v8 of Flash (SWF) and Flash Video (FLV) specification is available

The Macromedia Flash (SWF) and Flash Video (FLV) File Format Specification (Version 8) went live on the licensing center today! I know a lot of people have been waiting for it, and we appreciate your patience.

For version 8, we have added FLV to the spec. We also made a change to the PDF to put the license acceptance into the document, and the document does require you view it with Adobe Acrobat or Reader version 6 or above. It’s new, it’s a change, and I’m open to feedback. One known issue – the licensing form will ask you to check “I accept” to proceed and then you will get the same license in the PDF. With our current system, it was hard to change this step without missing this release window and I didn’t want to hold it up for a relatively minor issue. Sorry for the redundancy.


4.1.06 At the request of a friend, and to clarify any potential confusion about the requirements — when we say it requires Acrobat or Reader, this means it will not be viewable by non-Adobe PDF viewers. The license click-through is implemented using the Adobe Javascript feature, which isn’t necessarily supported by other viewers. For example, Apple’s Preview application for PDF (which is the default viewer, but you are able to install Reader) will display the advisory about the Reader requirement but cannot show the license click-through or the full document.