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    .swf? (?)

    I'm not really sure where to post this ....

    I've got some lecture notes that I'm suppose to be printing off, they've been given to me via a data stick and although they are suppose to be on powerpoint, they all have the .swf after them ... does this mean they are shockwave files? the only way I can open them is by using Internet Explorer and then it opens using Macromedia player

    and then I can't really print them off as they all have dark blue background and black text ... I just want to be able to change the background colour so I can print them off without using loads of cartridges <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

    any ideas?

    xx

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    Re: .swf? (?)

    The .swf extension is for Showckwave Flash files. The file may have started as a PowerPoint presentation, but apparently someone converted it to Flash.

    Could you ask the person who provided you the lecture notes to send you the PowerPoint version? If so, you could change the design to use a transparent background etc.

    If not, other Loungers will no doubt be able to tell you whether it is possible to edit a Flash file.

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    Re: .swf? (?)

    Thanks for that Hans,

    this is really frustrating, I cannot get hold of the original power point and the swf files are useless to me really ... searchign on google I've manage to fidn out some information but I can only get part of the title page into a slide.

    arrgghhh

    xx

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    Re: .swf? (?)

    If I understand your request clearly, and I may not, here is one possible solution.
    Open a swf file with Irfanview (free) and save it as a jpeg file. Then using your favorite photo editor (many free ones around) change the background color to white and print it.

    Paul

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    Re: .swf? (?)

    Thanks for that [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    Just downloaded Ifranview but I cannot open the .swf files, it says " decode error! Can't load PlugIn: "FLASH.DLL"! Please install or update plugIns from IrfanView homepage!

    xx

    ETA: Doh! I'm downloading the plug in now ...lol ...just realised what it actually said

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    Re: .swf? (?)

    OK <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Ive downloaded the ifranview nad it does open the files, but the open up in macromedia flash in a new window <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> im still confused, and the macromedia window doesn't have any toolbar options to save it in a different format.

    any other ideas <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    xx

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    Re: .swf? (?)

    I now understand your problem. Sorry for the misdirection.

    The only approach I can think of off hand is to display the swf file using any utility that puts it on the screen and then do a screen capture of the area showing the desired contents. That is then an image whose colors can be changed with a photo or paint program and printed. In fact, if the background is uncomplicated and a single color you can use the paint utility in Irfanview to change the background color to white (Edit, Paint dialog, flood fill).

    Someone gave you a tough job.

    Paul

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    Re: .swf? (?)

    This is a real pest when people do these "handy" conversions and don't supply the originals. I've hunted around and come up with a couple of <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> possibilities:

    SWF Picture Extractor will work with both packed (compressed) SWF as well as uncompressed.

    SWF Extractor Free - Decompile SWF (Extract images and mp3 from SWF files) will only work for uncompressed SWF (unless you want to fork out $4 <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ) but ...
    SWF Compressor-Decompressor claims to be able to unpack the compressed format.

    Finally, you might have some luck trying to extract text from your extracted pictures, using OCR software that came with your scanner or other OCR program.

    I hope something works for you Lorraine.

    Alan

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    Re: .swf? (?)

    <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> downloaded the SWF Picture Extractor and it did extract all the diagrams and picture onto a white background so I will be able to print them out.

    thank you

    Just got to find out how to get the text and formula ... so off i go looking for OCR programs.

    xx

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