What is Flash Animation?

Flash animation can be used to add moving elements and sound to a web site. It is also often used for simple welcome/intro movies. The main advantage of Flash is that there is a lot more scope for creativity - it can be good for creating an impact. The main disadvantage is that it increases loading time of the web page.

Macromedia Flash or Flash refers to both a multimedia authoring program and the Macromedia Flash Player, written and distributed by Macromedia, that utilizes vector and bitmap graphics, sound and program code and bidirectional streaming video and audio. Strictly speaking, Macromedia Flash is the authoring environment and Flash Player is the virtual machine application used to run the Flash files, but in colloquial language these have become mixed: "Flash" can mean either the authoring environment, the player or the application files.

The Flash files, which usually have an SWF file extension, may appear in a web page for viewing in a web browser, or standalone Flash players may "play" them. Flash files occur most often in animations on web pages and rich-media web sites, and more recently Rich Internet Applications. They are also widely used in web advertisements.

How do I save Flash?

Internet Explorer doesn't allow you to save Flash animation to your hard disk directly. But it does save it in its cache every time you view a Flash movie on a web page. Flash Saving Plugin will solve this problem for you!

Flash Saving Plugin is a free Internet Explorer add-on which adds a button to the Internet Explorer toolbar. When you click the button, it shows you a list of all flash movies loaded on the current web page. If you click an item from the list, the corresponding Flash movie will be saved to predefined folder. You can all save all Flash movies with a single click!

Save Flash with Flash Saving Plugin

Flash Saving Plugin can also be used in IE-based browsers, such as Maxthon, Avant, SlimBrowser, etc. In these browsers you should use the context menu command Save Flash. The command opens a new browser window called Gallery. You can save all or individual Flash movies using the Gallery window.

saving swf files

saving flash files in Gallery mode

Flash Saving Plugin comes with SWF Cache Viewer - a utility for browsing Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox cache. It searches for Flash movies in the browsers' cache and displays all found movies as a list. You can view and save found Flash animation to a predefined folder. You can also browser custom folders with Flash animation. SWF Cache Viewer also comes in handy when a Flash movie is displayed in a popup window without the toolbar, thus making it impossible to use the button or the context menu command.

view flash cache

How do I save Flash in Mozilla Firefox?

Mozilla Firefox has built-in features to save Flash movies. When viewing a web page:

  1. Right-click on the web page;
  2. Select View Page Info;
  3. Switch to the "Media" tab;
  4. Select the Flash movie you want to save;
  5. Click Save As.
save swf files

save flash

To browse the Flash movies cached by Firefox, you can use SWF Cache Viewer which comes with Flash Saving Plugin and SWF Opener.

save flash


How do I play saved Flash animation?

You can play Flash movies with Internet Explorer, but if you don't want to bother yourself with "file association configuration" use SWF Opener - swf files player! SWF Opener lets you control playback, set scale modes, change background color and go fullscreen.

How do I install Macromedia Flash Player (plugin)?

Click here, then follow the simple steps that follow. You must be using a 68K Macintosh or a PC with Windows 95 or later, and you must have Netscape Navigator 3.0, Internet Explorer 4.01, or America Online 4.0 or later as a browser. For complete information about computer and browser requirements, click here.

What if I want to disable Flash animation?

Visiting flash sites can slow down your Internet connection. Furthermore, from day to day flash animation is used for advertising mostly. If you're using a dial-up connection and wish to block Flash intro's in websites, you can disable Flash animations by setting a Kill-bit for this ActiveX control {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} Shockwave Flash Object:

  • Open Registry Editor by typing REGEDIT.EXE in the Start, Run dialog.
  • Navigate to the following location: [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility]
  • Create a sub-key named {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000}
  • In the right-pane, create a new REG_DWORD value named Compatibility Flags
  • Set the data for Compatibility Flags to 400 (hexadecimal)
To undo the change, merge the REG file which you've created. Or, simply delete the {D27CDB6E-AE6D-11CF-96B8-444553540000} sub-key under ActiveX Compatibility key.

But there is an easier way to do this. Download and install Flash and Pics Control. Flash and Pics Control is an Internet Explorer add-on that allows you to easily enable or disable Flash, pictures, cookies, java script, java applets or ActiveX right from Internet Explorer. It adds a button to the Internet Explorer toolbar which allows you to turn Flash animation on/off with a few clicks.

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