Protecting Documents 2.9

Protecting documents

Download free SWF Convertor


The instructions below explain how you can download and use this free utility. It has been tested on PWA systems.

  1. Start up a web browser.
  2. Type in to the Address bar: - or pick the hyperlink to open the site in a new tab.
  3. Click DOWNLOAD from the menu.
  4. Click on the most recent exe file e.g.Download most recent exe file
  5. A dialog should appear asking if you would like to save the exe file. Click [Save File] and save somewhere you will no where to find the file (e.g. your Downloads folder).
  6. Start My Computer or Windows Explorer to locate the downloaded exe file.
  7. Double-click on it to install. An alert will appear. You need to select [Run]
    Run SWFTOOLS exe to install

  8. The SWFTOOLS installation screen will appear. You will be prompted to agree to their license, which is a GNU license, authorising free installation of this product on to your PC. Click [Next >] to agree.
    Agree to SWFTOOLS GNU license

  9. You will be asked for an installation location and user setting.
    It is important you select 'Install only for the current user'.
    Also use the [Browse...] button to navigate to a folder under your User folder (C:\users\<yourname>). You can create a new folder if you like at the same time. See the example below:
    Alter installation dirctory and user settings
  10. Select [Next >] to install.
  11. Required Disk space will be displayed. Select [Next >] to continue. A progress bar will show the progress of the installation.
  12. You will be prompted for whether you want a Shortcut created and a Office Start Menu entry. Leave ticked.
    Complete installation

  13. Press [Finish] to complete the installation.
  14. Go to your Desktop and double-click the SWFTools shortcut icon to start SWFTools. SWFTools shortcut
  15. The application will open. Use the Open icon (or <CTRL>o) to open the PDF you wish to convert.
  16. Make sure that the conversion setting is set to 'convert everything to bitmaps'.
    SWFTools application
  17. Press the Save icon (or go to File > Save SWF > All pages)
  18. Enter a name and make sure you know the location that the SWF is being saved to.
  19. Log in to eCampus and enter the course you need to add the resource to.
  20. Press [Turn editing on]
  21. Either drag & drop the SWF file to the section you want it in or use + Add an activity or resource to add a File, which is the SWF file, to your course. You may wish to use the Appearance > Display settings to display the SWF in a full sized pop-up, as shown below.
    Appearance settings

NoteNOTE: There are accessibility issues with SWF files. Screen readers will not work. Also, Apple products don't support Flash so won't display them (e.g. Macs, iPads, iPhones).

Only use SWF as a last resort where Copyright protection requires it!

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