Authorware is old. EOD'd, in fact now.
It's native support only officially handles Flash 6. Flash 7 usually
works fine if nothing 'fancy' (i.e. new components) has been added to
the SWF. Flash 8 and above, however, pretty much aren't going to work at
all in Authorware *using the native sprite*.
However, if you add the Shockwave Flash ActiveX control to your
flowline, that uses the same control as IE does. So as long as your user
has the Flash IE player on their machine, you can load whatever SWF
version that player supports.
Working with the ActiveX control is a bit more tricky. Check the ActiveX
example in your Authorware 7\ShowMe directory for an example...
The biggest downside to the ActiveX approach is those SWFs are 'always
on top'. Makes for good playback but you can't layer anything on top of
those SWFs unfortunately (except maybe other ActiveX controls, which
causes lots of flickering).
I've been creating SWF's in Flash v6 (I think it was v6) and they worked fine
in AW 7. I now have Studio 8 and can't get them to open in AW7 without saving
as the earlier version. Does anyone know why it does not work or if AW needs
an update to get the Flash 8's to work in AW as a Version 8 SWF?:confused;