Photo-thwart. Uh-huh. Flash, flash, flash.
May 23, 2010 2:56 PM   Subscribe

Grrr. I'm trying to capture these photos and having a heck of a time. Help?

I've read this question from 2006 and I've been trying to follow along. Here's what I've got so far:

1. I have the decompiler mentioned (trial version).
2. I downloaded the file AS3Multiloader.swf from the NYTimes, betting that this file is a loader and if I decompile it I can find the .swf's that lead to the actual flash animation, decompile them, then get to and save the images. I decompiled the first .swf and... now I'm lost.

What am I missing/looking for? What's the next step that's obvious to you but I'm missing?

Yeah, I know I should just take a screen capture and call it a day, but I'm going for a geek merit badge here. And no, I'm not going to do anything untoward with the photos, I just love the clothes.
posted by Vavuzi to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: You don't need to bother with flash at all. If you look at the source code for this page, you will see the following link:

If you view this link, you will see other links such as
which is the first image you're interested in. The other links are obtained by replacing the "1" by "2", etc.
posted by aroberge at 3:12 PM on May 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Go here. Save all the .jpg files (copy--paste the URLs, then save images from there)
posted by prenominal at 3:12 PM on May 23, 2010

Response by poster: OK, so you both get a best answer and I hang my head in shame.

Followup: I see how you found the source code (thanks, Firefox!), but how did you know that this:

was the link I'd need? What's the tip-off? (I know I'm a pest, but I'm trying to learn what makes the intertube plumbing work. Just curious.)
posted by Vavuzi at 5:12 PM on May 23, 2010

It just seemed the right thing to try ("slideshow" in the url). In any case, for situations like this, I always look for embedded urls and see if they can lead to something interesting...
posted by aroberge at 5:34 PM on May 23, 2010

Many Flash interfaces use external data sources which are fed into Flash with XML. This is very useful because you don't have to create a different Flash file each time your content changes, you only edit the XML. Most Flash slideshows work this way.
posted by clearlydemon at 6:14 PM on May 23, 2010

One way to view what is loaded into a webpage is to use an extension that follows the network traffic. I like HttpFox, which works with Firefox. Enable it, and click start, and load the page fresh, you should see all the component files flutter by as network traffic. I loaded the page in question and I can then filter for the string "jpg" which gives me the file list, or I can filter on "xml" which gives me the same xml url mentioned by Vavusi:
posted by artlung at 6:30 PM on May 23, 2010

The website is really simple, so I just followed the source code until I saw a URL that looked like it could be the data for the slideshow. If it was a more complex website, obviously this approach would not have worked.
posted by prenominal at 6:59 PM on May 23, 2010

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