How to preview an old flash site
- I want to preview flash content, but my browser doesn’t support it
- Use the Flash Player projector plugin
Flash was a type of technology popular in the mid-2000s andused for browser games, animations, interactive tools and video steaming (.flv format). Flash required users to install a small plugin and was compatible with most browsers. The iPhone, released in 2007, did not support Flash due to security risks. The rise of HTML5 made Flash obsolete. Modern browsers didn’t need Flash anymore.
In 2021, Adobe ended the support for the Flash Player plugin. Flash content, including audio and video, will no longer work in browsers.
Accessing Flash Content in 2021
“I have a website / interactive tool written in Flash and can’t access it” – you may struggle with this problem. Maybe you want to preview an “old flash website” to see how it looked, or rewrite Flash to the new HTML5 technology. We’ve got a solution for you.
Preview a Flash-based website: How To
- Go to ‘Adobe Flash Player Support Center’: https://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/debug_downloads.html
- ‘Download the Flash Player projector’: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/updaters/32/flashplayer_32_sa.exe
- Run the application, click File / Open and provide the link to full .swf url, for example: https://www.example.com/interactivetool/main.swf
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Techleader of createIT, working in the IT sector for over 14 years. Innovator, author, and owner of an e-shop that he has been continuously developing for over 10 years. Currently, with his team of over 20 developers, he supervises all kinds of e-commerce projects of varied structure, characteristics, and size: from simple on-line shops for retail clients to advanced B2B platforms with support of multiple shopping carts, multiple languages, and integration with external systems. His work also involves modifying and expanding the existing platforms with millions of products in their databases, platforms that support variable pricing (several variants of the same product), dropshipping modules, integration with storage systems, integration with courier delivery services, and the last but not least, the optimization of scripts. By participating in a multitude of projects, he had the opportunity to “test out” all kinds of platforms (open-source, SaaS – Cloud-Hosted eCommerce Platforms) and dedicated platforms.
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