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    How to preview an old Flash site

    How to preview an old Flash site

    CHALLENGE: I want to preview flash content, but my browser doesn’t support it

    SOLUTION: 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. Does it mean you can’t view old flash websites?

    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

    1. Go to ‘Adobe Flash Player Support Center’: https://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/debug_downloads.html
    2. ‘Download the Flash Player projector’: https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/updaters/32/flashplayer_32_sa.exe
    3. Run the application, click File / Open and provide the link to full .swf  url, for example: https://www.example.com/interactivetool/main.swf

    That’s all you need to play flash content. Be sure to follow us for other useful tips.

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