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    Default Help! What to do with Flash files?

    Hello everyone,

    I hope this is the right place to ask. I have a lot of saved progress-point files from online NES and SNES emulator games. But the website I use them with uses Flash. Supposedly, Flash will "expire" at the end of the year. After that, how will I use my files?

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    Default Re: Help! What to do with Flash files?

    Hey there Collin! While Flash will indeed no longer be supported by adobe, they can't force you to uninstall it from your computer, or force websites to stop using it as a plugin unless the browser itself is updated to no longer support flash. However, Flash stores its saves in the AppData folder of your computer. You will most likely find it in (AppData/Roaming/Macromedia/Flash Player/#SharedObjects). From there, there should be a listing of websites, and local flash .sol saves

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    I have one .sol file in the directory you mentioned. There are also my files of the form nes*.zip.save and snes*.zip.save in the c:\users\owner directory. What would I do with these?

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    Default Re: Help! What to do with Flash files?

    Welp, I would back them up. I don't know a way to convert these SOL files to conventional emulator saves, but you could try downloading the flash emulator you are using to play the games with a swf downloader plugin. You could then download the offline flash player from adobes website to play the games without the web browser.

    EDIT: wait a sec, have you tried opening the zip.save files with winrar or 7zip to see whats inside? It might have a regular emulator save
    Last edited by Mupen64 Man; December 17th, 2020 at 02:58. Reason: Im an idiot

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    Default Re: Help! What to do with Flash files?

    1. I installed WinRar and 7Zip. Neither one could find an archive in the zip.save files.
    2. I copied all zip.save files to a new directory under the root. I turned on the Hidden and Compressed attributes, and I turned off the Indexed attribute.
    3. I installed ThunderSoft, and typed in the web address of a game on the emulator website. It did not find any swf file.

    P.S.: The window the games run in has an about box with the name of the emulator software. I don't know if I'm allowed to say it here.
    Last edited by Collin237; December 19th, 2020 at 21:37.

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    Default Re: Help! What to do with Flash files?

    I found the swf file address from the webpage source code and typed it into ThunderSoft. It found it, but couldn't do anything with it ("divide by zero" error), apparently because it's an app rather than data.

    The software, as it's presented by its dealer, requires you to supply your own ROMs via a personal OneDrive cloud. I don't have any ROMs; only save-points. The emulator downloads each ROM ephemerally through the app.

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    Default Re: Help! What to do with Flash files?

    At this point, it would be better to move to a normal emulator, rather than a flash app, and start over without your saves. It would save you from such trouble in the future.
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    Default Re: Help! What to do with Flash files?

    If there are specific games I'm looking for, that aren't in any of the emulators listed, is there any quick way (i.e., quicker than trying to make sense out of the mess provided by Google ) to search for an emulator that may have it?

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    Default Re: Help! What to do with Flash files?

    When it comes to actual emulator programs that you can run on your pc, they do not come with games. You will download an emulator and then the games as extra.

    Obviously we cannot tell you where to get the games from but google will give you the results.
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    Default Re: Help! What to do with Flash files?

    So by "actual emulator" you mean a desktop app that plays ROMs from one's hard drive?

    Emulators that play ephemerals have been around for at least a year. I simply want to know how to continue to play ephemeral games if I can't use Flash. If that's not what you offer, please point me somewhere else.
    Last edited by Collin237; December 23rd, 2020 at 01:41.

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