Help needed. "Unexpected File Format" with .fla files

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Jul 03, 2021 Jul 03, 2021

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I'm using Macromedia Flash 8 and whenever I try to open a .fla file with resources I need it says "unexpected file format" I've searched for answers but haven't found anything that worked. Please help

 

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This simply means that the FLA files you are trying to open were saved by a later version of Flash in the newer format.

Flash 8 will only be able to open FLA files saved by Flash 8 and earlier.

 

All versions of Flash prior to CS6 can only open their own FLAs and those saved by earlier versions.

They can also save one version down.

 

A CS4 FLA for example needs to be saved down to CS3 format in Flash CS4, then opened in CS3 and saved down to Flash 8 format, so that you can work on it in Flash 8.

 

Nick - Character Designer and Animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of the Flanimate Powertools Team - extensions for character animation

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nevermind! figured out a solution, not exactly what I was going for but found out that importing the .swf file that came with the resources to the stage worked

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Well done!

 

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