IE7 doesn’t open direct links to .swf files

Internet Explorer shows links like this: http://www.paultastic.com/multimedia/AllYourBase.swf (with “.swf” on the end) no more.

Forget about HTML-less method (http://flashpanoramas.com/player/simple) if you want to create a panorama for maximal audiance in web. Use HTML.

This problem is not for .swf files only, any files which need an ActiveX object to play, failed to open with a direct link url in the last version of the Microsoft Internet Explorer: .mov and .3gp for QuickTime, .rm and .ram for RealPlayer and so on…

So, what is the solution if you want to open a link like this: http://www.flashpanoramas.com/player/test/nature.swf? The most popular answer is: “Use Firefox”, I know. But there is another way to make IE 7 to open this url: go to Tools->Internet Options, find the tab “Security”, select icon “Trusted sites”, press button “Sites”, uncheck “Require server verification”, put “http://flashpanorama.com/” to the textfield and press “Add”. This makes the trick. But for single domain only. If you need to open .swf files for a host of domains, ok, use Firefox. :)