[thelist] Generating an FLA file from a SWF file

John Dowdell jdowdell at macromedia.com
Tue Mar 25 17:25:15 CST 2003

At 10:00 AM 3/25/3, Steve Hasz wrote:
> The old web developer is now a tree farmer or something
> and as far as I can tell, has no working email address.
> The customer wants to make changes to the nav bar.  Is
> there a way to open the SWF file and make changes?

It would have been better if the client had purchased rights to the source
files. But if the original developer is now out of business and no longer
has email, then I understand the situation.

You can often change URLs in a SWF... not always, but often. (It's possible
to specify addresses dynamically, and these can be difficult to edit, for

Possible paths:

--  Open Dreamweaver's Site Window, enable "Show Dependent Files", and
click on the exposed address to edit it. (May need to play around in the
viewing prefs; it has been awhile for me.)

--  Use a utility like Baraks' URL Action Editor to change the addresses:

Not all files are amenable to these techniques, but many are. Good luck!


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