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Part III: Appendixes > SWF File Format

A.5. SWF File Format

Whereas the Flash Player is not open sourced, the .swf file format itself is publicly available (which is one reason it has garnered a lot of third-party support). For further information, here are some resources:


Macromedia Flash file format (SWF)

http://www.macromedia.com/software/flash/open/licensing/fileformat

Here you can obtain the SWF specification, which 'doucments the Macromedia Flash file format (SWF), and how to write Macromedia Flash 6 (SWF) files.'."


OpenSWF

http://www.openswf.org

A general information center for developers of SWF implementations. Includes tutorials, message boards, resources, and source code.


Ming

http://ming.sourceforge.net

An open source C library for generating SWF format movies, plus a set of wrappers for using the library in C++ and popular scripting languages such as PHP, Python, and Ruby. See http://www.opensource.org for information on open source software.


Perl :: Flash

http://www.2shortplanks.com/flash

A Perl library to allow the "dynamic, programmable generation of Flash/SWF movies." Created by Simon Wistow.


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