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.a3w File Extension

Developer: Adobe Systems
File type: Authorware 3 Windows File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .a3w. Files with the file extension .a3w can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .a3w files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .a3w file?

The Authorware 3 application can be used to develop e-learning applications integrated with media-rich content. This program was developed by Macromedia, which was later acquired by Adobe Systems, and this was when Macromedia already completed development for version 7 of the Authorware software. The Authorware 3 application uses files stored in the .a3w extension as an unpackaged Authorware development project output file for Microsoft Windows-based systems, similar to files in the .a3m extension for Mac platforms. These A3W files are editable versions of Authorware 3 projects and are yet to be packaged and finalized for distribution. These A3M and A3W files can be shared with other users who have the Authorware 7 application installed in their Mac or Microsoft Windows-based systems, making these file formats useful for groupware application development of Authorware 3 projects. These A3W files are classified as data files and are also referred to as Authorware 3 Windows files.

how to open a .a3w file?

Launch a .a3w file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .a3w file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .a3w files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .a3w file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .a3w file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .a3w file association errors

applications that open a .a3w file

Adobe Authorware 7 for Microsoft Windows

Adobe Authorware 7 for Microsoft Windows

Adobe Authorware 7 for Microsoft Windows is a visual authoring software for earlier versions of Windows, which include Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows NT4 and Windows 98 Second Edition. This program is made for creating interactive programs with the ability to integrate various multi-media contents, specifically rich media e-learning applications. It is a program that is originally based on the default function as a graphical programming language. Yet, this version can import Microsoft PowerPoint, and access contents in different ways by navigating tabs and turning text into speech. This program is also a learning management systems or LMS standard compliant. The flowchart model of this software is different from other Adobe authoring tools, but relies on a time-line, script and visual stage structure. It is compatible for Windows computers with at least Internet Explorer 4.0 or Netscape 4.0, or later versions of both, Intel Pentium processor equivalent or higher, and 32 MB RAM availability.
Adobe Authorware 7 for Mac

Adobe Authorware 7 for Mac

Adobe Authorware 7 for Mac is a visual authoring software that is based on its original development from Macromedia as a graphical programming language tool. It is the program intended for the creation of interactive e-learning applications with the functionalities to integrate different multimedia contents. This product complies with LMS standards or learning management system standards, exclusively for Web use, presentations in CDs and DVDs, or networks. There are various features bundled with the program, which mostly depend on a time-line, visual stage and script structure. These include import of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, LMS knowledge objects, as well as accessible contents through navigation of tabs and the switching of text into speech. All these are new features found in Authorware 7.02, which works with Mac OS X of at least version 10.1.5 or 8.6 with Internet Explorer 5.0 or a more updated version, Netscape 4.0, or Apple Safari with 32 MB RAM availability.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .a3w files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .a3w. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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