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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content Internet
If you are looking for an alternative way to view Flash and Shockwave files, you may want to download a standalone Shockwave movie or game that runs on its own using the Macromedia Flash Player (in application form, not in plugin form). An example would be something like PacMan [676kb download].

You can then tell the system, via Get Info, to open all Flash and Shockwave files with this standalone player. The original game or movie will come up at the same time, it's true, but if it's something that requires a click to start, then you shouldn't have competing audio or video.

Why go to this extent when there are other ways of doing it? Well, QuickTime Player does not always handle Flash and Shockwave files well, and also, sometimes, you don't want to load up your browser to simply look at a local Shockwave file. This is a convenient, if alternative, way of doing it, and you even get the nice-looking Macromedia Flash icon assigned to your downloaded content.

UPDATE: Commenters in this thread located a standalone Flash Player which has fewer inconveniences than associating it with a pre-existing standalone Flash movie.

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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: earthsaver on Jan 02, '04 11:20:51AM

Where does one find a Macromedia Flash Player application?

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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: adrianm on Jan 02, '04 11:37:34AM

http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer/



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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: sezme on Jan 02, '04 12:04:16PM

This link is only for the plugin, not for the standalone player that you get if you install Flash(authoring).



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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 02, '04 02:33:59PM

At the risk of sounding snippy, read the hint again, particularly the sentence that begins "An example would be ... ".



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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: sezme on Jan 02, '04 12:19:04PM

The problem with this is that you only get the Flash player (standalone) if you install Flash (the authoring environment). Now, it's true that with the Pac-Man example you linked to, we can open other .swf flash files, but we can't close the original pac-man window without closing the whole player. It's also misleading to say that you can use this to open Shockwave files. Shockwave files are compressed and protected files created by Macromeda Director (Shockwave studio). These need the Shockwave plugin to work in a browser, and they don't work with the Flash plugin or player.

Macromedia used to distribute an application called Shockmachine which would play your .dcr (Shockwave) files directly, but a few years ago, they spun it off with shockwave.com, and it became commercial Windows only software. I don't think they still distribute it at all. Too bad. It wouldn't be too hard for a Director developer to make a new version, but I'm not sure how Macromedia would feel about it.



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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: adrianm on Jan 02, '04 12:50:59PM

Oops, wrong link. It's all on the Macromedia site though. Just have to look for it.

http://download.macromedia.com/pub/flash/updates/mx2004/player7/saflashplayer_all.hqx



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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 02, '04 02:39:30PM
The problem with this is that you only get the Flash player (standalone) if you install Flash (the authoring environment).

Right. But if you don't want to purchase Flash, this is a useful compromise.

Now, it's true that with the Pac-Man example you linked to, we can open other .swf flash files, but we can't close the original pac-man window without closing the whole player.

Right. But if the window is small, it doesn't auto-start (it needs a click), and there's no sound, then it's not that much of a hassle to leave it open.

It's also misleading to say that you can use this to open Shockwave files.

Sorry for the misstatement.

*sigh* Silly me, I thought some people might actually find this hint USEFUL.

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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: paulsrandall on Jan 02, '04 02:28:55PM

Macromedia had SAFlashPlayer for Mac OS X before Panther came along, but now only seems to have the SAFlashPlayer.exe for Windows on their web site.



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An alternative way of viewing Flash/Shockwave content
Authored by: paulsrandall on Jan 02, '04 02:36:29PM

Macromedia updated the Stand Alone Projector to version 7.0.r19. The link is below:

http://download.macromedia.com/pub/flash/updates/mx2004/player7/saflashplayer_all.hqx



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Are these hints checked by an editor?
Authored by: Cantus on Jan 02, '04 11:35:18PM
After reading this hint for the 3rd time, I finally understood what the author was trying to communicate.

What does he want to do?
Open a .swf file (Shockwave/Flash) without using a web browser or QuickTime Player.

What does he do about it?
He downloads or obtains an application that was compiled using Macromedia Flash. He gives a link to a game that was compiled this way.

How does he accomplish the task?
He selects the .swf file, and from the Finder's File menu he selects Get Info. In this window he reveals the Open With panel and chooses the Flash application he downloaded or obtained earlier.

What happens now?
Now the .swf file will be opened by the Flash application. This means both the Flash application and the .swf will be opened at the same time.

I think this is probably the worst written hint I've ever read on this site.

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Are these hints checked by an editor?
Authored by: DrShakagee on Jan 03, '04 01:15:28PM

:I think this is probably the worst written hint I've ever read on this site.:

Really, I found it and the comments that had the download link for the stand alone player quite useful.



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Are these hints checked by an editor?
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 03, '04 02:08:46PM
Cantus, looking over your commenting history, I'm not surprised you went for the hyperbolic critical response. In fact, browsing over those responses, you appear to generally favor the negative snark over the positive remark.

I first wrote, "Sorry you found the comment poorly written," but, actually, I'm not. For me to be truly sorry, I'd have to respect your opinion, and honestly, after reading over your comment history, I really just don't. I was affected by your opinion, I'll admit, but you don't seem to be speaking from a place of much wisdom or of much community spirit. And the latter is what really forms the basis of this website.

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Are these hints checked by an editor?
Authored by: Cantus on Jan 03, '04 08:29:40PM
I'm really sorry I replied to you in that way (I admittedly got carried away), but that doesn't take away the fact that your hint was indeed poorly written.

I tell you, I had a LOT of trouble trying to understand what you were trying to say; and I believe my response was in true community spirit, for I was trying to help those individuals who (as me) could not understand your hint at first read.

Certainly, I could have done without the harsh comments. This, I admit.

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Are these hints checked by an editor?
Authored by: cryptlib on Jan 03, '04 11:32:32PM

WCityMike has a substantial history of touchy cluelessness. He's like Mr. Magoo with a bad hemmorhoid problem. Don't pay him much heed.

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Are these hints checked by an editor?
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 25, '04 05:02:26PM

Cantus: no problem, no grudges. I personally don't feel it was poorly written, but if your response clarifies things for some of the readers of this hint, then great. And next hint I submit, I'll give it an extra once-over to try to make sure it's clearly written and understandable.

cryptlib: I'll just repeat what I initially said in my reply to Cantus. I'd be a lot more "hurt" (a) if your complaints were rational and not just name-calling, hyperbolic trolling, and (b) if I actually respected your opinion.



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