Animate can import the SWF file format. However, the SWF is a rendered file, and many types of data inside the SWF cannot be reimported into Animate.
The SWF format is a special compressed format designed for small file size and scalability. To maintain this file size, a number of items inside your original Animate format are compressed into data that Animate cannot reimport.
If you've selected "Protect from Import" when creating the SWF, Animate will not be able to reimport the file. Attempting to import a protected SWF causes an error dialog to appear.
We recommend that you save the document in the regular Animate FLA format before exporting the file to the Flash Player SWF format, or any other file format. This allows you to open and edit your original file at a later time.
Opening a SWF (File > Open) opens the movie in Test Movie mode.
Importing a SWF (File > Import) has the following results:
Available third-party tools allow users to edit a rendered SWF to a certain degree, as well as remove the protection tags if authors accidentally lose their work and need to reimport the SWF. These tools are not made by Adobe, and carry no guarantees. In addition, they are only mentioned in the context of helping authors regain their own work; the potential for abuse still remains.