View Full Version : Flash 5, versus 6 and MX

Tony Davis
08-08-2005, 08:01 PM
I am new to Flash. I am taking a tutorial to learn it. I thought it would help to purchase some templates, so I did. But they will not open. I get a message "unexpected file format". The web site owner that I purchased them from does not offer much help. He suggests I try Flash 6 or MX. I dont understand what he means, unless he is suggesting that I upgrade the product. Is that true, or is the difference the platform. Any help is very appreciated!

08-08-2005, 11:23 PM
I've seen .fla files created in flash mx 04 (version 7) not open with flash mx (version 6) and before, although they should be backwards compatiable. In flash mx 2004 you can save it as flash mx format...it sounds like your version of flash (I'm taking it as flash 5) doesn't recognise the file format of the flash files seeing as they were created in a version of flash newer than the one you are trying to open it in.

08-09-2005, 09:17 AM
You would have to upgrade, unless he saves it as an older format. MX 2004 obviously has features that do not exist in version 5.

Tony Davis
08-09-2005, 03:13 PM
Thank you. I hate to seem so ignorant, but it was not clear about upgrading. I have tried to find out what an upgrade would cost. Macromedia seems to bundle everything. About $299 seems to be what it would be to upgrade to Flash 7. But I am not sure if that includes other software products. I use GoLive, so I am not ready to switch to another web authoring product.

Any suggestions about upgrading?

Thanks again for your advice!

08-09-2005, 04:12 PM
You can buy macromedia studio mx 2004 with flash standard for about 600 I think, that includes flash mx 04 standard, dreamweaver (which you don't nee seeing as you use Adobe GoLive CS), fireworks and freehand. You might as well just get flash mx 04 standard seeing as you won't need the rest of the suite.