Adobe Animate

Version 8 of Macromedia's Flash animation program.

Application Details:

Version: Flash 8
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.13-staging

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Test Results

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What works

Installation process is smooth, inserting the serial number works like in windows (you can copy/paste it from any linux textedit aplication e.g. gedit, kate, and it is inserted correctly in all the textbox fields)

Aplications starts much faster comparing to Windows XP or Vista.

Loading *.fla files is fast I would say faster then in Windows, tested on a project with 1600 movieclips/file size 13MB.

Actionscript 1.0/2.0 with no problems, Animations, MovieClip creation etc with no problem,

The work with Library is better, it is more snapier then in Windows... Also Compilation is faster (tested on the same project 13MB fla with 1600 movieclips...).

Runs with no problems with compiz enabled...

What does not

Query search in Context help, when you insert a search query, the engine finds it, but when you select a query item the help freezes the entire application, bug was reported as bug n.14149

There is some weird behaviour of the windows, when you have the standard layout of the workspace there are no problems, but when you begin move or detach the window toolbars they become sort of lost, and disappear or are floating and can not be selected. This can be solved to some issue, starting the application in window mode of wine..


What was not tested

Video manipulation, flv creation/work with large video files...

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

There is a nasty memory leak.. After having flash 8 running for more then hour a after many compilations the size of allocated memory rises form starting 155Mb to over 300Mb, with the result of very poor perfomance (compilation, selecting movie clips). Solution close the app ans starting it a new solves the problem. This problem is present in Windows too, but somehow Windows keeps Flash 8 at bay, "allowing" allocate the memory to max 280MB

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowantiX Linux 21 ‘Grup Yorum’Aug 09 20238.13-stagingYes Yes YesSilverAleph Diallo 
ShowUbuntu 21.04 "Hirsute" (+ 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 

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, [email protected]


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 - [email protected]

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