RA is a streaming audio file category format designed to play audio over a wide area network. The RA (RealAudio) file format was developed by RealNetworks in the mid-90s of the last century. The file itself contains encoded audio information, but it may also contain links to audio content. It may contain audio data or reference an audio streaming file. In order to compress the data, they use their own Real compression algorithm with a variable bitrate, as well as a variety of codecs. The .ra file format is a common format required to play streaming audio on the Internet. Real Audio is a standard format for playing audio clips in a web browser. As a rule, they use the RealOne Player to play it. However, due to the fact that it is completely unsuitable and clogged with advertising, they recommend the RealAlternative package. Previously, most radio stations broadcasting online used this particular format. Also until 2009, the format was used on its website by BBC. Currently, the RA format is not so popular among those who broadcast online, since new technologies have already been introduced.
SWF is a flash animation file format created as a flash development application. In particular, for Adobe Flash. Users of the global network had to watch advertising animations when the picture “comes to life” and changes, you just have to point the arrow of the manipulator on it. This format has gained great popularity in the global network, because it uses videos and banners, as well as special flash-games. Such files usually contain text or animation, in which there are inserts of vector, bitmap images, audio tracks, as well as scripts in the Action Script language. This extension belongs to the category of video files. This format was created in 1995 by the Future Wave Software group of Americans. At that time, Future Splash Animator had the SPL extension. A year has passed. Macromedia bought the extension rights and gave the application a new name - Macromedia Flash. And then, in 2005, this company was acquired by Adobe. It was then that the beginning of the modern history of this expansion was laid. In order to open files with the extension SWF (Small Web Format), you need a special application Adobe Flash Player or a web browser that works with Flash technology. In the browser, Goggle Chrome is a built-in flash player, and therefore there is no need to install anything additionally. Anyone who uses a browser, say Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and others, must install the Adobe Flash module. Creating a SWF file will require Adobe Flash (Professional or Builder).