Operating system and browser incompatibility issues are making it increasingly difficult to play Adobe Animate swf files. As a result this powerful animation program is becoming increasingly passé. A file sharing site like figshare poses a powerful opportunity for reversing this trend. However for it to fulfill its potential it must be user friendly. Because swf preview is not currently supported, when a user clicks a link to an swf they get a message that it's not supported. If they drill down they can figure out how to download the file, but hurdles like this always discourage use. If figshare could start supporting swf previews it would be a tremendous contribution to the educational and scientific communities.