Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – General
The Macromedia Flash file format (SWF) (pronounced "swiff") delivers vector graphics and animation over the Internet to the Macromedia Flash Player.
The Macromedia Flash editor document file format (.fla) to be used in Macromedia's Flash authoring software. SWF files are exported from FLA files using the Macromedia Flash application.
The Macromedia Flash Player is free software that lets you view web content delivered via SWF files. This content may be interactive content such as menus that slide or may be complex programs like games and movies. Many web browsers (Internet Explorer, for example) install Macromedia Flash Player automatically, but you may need to upgrade it from time to time as Macromedia makes imporovements and as websites you visit update their content.
Macintosh: OS 9.x, OS 10.x
Most likely you already have the Flash Player installed as Macromedia distributes the Macromedia Flash Player through many key partners, including Microsoft, Apple, Netscape, Novell, TurboLinex, RedHat, and AOL. Macromedia Flash Player is pre-installed in several web browsers and on many computers. It is included in Windows XP (including all new Windows XP computers) and Apple Macintosh operating system. You can download and install the latest Flash Player from Macromedia's web site.
The Macromedia Flash Player is installed on over 98% of Internet-enabled desktops worldwide and a wide range of popular devices. View the latest Macromedia Flash Player statistics.