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SWF file format

File extension
.swf
File category
Description
The Swiff owned by Adobe are used for the animated vector representation, it can contain the texts as well as other vector oriented graphics. Any web browser with Flash plug-in installed can play the file.
Technical details
It was first just an acronym of “Shockwave Flash” because at first it was just developed for Shockwave player. These files are binary and are stored in the form of 8-bit bytes, the latest SWF10 version allows the expansion of text capabilities with support for the bidirectional texts and complex scripts. This allows embedding JPEG oriented images which operates at an alpha channel for opacity and smooth filter.
Programs
Web Browser with flash plugin
Main program
Adobe Flash Player
Developer
FutureWave Software
MIME type
application/x-shockwave-flash