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Is there a free tool that allows me to convert a Flash entity (like a Flash ad) into an animated GIF image?

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Yeah, I want it animated, of course. –  Vasi Oct 14 '10 at 13:23
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Given the same caveat as Frank there are (apparently) several 3rd party tools that can do this.

SWF Glanda

Squidoo

Aunsoft SWF Converter

Media Convert

Source - word of warning though. That's an old (2008) thread so the products mentioned might not be available any more. However, it might give you a starting point for further searches.

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You can use Adobe Flash CS 5 to save an FLA file as an image. It's free for a trial.

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Does it convert flash to animated gif? –  Vasi Oct 14 '10 at 13:23
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I dont recall. Got to be careful with animated gifs, they can become huge, and gifs never look as great as a png or jpeg because of their color limits. I think adobes tool for animated gifs is Fireworks, although i create them in photoshop with the animation panel. Your best bet for online animation is using some javascript and jquery animate. –  Frank Oct 19 '10 at 12:17
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