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Unable to Export to Flash/SWF Anymore

New Here ,
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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Oct 28, 2021 Oct 28, 2021

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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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Oct 29, 2021 Oct 29, 2021

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Just curious: which application is that?

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Oct 29, 2021 Oct 29, 2021

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It's Illustrator Monika.

 

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

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 07, 2023 Apr 07, 2023

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Its frustrating that the correct answer to this is that Adobe removed a fully functioning aspect of Illustrator that is useful to animators. I understand that Flash is dead for the web, but as a formet for vector animation SWF is really helpful and useful. I would like them to return this feature especially since the version that last allowed SWF eport apparently cannot be installed on an M1 Mac based off what CC is telling me. I don't see any good reason why this setting should be removed.

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Apr 07, 2023 Apr 07, 2023

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Creating the animation in Animate is not an option for you?

 

I've created several SWF animations in Illustrator and I always found it quite limiting. Also the animation files were inefficient.

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Apr 07, 2023 Apr 07, 2023

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This is a very old thread. 

Flash is gone--not just for the web but everywhere. If Adobe continued support for it, they would need to continue support for the player. With the security holes, that would be a mess. 

There are other programs out there that specialize in animation but many export to HTML5 format, like Adobe Animate does. 

David Creamer: Community Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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You can still import it in After Effects. That's how I used it.

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