Unable to Export to Flash/SWF Anymore

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Oct 28, 2021 Oct 28, 2021

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I've always been able to export files to SWF format when using Illustrator. But I just downloaded Illustrator onto a new laptop and when I do the typical File>Export>Export As..., Flash/SWF is the only file-type that is no longer listed (see attached). Is there some way to "enable" the SWF format on the computer? screenshot.png

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New Here , Oct 29, 2021 Oct 29, 2021
Ah, I wasn't aware that Adobe was abandoning Flash  In case anyone stumbles upon this thread and needs SWF format like me (the program I am using only supports vector images in SWF), you only have to download legacy version 25.4.1 to get SWF format back. It wasn't removed from Illustrator until the current version released just a few days ago.

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Flash officially dies at the end of the year, perhaps that's the reason it's no longer an option.

 

It should be on purpose though, exporting to Flash was removed from Scripting API as well.

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It looks like Adobe stopped Flash support after December 31, 2020. Since then Flash support has been removed from across the Adobe product line including Illustrator, Acrobat, InDesign, and the video apps. Largely for security reasons. So the ship sailed 11 months ago.

 

To help secure your system, Adobe blocked Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021. Major browser vendors have disabled and will continue to disable Flash Player from running.

 

It’s unlikely that there is a way to enable Flash in a current version of Illustrator. It may no longer be in the code. Maybe the last time you saw it on the old computer, it was in an old version of Illustrator.

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Ah, I wasn't aware that Adobe was abandoning Flash 😕 In case anyone stumbles upon this thread and needs SWF format like me (the program I am using only supports vector images in SWF), you only have to download legacy version 25.4.1 to get SWF format back. It wasn't removed from Illustrator until the current version released just a few days ago.

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Just curious: which application is that?

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It's Illustrator Monika.

 

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....oh you meant the receiving application, duh!!

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