Adobe Flash animations are often produced in form of SWF (Shockwave Flash) files. These files are embedded inside webpages in form of animations, games, videos and other rich media. Some of the these websites also allow you to download these games or animations in form of SWF files. The way you can run SWF files on your local computer is by creating a local HTML page and embedding the downloaded SWF file inside it. For a web developer this is nothing, but for other people it can be a daunting task. If you do not want to create a webpage just to run the SWF file, then you can use the free Flash Builder application to turn your SWF files into EXE files that can be run easily in Windows.
The Flash Builder application is designed by the SZ Development team and can convert any SWF file into a Windows executable file. It allows you to set a custom icon and splash screen to the resulting application. After the installation you can launch Flash Builder from its desktop shortcut.
In the Flash Builder window, you have to select the SWF file that you want to convert into an EXE file. You can choose any custom icon for the resulting EXE file. You can also choose a JPEG image file to be used as the splash screen that appears when you run the EXE file. After this you can click on the Build button and it will immediately generate the EXE file in the same folder where the SWF file exists.
Now you can double-click on the generated EXE file and it will play the SWF file inside a borderless, translucent window. Some of the games related SWF files may not run well using this method, but it works very well with animations and videos.
Conclusion: The Flash Builder application allows you to easily convert SWF files into the Windows executable files (EXE files). This way you do not have to create an HTML webpage just to run the SWF files, but you can double-click on the generated EXE files to run it.
You can download Flash Builder from http://thesz.diecru.eu/content/flash.php.