Files with the extension .swf are Macromedia Flash files (http://macromedia.com). They are Courtesy of The Red Road (http://www.sci.fi/~leo/). I have included them as I am a graphics nut and I really believe they help a lot of text challenged people, myself included, understand several basic concepts.
I develop on a Macintosh using Office 98. Work is checked for compatibility on a Compaq PC running Windows 98 and Office 2000. The free download version of Quicktime (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/) plays .swf files on both my Compaq peecee and on my Macintosh. The latest version of Quicktime is a ‘beta’ release of version 5 in which Flash is incorporated.
Both computers have Shockwave and the Flash player installed, as well as the latest Quicktime. All are free downloads. There is a Quicktime Pro edition for sale, but you only need the free downloadable version.
On the Macintosh platform, the files ‘play’ in Powerpoint like movies when in the SlideShow mode. On the PeeCee platform they do not. The Macintosh version of Powerpoint handles .swf files as ‘movies’ while the PeeCee does not appear to.