Adobe Animate

Version 8 of Macromedia's Flash animation program.

Application Details:

Version: Flash 8
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.9

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

(Almost) Everything. 

What does not

When closing all documents, the welcome screen does not show.


Click the 2 square icon on the tabbed documents bar. Close documents one by one.

What was not tested

Anything a game dev does in Flash. I am an animator.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Unknown
  • Driver: unknown

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 21.04 "Hirsute" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 24 20216.9Yes Yes YesGoldAleph Diallo 
ShowLinux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" x86_64Dec 19 20172.21-stagingYes Yes YesGoldTeheeFB 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 05 20101.3.4Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 17 20101.1.42Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 5.x "Lenny" x86_64Feb 18 20101.1.38Yes Yes PlatinumMaciek 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
44051 Rendering compressed .avi outputs error on program or crashes it UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes


2013-05-03 Admin note: the instructions below are old and may not apply to current Wine. They are being left here for the benefit of anyone who may wish to test and/or update them.

 After a few hours of trying I got Macromedia Flash 8 to work with thecurrently most recent version of wine. It took some time because the originalinstaller fails with various "FixMe" wine errors.

So instead I started upWindows XP in a VMware workstation and used a tracker to compare snapshots ofthe windows registry and the file system.

After installing Flash, I couldtrace which files were installed and copy them to the correspondingdirectories in the ~/.wine/drive_c/ structure.

I'm using absolute paths here.
Of course look for the equivalents of your windows installation, for example if you use a different language.

copy the Macromedia folder from c:Documents and Settings/All Users/Application Data -> windows/profiles/All Users/Application Data/*

copy the folders Macromed and QuickTime from
c:windows/system32 -> windows/system32/*
c:Program Files/Common Files/Macromedia -> program files/Common Files/Macromedia/*
c:Program Files/Macromedia -> program files/Macromedia/

These are all files installed by the Flash installer.
Now you only need thecorrect registry entries.
I'm not 100% sure about some video components butbasic Flash functions work with the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Macromedia/key.
Note that you have to correct the WinXP paths to the wine equivalents.
Also, Windows XP exports the .reg file in UCS-2 encoding while wine doesn'tlike that.
You can convert it with "$ recode ucs-2..ascii yourfile.reg".Here's what my .reg file looks like:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMacromediaCommon Files]@="""emlaunch.dll"="C:Program FilesCommon FilesMacromediaemlaunch.dll""gemstone.dll"="C:Program FilesCommon FilesMacromediagemstone.dll""extensions.dll"="C:Program FilesCommon FilesMacromediaextensions.dll"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMacromediaExtension Manager][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMacromediaExtension Manager1.7][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMacromediaExtension Manager1.7Installation]@="""InstallPath"="C:Program FilesMacromediaExtension Manager""Language"="En""Default Editor For"="mxi,mxp"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMacromediaFlash8Installation]"InstallPath"="C:Program FilesMacromediaFlash 8""HelpPath"="C:windowsprofilesAll UsersApplication DataMacromediaFlash 8enConfiguration"[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMacromediaFLVEncoder]@=""
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMacromediaFLVEncoder1Installation]"InstallPath"="C:Program FilesMacromediaFlash 8 Video Encoder""LangCode"="en"

You can import this with "wine regedit yourfile.reg".

Help system: Now Flash itself should work though the help system is based on the InternetExplorer ActiveX control.
You either need IE running in the same environmentor the Mozilla control as a replacement which can be obtained here:

For installing the mozilla control itself, you need the Visual C++ 6redistributable package:

That's about all.Wolfgang Frisch,


Thanks Wolfgang to point on the help system. Is so important.

NOTE ( from Sorin - to developers and other peoples that want to help find a workaround for large files handling ) I try Flash 8.0 Professional Trial with any new wine release. All OK. But on large files ( larger than 1 mb - many objects on library, many mc's ) Flash work slow - I see they put their own dll's ( gdiplus.dll, etc) on instalation folder - I think to solve the same problems under windows.

Can we find wich dll's must be used instead of wine dll's ? - to solve this one and for ever ?.

Respect for all,

Sorin -

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