.SPL File Extension

A .SPL file is a FutureSplash Animation, created by N/A.

Open with Adobe Flash Player (Discontinued). Available for Windows and Mac.

What is a .SPL file?

The file extension .SPL stands for FutureSplash Animation. This type of file was originally created using a program called FutureWave FutureSplash Animator, which was an early version of what later became Adobe Flash. The animations made with FutureSplash Animator are compatible with Adobe Flash Player.

The .SPL file contains animation data that can be played or viewed using software that supports Flash content. However, it's important to note that the primary programs that were used to open and work with .SPL files, such as Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Flash Professional CC, have been discontinued. This means they are no longer being updated or supported by Adobe.

Despite the discontinuation of these programs, .SPL files can still be found and might need to be opened. Users might encounter difficulties in finding compatible software that can handle these files due to the phasing out of Flash technology.

Additionally, it's worth mentioning that in the context of Windows operating systems, the .SPL file extension is also associated with a different type of file used in printing. When a print job is submitted in Windows, an .SPL file is saved in the directory C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS\. This file represents the spooled print job. Windows also creates an .SHD file, known as a "shadow" file, in the same directory. This shadow file contains settings for the print job and can be used to resubmit the job if it gets interrupted.

In summary, .SPL files can refer to either FutureSplash animations or spooled print files in Windows. For animations, finding a program that can open .SPL files might be challenging due to the discontinuation of Flash-related software. For print spooling, the files are handled automatically by the Windows operating system.


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