally there is an understanding.
I've used this in the past to export my math experiments and then bring them into Illustrator. Granted its been a while since I did this but its worth mentioning:
install a PDF printer driver like this one http://www.pdf995.com/ (it's free with a few annoying ads)
Export your FLA > SWF
Open SWF and right click on the SWF window > Print
Choose the PDF printer driver and print to file
Open the resulting PDF in Illustrator CC
Vectors are preserved!
Well that is an ambitious effort! I remember me going this way too once.
Is this working with a sequence too?
I guess it's best to open a new thread to clarify me needs in exporting AI sequences from Flash.
Thanks anyway for the answers. I really appreciate this.
Do you face any problems with exporting SVGs from Flash and then importing to Illustrator?
It preserves all the vector information and gives better results than fxg used to be. (let us know if you face any issues with it.)
There's also a plugin for exporting SVG Image sequence for the entire timeline, if that's what you're looking for:
Hi Nipun Asthana,
The SVG exporter is a very poor implementation of preserving vector files between Flash and Illustrator. Complex objects with Masking basically just crashes Illustrator 100% of the time. If all SVG exporter is capable of it exporting simple flat geometric shapes, i would have just done it in Illustrator natively.
Thank you, and please get our FLEX exporter back and improve on it.
Why don't you share some of your test-files that cause Illustrator to crash. We can take a look at what's going wrong.
For any feature requests, use this link please: Feature Request/Bug Report Form
I'll just give you my working file here. I have been trying to use SVG exporter to export my poster into Illustrator but to no success. Please kindly update me if you are successful in doing so.
I'm giving it a try. Illustrator is using 100% CPU, and has been for over 20 minutes. I can leave it for a while, to see if it does eventually open the file later today.
Would it be ok if I gave the image to the Illustrator team, for them to use as a test file?
Incidentally, Finder's quick view shows the image in a couple of seconds, so hopefully the export from Flash is good.
Sure, go ahead and use my work to test. There's a lot of people out there who loves the unique art style that can only be produced using flash. It saddens me that this art style cannot be used else where such as A1 poster prints due to various limitations.
Hope the team can come up with better solutions in the future so we can continue to crate art work using Adobe products.
Thanks. I gave up after 3 hours. Interestingly, if I go to open the file I get the image preview, and that appears immediately. Does SVG include a preview bitmap?
please place a feature request as suggested above. All these function were implemented in Flash MX 2004 and later. The mess started with CS 3 I guess.
Even export movie as AI was possible.
Or just copy paste via clipboard from flash to Illustrator!
We need this compatibility back which dissapeared for no understandable reasons!
I just started a Creative Cloud Flash trial, and it's horrible! I can't export to *.ai, or *.dxf!!! The SVG export is total crap. I can't open the SVGs in any of my other art software, not inkscape, not 123D Design, nothing.
I used the feature in my old CS2. which I still have installed , but I can't save my flash file to my old version -- did i just lose hours of arranging geometry?? THIS IS STUPID.
By now you can only export to SVG with Flash CC 2015.
But, now with Flash CC 2015 I can't export to SVG anymore.
SyntaxError: missing ) after argument list
All the while I have no issue exporting to Flash CC 2015 to SVG files.
What is happening here?
Is there an auto update that causes this error?
What have you done again this time Adobe????
Can you please share your test file which shows this error. We'll check it out and see what's going wrong.