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My Google-fu has turned out to be too low in this case, what is "projector" in the following context?

It seems to be a particular kind of software or file judging from http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html:

"Your rights to use any Flash player, projector, standalone player, plug-in, runtime or ActiveX control provided to you ..."

But what is it exactly?

Or is there a product called Flash Projector (or Adobe Projector)?

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A "projector" in Flash is a .swf file fused together with a player as a single executable file.

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@Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams: Thanks. Do you have a reference? –  Peter Mortensen Jul 28 '10 at 11:15
    
Other than my ancient Director and Flash knowledge? Nope. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 28 '10 at 11:18
    
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash says: "incorporated into a self-executing Projector movie (with the .exe extension in Microsoft Windows).". Why it is a proper noun ("Projector")? Is there a program called Projector that creates projector files? –  Peter Mortensen Jul 28 '10 at 11:19
    
No, the option for generating a projector is built into the authoring tools. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 28 '10 at 11:21
    
Yes, I think you are right. It is two distinct things: projector files (only created by authoring tools) and then Flash Projector (can not create projector files) which can play Flash content. From animation.about.com/od/faqs/f/faq_projector.htm: "The Flash projector, however, is a standalone executable that allows you to run Flash content from your desktop without any plugins or additional players." –  Peter Mortensen Jul 28 '10 at 11:34
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