Software : Adobe : Flash

Adobe Flash

(as of 3/16/2016)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Industry-leading authoring environment for rich Internet content
  • Object-based animation with motion paths
  • ActionScript scripting language
  • 3D translation and rotation tools
  • Support for many image, video, and audio file formats
  • Built-in drawing capabilities

Adobe Flash is an authoring environment for creating multimedia and interactive content. Flash animations are commonly developed for websites, and may be used for advertisements, navigation menus, video playback interfaces, or online games. Flash supports vector and raster graphics and can be scripted using the ActionScript programming language. Flash became Adobe Animate in 2016.

Flash provides multiple views for video, graphics, and source code editing. The main document window includes a timeline and motion editor, which is used for creating and editing animation sequences. The tool palettes allow users to access project assets (e.g., video, image, and audio files), modify objects, and alter project settings. Flash provides development tools for creating custom ActionScript code, which can be used to create interactive content. The code editor supports syntax highlighting and helps reduce development time with code collapse, comment tags, and code error navigation features. Flash includes a visual user interface for script editing that enables automatic syntax completion. It also provides an advanced debugger to manually step through code and identify script errors.

Flash gives users complete control over object motion. The motion editor supports object-based animation, which can apply tweening (interpolated transitional frames) to objects rather than keyframes. Flash also supports Bezier splines for adding curve-based object animations to individual object attributes and includes advanced motion features to animate 2D objects through 3D space. Users may also create chain-like animation effects by linking objects in a series. Animations can also be saved as standalone .SWF files for playback in Flash Player.

Adobe Flash is a good tool for web developers who create website advertisements and online videos. It’s also useful for multimedia producers who create online games and other media-rich Internet applications. If you fall into either of these categories, you should try Adobe Flash.

Supported File Types

Primary file extension

.FLA – Adobe Animate Animation

Other file extensions used by Adobe Flash CC

Supported File Types
.3GP3GPP Multimedia File
.AIFAudio Interchange File Format
.AIRAdobe AIR Installation Package
.ASActionScript File
.ASCActionScript Communication File
.ASNDAdobe Sound Document
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.BMPBitmap Image File
.CLRAnimate Color Set
.DVDigital Video File
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.F4AAdobe Flash Protected Audio File
.F4PAdobe Flash Protected Media File
.F4VFlash MP4 Video File
.FLAAdobe Animate Animation
.FLPFlash Project
.FLVFlash Video File
.FXGFlash XML Graphics File
.GIFGraphical Interchange Format File
.JSFLAnimate JSFL Script File
.M1VMPEG-1 Video File
.M2THDV Video File
.M2TSBlu-ray BDAV Video File
.M2VMPEG-2 Video
.M4ViTunes Video File
.MOVApple QuickTime Movie
.MP3MP3 Audio File
.MP4MPEG-4 Video File
.MPGMPEG Video File
.MTSAVCHD Video File
.PCTPicture File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.SVGScalable Vector Graphics File
.SWCFlex Components Archive
.SWDFlash Debug File
.SWFShockwave Flash Movie
.SWTFlash Generator Template
.SWZAdobe Flash Player Cache File
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFTagged Image File
.WAVWAVE Audio File
.XFLAnimate Movie Archive
Additional Related File Formats
.3GP23GPP Multimedia File
.3GPP3GPP Media File
.3GPP23GPP2 Multimedia File
.3P23GPP Multimedia File
.AIAdobe Illustrator File
.AIFFAudio Interchange File Format
.AUAudio File
.DIBDevice Independent Bitmap File
.EMFEnhanced Windows Metafile
.FH10FreeHand 10 Drawing File
.FH11FreeHand 11 Drawing File
.FH7FreeHand 7 Drawing File
.FH8FreeHand 8 Drawing File
.FH9FreeHand 9 Drawing File
.FLSFlash Lite Sound Bundle
.FT10FreeHand 10 Drawing Template
.FT11FreeHand 11 Drawing Template
.FT7FreeHand 7 Drawing Template
.FT8FreeHand 8 Template
.FT9FreeHand 9 Drawing Template
.HTMLHypertext Markup Language File
.LBIDreamweaver Library Item
.M2PMaxthon 2 Browser Plugin File
.MFPMacromedia FlashPaper Document
.MPEMPEG Movie File
.PICGeneric Picture File
.PICTPicture File
.PNTGMacPaint Graphic File
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.QTApple QuickTime Movie
.QTIFQuickTime Image File
.QTMApple QuickTime Movie File
.SD2Sound Designer II File
.SGISilicon Graphics Image File
.SNDSound File
.SPLFutureSplash Animation
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.TODJVC Everio Video Capture File
.VP6TrueMotion VP6 Video File
.WMFWindows Metafile

Updated: March 16, 2016