What is SWF file? If you a windows user, you will be familiar with .swf file, SWF stands for Shockwave Flash (or later to be known as small wave format). It is an Adobe Flash file format used for multimedia, vector graphics and ActionScript, and .swf files are completed, compiled and published files that cannot be edited with Adobe Flash. But you can play it with Adobe Flash Player.
SWF files have now become a standard means of publishing compressed Flash content on the Web. Therefore, the SWF acronym has been modified to mean “Small Web Format” as well.
So you can play swf file on windows with Adobe Flash Player easily, but it is a hard thing to watch them on mac, like the guys bellow:
“I’m trying to play .swf files on my mac but I just can’t find a player anywhere. I have the Internet (downloadable) Flash Player on my computer but it won’t play .swf files. It’s pretty annoying because on my PC I can just download a swf player and all is well. On my Mac, however, I can’t find ‘anything’ that will play them. When I try to play them it just opens Illustrator, which (of course) does nothing.
Another weird (but interesting) thing is that, though I’ve loaded Macromedia’s Flash Player from the Internet I can’t actually find the ‘player’ anywhere on my computer. I’ve had ‘computer guys’ look for it too, to no avail. What’s with that?” –from creativecow forum
So what should you do if you want to play them on your mac? The solution is easy, you just need to convert the .swf file to the format is friendly with mac, like mp4, mov, so you can paly it on quicktime.
Dormeisoft SWF video converter for mac is a software that help you to convert the swf file to other format on mac os, you can convert them to mov, avi, mp4, 3gp, mpg, flv, etc. Besides, with it you can download swf video online to watch them offline, when you do conversion, you also can embed image as watermark, logo or copyright onto the converted video, Adjust the position and transparency of watermark.
As we know, mp4 is a format that playable on mac, so if you want to watch swf file on mac you can convert swf to mp4 mac. If you want to enjoy swf file with your portable equipment, this software allow to set output options for portable devices such as iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Kindle Fire,Samsung Galaxy S2, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPhone 3GS, Apple TV, PSP, BlackBerry, iRiver, Mobile phone, etc.
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