SWF File Format

SWF is a file extension for a Shockwave Flash file format created by Macromedia and now owned by Adobe. SWF stands for Small Web Format. 

The Difference Between Adobe Reader & Flash Player

Adobe Acrobat software is used to create PDF files, and Adobe Flash Professional generates online content. Adobe distributes free helper applications so people can read or view the content produced by Acrobat and Flash Pro: Adobe Reader and Flash Player. Although they are produced by the same company, they are more different than they are alike.

Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader opens PDF files, a file type Adobe developed for sharing documents across platforms without the risk of losing formatting.

Flash Player

Flash is commonly used in online computer games, and many sites, including YouTube, use Flash to embed video on Web pages.

Google Chrome won’t support Adobe Flash Player from 2020

What is the difference between Adobe AIR and Flash Player?

The two Adobe Flash Platform runtimes are Flash Player and Adobe AIR. Flash Player is a highly expressive cross-platform runtime that works consistently across browsers. Flash Player delivers innovation within the browser, while AIR, a superset of Flash Player, enables the delivery of standalone applications that run outside the browser. Together, they provide a consistent runtime for delivering content that can easily move between the browser and native operating system context.

In what languages is Flash Player available?

Flash Player is available in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish on most major browser platforms.

How can I file a bug for Flash Player?

File any bugs in the Adobe Flash Player public bugbase, and the Flash Player team will investigate accordingly.

What is the Flash Player privacy and security policy?

Read more about Flash Player security and privacy.

I just received a dialog box notifying me that a new version of Flash Player is available. What does this mean?

Periodically, Adobe updates Flash Player with new features or fixes to minor problems. The Automatic Notification and Update feature allows Adobe to automatically notify you when an updated version of Flash Player is available so that you can install it right away.

What versions of Flash Player does Adobe support and when will support end?

Adobe supports the latest version of Flash Player available. Older versions of Flash Player are not supported and all users are strongly recommended to update to the latest version to receive all security updates available. Support for Flash Player will continue until December 31st, 2020.