Taking Flash Animations: Here We Go!

Published Apr 23, 2007, 5:10:03 AM UTC | Last updated Apr 23, 2007, 5:10:03 AM | Total Chapters 1

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This tutorial will explain how to take Flash animations and games off of a web page to analyze code or play at home.

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Chapter 1: Here We Go!


First off, this is NOT a guide to teach you how to steal Flash for posting on another site as your own, or hacking the online scoreboards through game manipulation. I despise them, and I particularly enjoy eating the innards of those who attempt these practices. First, there are two methods of Flash removal, which are explained below. Both methods require Mozilla Firefox, which is an “alternative” browser according to Micro$oft. It can be obtained at www.mozilla.com, and I highly recommend it, as it's most recent incarnation comes with built-in spell check and an insane number of customizability features out of the metaphorical box. Once you have obtained this magnificent application, we must continue onwards to our goal!

METHOD 1: Firefox Page Info

This method involves a feature of Firefox called the Page Info window.

First, you must visit the page of your choice that has the Flash game or Flash movie playing onscreen. Now, right-click outside of the boundaries of the Flash game, and make sure not to click an advertisement or other web page object. You should now see a small window appear that says “Back, Forward, Reload” etc. Look at the bottom of this window, and there should be a button that says “View Page Info”. Click this, and another window will come up, titled Page Info. In this, there are 5 tabs, titled “General, Forms, Links, Media, and Security. Click on the Media tab. Scroll through the Address box until you see Embed under the Type column. Select this line, and hit Save As. Shortly thereafter, a download should begin, that will save the new file to the location of your choice!

METHOD 2: Download Helper

This method involves downloading an Add-On for Mozilla Firefox that allows you to perform the same method as stated above, but it only takes seconds to perform. It may be obtained here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006 . You must first go to the page containing the Flash or media of your choice, and when it begins loading, you will notice your Download Helper icon on the toolbar spinning and colored. Click the arrow beside it, and select the media file of your choice, and it will begin downloading.

Sometimes, both, one, or neither of these will work. Again, I do not condone any disreputable behavior using this information. Do what you will with it, but keep it to yourself.

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