Sothink SWF Decompiler

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Description

Flash is a commonly used tool to render animations and interactive controls with rich graphics and is great for web support via plugins. However, there are times when compiled Flash files needs to be un-bundled into resources and code. Sothink SWF Decompiler is one such tool to perform the required action.

Features

Sothink SWF Decompiler features a very simple interface which is similar to Office 2007, with its ribbon interface replacing the traditional menu bar. The main window area is divided into panes showing explorer tree, flash player and export options and files. SWF Decompiler primarily decompiles compiled SWF flash format files to FLA and FLEX files. It supports the full range of features without any miss with TLF text support as well. The generated files can also be used with Adobe Flash itself. The decompiler also extracts and organizes all Flash objects such as shapes, images, sound, videos, fonts, texts, sprites, buttons, frames and Action Script. All elements can be modified and morphed within the software and custom objects can be swapped, replaced, added and deleted as well. It also supports batch decompilation operations and global search in Action Script code for tokens. Along with this, Sothink SWF Decompiler can export Flash format files to HTML5 contents which can be run on any HTML5 browser with mobile support. There is also a dedicated web plugin for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox which can be used to capture online Flash contents and decompile with SWF Decompiler. The built-in Flash player can play SWF, F4V and FLV files. Sothink Decompiler is available for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 with language support for Spanish, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Japanese, French and English.

Comparison

There are many alternatives available in the Windows market for decompilation options. JPEXS Free Flash Decompiler is an open-source offering that can also decompile all SWF animations and Action Script with AS3 support. However, it lacks HTML5 conversion unlike Sothink Decompiler and is available in a limited of languages without any professional support. Flash Decompiler from Trillix is yet another competitor but again lacks the HTML5 conversion support and TLF text formats. Some other niche tools would be SWF Picture Extractor – which as the name suggest can only extract images from SWF and hence is very limited unlike the versatile Sothink SWF Decompiler. Flare is a free cross-platform offering in a similar line but is only capable of extracting Action Scripts from SWF animations and lacks support for any other Flash objects.

Conclusion

Sothink SWF Decompiler does an admirable job at decompiling SWF files to FLA/FLEX files. It supports all Flash objects and AS and also allows modifying, adding and deleting such objects and recompiling back to SWF. HTML5 export support is an added bonus which is unrivalled by other alternatives.

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