The Small Web Format is what the SWF extension stands for. The SWF file extension was designed to deliver animations and graphics over the Web to be easily viewed by the computer users. Graphics and animations that are designed with the Adobe Flash program are later saved with the SWF file format. Such files comprise both of graphics and text.
The SWF file format is the one that is used for all kinds of Flash related content. Macromedia initially developed Flash, which was acquired by Adobe in the year 2005. The SWF format files are basically the ‘end product’ files that are for the users to view and are termed as the read-only files that cannot be edited or changed.
In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .SWF file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:
A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .SWF file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .SWF file, so download the update and check again.
If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:
It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again.