How to Use HeroMachine Locally

Hi all, with big thanks to HeroMachiner Eric Bowling, here's how you can use HeroMachine outside of your browser. Adobe has said they're going to be force uninstalling the Flash Player (the standalone player basically) but I don't know that applies to this particular version.

Basically you download a local Flash Player application, then put in the URL for a .swf file (a compiled Flash object, which is what HeroMachine uses) and it plays. I've tried it on my Mac with HM3 and HM2 and it seems to work like a champ. You'll still need an Internet connection but if this goes well I may bundle up the files and make them available online so you could truly run it all locally. We'll just have to see, I don't want to sell people something and then BAM Adobe force uninstalls the Flash Players and it no longer works.

Anyway, the article explaining how to get the Standalone Flash Player Debugger is at – install the one relevant to your Operating System.

Once the Flash Player Debugger is installed per the instructions in that article, launch the Flash Player Debugger and go to "File -> Open Location". This is where you type in the URL to a .swf file. Here are the ones for HeroMachine so you can just copy and paste:

For fun, here are the URLs for some of the hardly-ever-used versions:

CAVEATS: The "Export as an image" function in HM3 will NOT work. Saving as a text file will. 

I think that's pretty much it. Let me know if you run into issues with this, though honestly, there's not a lot I can do since I can't edit the source files any more and I can't control what Adobe does with their players.

Flash End of Life and maybe HeroMachine as well

Update: Check this post for instructions on how to keep using HeroMachine in a local Flash Player Debugger.

Flash has reached its End of Life and HeroMachine no longer works. Thank you for your support over the years and for your interest.

I have paid thousands of dollars and worked for 2+ years for a replacement but alas, it is not yet done. I've investigated replacements for Flash that would allow it to remain operational, but they haven't worked out.

We'll continue to work behind the scenes to see if we can complete the work that's been done so far but clearly, my promises are worth very little right now. I'm devastated and so sorry that we weren't able to bring this thing in for a landing in time.

I'm proud that for 20+ years, this site has enabled people to bring their inner creativity to life. I feel like I've lost a bit of my soul today and I am so, so sorry to have let you all down.

Check back occasionally and / or join the Facebook group ( for any future updates.

All the best, and please keep on creating.


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Nerdmudgeon: Earth's Mightiest Podcast!

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CDC #485

Due to posting issues while the site "unflashes" I am postponing the next CDC until next week. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

Character Design Challenge #484 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part2 – Results

This week's winner is AMS

The stance and detail are just amazing!

Your prize will be posted to the blog later this week.

Character Design Challenge #484 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part2 – Extended

Due to updates on the main site, I have decided to extend the end date of this week's CDC. I want to make sure that everyone who wants to enter has, and that comments posted on the blog page are visible by all.
So CDC #484 will now end on Sunday, November 29th.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Character Design Challenge #483 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part1 – Prize for AMS

Congrats again on the win.

Site Outage planned for Thursday at Midnight PST to about 2am.

We're doing some maintenance on the site to prepare for the non-Flash version of HeroMachine, so the site will be down this Thursday, November 19, from midnight to about 2am Pacific Time.

Thanks for your patience!

Character Design Challenge #484 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part2

The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character.
This week we tackle the villain’s leader. Maniac Maxine
Real Name: Dr. Maxine Grant
Planet of origin: Earth
Powers: Extreme intelligence, twisted sense of humor.
Weapons: carries “The Disruptor”, a gun which disrupts synaptic activity in the victim and causes psychotropic hallucinations.
The winning entrant will receive my HM3 version of who I imagine lives in this terrifying home .
The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:
Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters.No characters based on Official RPG NPC's ( Non-Player Characters ). Please keep all submissions PG13. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.
All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art, or whatever); Do NOT use Photobucket
• Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
• Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).
This contest will close on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00pm Eastern

Character Design Challenge #483 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part1 – Results

Awesome turn out this week.
Honorable mentions go to...

You really nailed the Golden Age inspiration. Well done.

Nice mask and emblem.
Runner up this week goes to...

Love the whole medical vibe. Very creative
And the win goes to...
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