Create True Type fonts out of the embedded outlines contained in swf files? It's strange that until today nobody has written a tool to accomplish that, because technically it's pretty easy and it is possible since Flash 2.0. The only hurdle is the True Type format itself because its structure is pretty complicated. Well, finally Burak Kalayci has done it: with the latest update of Actionscript Viewer 4.04 you are able to suck the fonts out of any swf file. My congratulations for being the first. I hope that this development will not turn out to be Pandora's Box.
Theoretically with ASV you are able to harvest all the swfs that are out there and grab all those fonts you want. As a starter for those who are daring I recommend the various websites of online font shops - some of them use flash to demonstrate their fonts, so you can grab the whole package. Of course that's illegal. So don't do this at home.
As long as you just use those outlines in other swf files there will even be no problem with their quality or kerning. If you plan to use them in print they will probably not be 100% perfect as some of the original font's information is missing.
So font developers and foundries will not be overly happy about this. I assume that one of the reasons that you are allowed to embed fonts in swf files for free is that until today it was "impossible" to reconstruct the fonts. With this hurdle now gone, I fear that in the near future with the next font you'll buy you might have to pay an extra license fee if you want to embed it in a Flash file or you might even be not allowed to embed it at all. I wonder what Macromedia thinks about this? John?