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Swfdec loads and runs Adobe Flash animations.

Mac users have had a love/hate relationship with Adobe Flash Player. On one hand, it's better than nothing, and it does what it is supposed to do very well. On the other hand, it was originally written more than ten years ago, it doesn't work with many of the new technologies introduced in Leopard, and it's only really been available as a Web browser plugin. And ever since Apple discontinued Flash support in QuickTime, it has had no real competition on Mac OS X - until now.

Swfdec (pronounced "swiff-deck") is an engine that loads and runs Adobe Flash animations. The more...


Mac OS X 10.5.3 or later

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Smccandlish Member IconReview+18

No longer works, in OS X Mavericks. It tested it with several .swf files. The stand-alone app does nothing but load a blank white window, and the QuickLook plugin did nothing at all.

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Version 1.0
GeoProf Member IconComment+880

Its installer is a .pkg that installs several components — with NO uninstaller, as far as I can tell.

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Version 1.0

An uninstaller would be nice, but you can: 1) use Amnesia or any other uninstaller; or, 2) use Pacifist to figure out what it installs and remove them manually.

PizzaCake Member IconComment+43

How about releasing the quick look plug in separately. There's a few quick look plug in sites around to post to.

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Version 0.8b1
~s Member IconComment+5

Everything tested in the standalone player and I meet the requirements to run Swfdec:

-Poor performance (testing Intel Xeon 2,66GHz 5GB RAM) under some circumstances (maybe associated to setInterval tasks?)
-No menus (I can't copy-paste, for example, or "undo")
-Input text fields don't draw a white background but transparent (maybe an issue depending on your design)
-Issues with embedded fonts and dynamic text fields
-Doesn't respect fixed-width text fields (tested with static)
-Issues drawing edges (some drawings look awful!)
-Links in text fields won't work
-Doesn't work loadMovie under some circumstances
-No print
-Loading movies in higher levels (when available at all) will produce re-drawing issues (that is loads of red blocks around the window). Unload doesn't work at all. Various more issues.
-No resize window
-Doesn't respect "enabled" property of buttons
-Long etc.

Sorry, still not ready to be beta software, but keep on the good work! ;-)

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Version 0.8b1

I forgot: no audio in my machine and more and more and more...

Kudos for the QuickLook plugin, though!

maclover1.1 Member IconComment+740

How does this differ from SWF & FLV Player... ?? And what is the use another plugin beyond the one provided by Adobe ? How is this "better" ?!?

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Version 0.8b1

Please, read the descriptions. I read that this framework/thing uses MacOS-specific technologies to show flash movies on screen. It is an attempt to run them better: faster, less CPU and RAM (I guess), etc. It provides also the tools for other developers to substitute Adobe's frameworks with Swfdec's ones.

Actually, in my machine it will eat more RAM and CPU than Adobe's player, won't play sounds, etc. But I'm sure it will improve its performance in a short future (cross fingers!)

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Downloads 2,005
Version Downloads 281
License Free
Date 23 Sep 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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