Monday, June 02, 2008

Tool Of The Day: Flare SWF Decompiler

I wanted to get a better understanding of a little Flash app I came across today, and though the best way to do so would be to peek at the ActionScript. For this, I needed a decompiler.

In the past, I've used Eltima's free SWF decompiler, but was always frustrated at the limitations it brought with it. I did some more poking around and found Flare. Flare is free, and does one thing and one thing well, extract ActionScript from a .swf.

Flare couldn't be easier to use, right click on the file and select Decompile - a moment later a .flr file is generated. Open this sucker up in a text editor, and poof, you can see the ActionScript.

That's my kind of UI.

Definitely worth a look if you are doing Flash stuff.

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