Free software on proprietary formats ?

MJ Ray mjr at
Sun Nov 21 11:36:12 UTC 2004

On 2004-11-21 00:54:00 +0000 Odile BĂ©nassy <obenassy at> wrote:

> What do you think of a so called free software based on Flash ?
> If it is free, the sources must be given. What about source files written in 
> a proprietary (flash) format ?

It is difficult. The SWF format actually seems to be readable, although the official specifications might be under a NDA. Several free software tools can produce SWF - of course, the sources to make those produce a particular flash file is an easy tool.

I thought you didn't usually directly write the flash SWF format, but used some authoring tool which has project source files? If you have a particular case in mind, that may be easier for people to discuss.

Some AFFS supporters have been wrestling with the flash problem and keeping notes at which may give you more information.

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