Adobe Animate CC .fla file has an error while opening

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Jan 17, 2019 Jan 17, 2019

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The past month I've been working on an animation and it took a lot of effort and hard work, but suddenly today I tried to open the file and it says "An error occurred opening file "C:\Users\(my name)\Documents\The thing I'm wowking on.fla". When I click "OK", another error pops up "A JavaScript error occurred In file "Publish.jsfl": Error: File 'C:\Users\(my name)\Documents\The thing I'm wowking on.fla' could not be opened"

After clicking OK again, Animate then shows me a black screen. The File, Edit, View, and everything else is still there. I tried finding how to fix this issue for the past hour but I eventually gave up.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 17, 2019 Jan 17, 2019
make sure you have the latest version of animate.  if you do, your fla is corrupt.you can look for a recovery file* and you can try repairing by renaming the fla to a rar, using winrar to repair, renaming the repaired rar to a fla and trying to open the fla in animate.*win: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\<animate version>\en_US\Configurationmac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/<animate/flash version>/en_US/Configuration/

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Jan 17, 2019 Jan 17, 2019

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make sure you have the latest version of animate.  if you do, your fla is corrupt.

you can look for a recovery file* and you can try repairing by renaming the fla to a rar, using winrar to repair, renaming the repaired rar to a fla and trying to open the fla in animate.

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win: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\<animate version>\en_US\Configuration

mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/<animate/flash version>/en_US/Configuration/

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Nov 09, 2019 Nov 09, 2019

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When I tried that all it did was delete all my symbols and scenes and just left me with images and sound files

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Feb 13, 2021 Feb 13, 2021

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I tried this method but it doesn't work in my case unfortunately. This means no hopes to recover my .fla anymore, right?

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Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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correct.  that method usually fails, but it's the only (afaik) "repair" method.

 

however, repair is not the only way to get a working fla.  you may have a working backup (either generated by animate automatically or by you manually) and

 

1. with as3 projects, you may have a working swf which can often be decompiled to a working fla.

 

2. with html5/canvas, you can manually edit (in any plain text editor) the js and/or html file.  they'll not be corrupted (though they're not easy to work with even with js,html expertise).

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Jun 26, 2021 Jun 26, 2021

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i found the fix although it might be a compromise: i hope it works for you guys as well

so there was comment somewhere on the internet that said that if you have Auto-self recovery turned on your file is never lost. anyways long story short.

 

i right clicked on the file that was corrupt and went into properties.

all i did was going into the previous version tab and restoring it.

now this will bring a prev version of file. its not a perfect solution but it's better than nothing also i would recommend finding the auto recovery file path if it's missing from the original folder which is usually situated in the *win: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\<animate version>\en_US\Configuration

keep in mind that sometimes it has slightly different path.

good luck

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Jun 27, 2021 Jun 27, 2021

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 win:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\<animate version>\en_US\Configuration

 

mac:

Users/<username>/Application Support/Adobe/<animate/flash version>/en_US/Configuration/

 

contains a text file (AutoRecoverFilenames.txt) that contains the path/name to the recovery file, if auto-recovery was enabled when the fla was open and corrupted. (ie, open the text file to find the recovery file path)

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Jul 08, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

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I have auto recovery enabled, but the AutoRecoverFilenames.txt file was empty.

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Jul 08, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

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then you have to start over.   (and start appending increasing version numbers to your animate projects so you don't have this problem in the future.)

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Jul 08, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

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oh, alright. thanks for the info. I'll make sure to do that next time.

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Jul 08, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

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you're welcome.  (and some lessons are learned the hard way.)

 

after i had a loss of hours of work i learned my lesson.

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