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Old Flash files - converting to HTML5 Canvas

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Hi,

I have been trying out the "Convert to HTML5 Canvas" in Animate and have a couple of questions:

  • I have old Flash files from previous jobs. I would like to keep the files editable and somewhat future proof - this is mainly for portfolio purposes. Is "Convert to HTML5 Canvas" in Animate  the best route to take?
  • When converted to HTML5 Canvas the files have a .fla extension - with browser support for Flash going in 2020 how long will the .fla be supported after this date?
  • Once I have converted a .fla file to HTML5 Canvas is there another step I should take?
  • what is the difference between .fla and .xfl
  • Is Animate the best program/ format for these files? Should I be looking at importing them into another Adobe software, is this possible?

Its going to be a bit of work to convert these files and I just want to insure I am taking the best approach

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  • I have old Flash files from previous jobs. I would like to keep the files editable and somewhat future proof - this is mainly for portfolio purposes. Is "Convert to HTML5 Canvas" in Animate  the best route to take?

yes.

  • When converted to HTML5 Canvas the files have a .fla extension - with browser support for Flash going in 2020 how long will the .fla be supported after this date?

fla files have never been supported by browsers so browser support for fla's is irrelevant.

  • Once I have converted a .fla file to HTML5 Canvas is there another step I should take?

publish your canvas project and upload to your server(s) where you (presumably) want to use html5.

  • what is the difference between .fla and .xfl

fla is a compressed xfl.

  • Is Animate the best program/ format for these files?

if you want to convert swf's to html5, yes.

  • Should I be looking at importing them into another Adobe software, is this possible?

no.

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Old Flash files - converting to HTML5 Canvas

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Hi,

I have been trying out the "Convert to HTML5 Canvas" in Animate and have a couple of questions:

  • I have old Flash files from previous jobs. I would like to keep the files editable and somewhat future proof - this is mainly for portfolio purposes. Is "Convert to HTML5 Canvas" in Animate  the best route to take?
  • When converted to HTML5 Canvas the files have a .fla extension - with browser support for Flash going in 2020 how long will the .fla be supported after this date?
  • Once I have converted a .fla file to HTML5 Canvas is there another step I should take?
  • what is the difference between .fla and .xfl
  • Is Animate the best program/ format for these files? Should I be looking at importing them into another Adobe software, is this possible?

Its going to be a bit of work to convert these files and I just want to insure I am taking the best approach

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Correct answer by kglad | Adobe Community Professional
  • I have old Flash files from previous jobs. I would like to keep the files editable and somewhat future proof - this is mainly for portfolio purposes. Is "Convert to HTML5 Canvas" in Animate  the best route to take?

yes.

  • When converted to HTML5 Canvas the files have a .fla extension - with browser support for Flash going in 2020 how long will the .fla be supported after this date?

fla files have never been supported by browsers so browser support for fla's is irrelevant.

  • Once I have converted a .fla file to HTML5 Canvas is there another step I should take?

publish your canvas project and upload to your server(s) where you (presumably) want to use html5.

  • what is the difference between .fla and .xfl

fla is a compressed xfl.

  • Is Animate the best program/ format for these files?

if you want to convert swf's to html5, yes.

  • Should I be looking at importing them into another Adobe software, is this possible?

no.

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  • I have old Flash files from previous jobs. I would like to keep the files editable and somewhat future proof - this is mainly for portfolio purposes. Is "Convert to HTML5 Canvas" in Animate  the best route to take?

yes.

  • When converted to HTML5 Canvas the files have a .fla extension - with browser support for Flash going in 2020 how long will the .fla be supported after this date?

fla files have never been supported by browsers so browser support for fla's is irrelevant.

  • Once I have converted a .fla file to HTML5 Canvas is there another step I should take?

publish your canvas project and upload to your server(s) where you (presumably) want to use html5.

  • what is the difference between .fla and .xfl

fla is a compressed xfl.

  • Is Animate the best program/ format for these files?

if you want to convert swf's to html5, yes.

  • Should I be looking at importing them into another Adobe software, is this possible?

no.

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Hi Kglad,

Thank you for your reply, it was very helpful.

Re: point 2

  • When converted to HTML5 Canvas the files have a .fla extension - with browser support for Flash going in 2020 how long will the .fla be supported after this date?

fla files have never been supported by browsers so browser support for fla's is irrelevant.

Apologies for being unclear here, what I'm really trying to check is if Adobe is discontinuing support for the Flash Player from 2020, will this have any effect on support for the .fla format? Will this continue to be a viable format for the longer term and is Animate a good option long term?

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support for fla files seems secure for the foreseeable future.  adobe continues to invest and improve in animate which is used to open (and edit) fla files.

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Brill, thanks for your help Kglad, it's much appreciated!

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you're welcome.

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