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SWF to FLA Converter for Mac 1.1


Easy-to-use app converts SWF files to editable Flash documents

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SWF to FLA Converter for Mac 1.1 converts SWF files to editable Flash documents, including those containing ActionScript 2.0. The interface is easy to use and self-explanatory. The Expert mode lets you adjust settings and save a log file. The Help file is well organized and contains a tutorial covering the program’s basic use.

The first file I tested contained a bitmap and an animated mask. The program quickly converted the file. The converted file worked flawlessly and the original artwork was intact. The second file was more complex. It contained animation, synchronized music, and a button that displayed the movie’s Timecode each time it was clicked. Frame-by-frame animation replaced motion tweened items in the converted file. The music and sound effects remained in sync with the animation; however, the Timecode display no longer worked. The final file played MP3 files listed in an external XML file. The converted file didn’t work. I tested all converted files in both Flash MX 2004 and Flash 8 Professional with the same results.

Despite its limitations, if you no longer have access to your original FLA files and need to restore them from SWF files, the SWF to FLA Converter can be a lifesaver. If the program contains advanced ActionScripting, however, be prepared to spend time troubleshooting and fixing scripts. By using the log file, which lists conversion errors, and Flash’s Movie Explorer, it’s easy to find and fix problems. Considering that once an FLA file is compiled into an SWF file, information about its structure and objects is lost, it’s surprising this program performs so well.

PRICE:$ 59.95
FROM: Eltima Software GmbH
PHONE: 888-435-8462
WEB: www.eltima.com
FOR: Mac
RATING: 4

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