How the End of Flash Affects Articulate Apps and Courses

So we got the email warning that Flash will not continue beyond the end of 2020. We use Studio 13.  The email was unclear about what to do about that, and a query was answered by a link to an article. The article title is the subject of this post.

I gather that we must "Republish in HTML 5". Right, we normally select "Include HTML Output" when publishing (for LMS); is that the same as "Publish in HTML5"?  If not what do we have to do?  As always, the article provides a small fraction of the information we need.  Can anyone out there provide an answer?  It's important to us; we are in the process of transferring ownership and we all need to know exactly what this means. 

By the way, please spare us the pitch about Storyline (360?) is the answer to our prayers. We already know that converting the courses would be laborious and time-consuming........not the simple, quick and easy process claimed.

(And why does Studio 13 disappear from the forum list?) 

3 Replies
Vincent Scoma

Hi Jon,

Happy to help add further clarification!

While Studio ’13 can publish to HTML5 using the Include HTML Output option, the published output for Studio '13 is only supported in:

  • Windows: Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari 6.0.5 or later, Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 6 or later

Another point to consider is that LMS/servers may not allow Flash files to be uploaded any longer. I would recommend checking with your LMS to see if they’ll allow Flash files on their system.

The HTML5 output from Studio 360 is supported in most modern browsers and doesn't have any Flash dependencies, which is why we recommend upgrading to Articulate 360. 

Lastly, Studio ’13 remains a supported product, and within E-Learning Heroes we list the product names individually as Presenter, Quizmaker, and Engage.

Please let us know if you have any other questions!


Tony Mills

That's informative, thanks.  OK, I see why you are recommending Articulate 360. The problem we have with that is that when we tried to convert to Studio 360 in a free trial back in 2018 a lot of functionality and settings were lost and we gave up.  The main UK dealer did not do much better.  I guess we'll have to try again.....have any improvements been made in the last year or so?


Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Jon,

I saw you were also working with my colleague, Eric, in a Support case. I'll try to help answers the questions you asked here and there.

I saw Eric shared he'd be happy to help look into any issues you've had upgrading a Studio '13 file, so if you're able to share one example with him, go ahead and upload on that unique link in his first email to you. You can also see all the updates made to Studio 360 (and the other Articulate 360 tools) within this version history page. 

Studio 360 is one of the many tools included in Articulate 360 and isn't available for a stand-alone subscription. You'll find Studio 360 listed on the Articulate 360 desktop app, and within that, you'd choose the individual authoring app of Presenter, Quizmaker, or Engage. 

Articulate 360 includes everything you need for course authoring, and we have lots of folks who develop in multiple authoring tools depending on the audience of the course. You'll also have access to the Content Library for characters, templates, etc. and our project review tool, Review 360.

Let Eric or I know if you have any other questions!