Trouble with Flash .swfs and Auto Advance

Writing because I've been assigned to make a variety of edits to an Articulate presentation that consists entirely of Flash .swf files inserted into slides and then published. The trouble we're having is getting some of these slides to auto advance to the next slide after the Flash file is done playing. 

I've tried the trick to insert the .swfs as Web Objects using the tutorial on this site, but that doesn't work because then the slide automatically advances at the end of the time duration (in this case 5 seconds inserted just to fill space). I'd just set the slide duration to the time of the individual Flash file, but they're not all timed the same--some are one or two minutes, others closer to ten. There doesn't seem to be a way to individually set duration times for the slides. 

While all the Flash files display correctly and function fine, some of them end and then the user is required to push next to move forward even though that's not what we want. It's set at Advance Automatically in the Slide Properties menu, and we do have some .swfs that ARE progressing automatically, with no apparent difference with those that don't. 

To distill it into a question: How do I get my slides to auto advance after the Flash files are done playing?

Thomas W.

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Richard Wagoner

Like Thomas' slides mine are simply Flash files in a slide that don't run properly.

I've got the reverse problem. My slides advance before the movie is finished. I've set the sync slide and movie

and tried the slide properties>slide advance by user trick to no avail.

Publishing for the Web - everything works fine

Publishing for an LMS - the sync is off

Any other pointers would be helpful.

BTW I'm doing a product evaluation.......

Peter Anderson

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Jeff Schlaybach

Thanks Leslie,

I had seen that tutorial and it basically means the lost of control in '13 compared to the '09 tool.

We've just yanked our Studio 2013 install and went back to '09. There were just took many features lost in your latest version. Perhaps a 2014 2013.r1 version will be better and we can take another look.

Erika Lopes

Hi, I have a similar issue. I've inserted a Flash game I've programmed into my training module and removed the NEXT/BACK buttons for that slide so users can play the interactive exercise at their own pace. When I get to the end of my game, though, how do I do one of the following 2 things:

- make the BACK/NEXT buttons show up on my presentation so users can click to advance


- advance to the next slide automatically via Flash ActionScript

I appreciate any help. I've watched lots of tutorials and read foruns but can't find a solution to this.


Nelson Diaz

You could have a button appear at the end of the video (or flash animation) to allow the userto advance to the next slide (or any other slide) when clicked. To do this, add a powerpoint object (button,rectangle, etc.)to the slide, label it and add a hyperlink to go to the next slide (or any slide number). Next, add an animation to the object (the "appear" animation works great). Import your video, or flash into the slide and you should be good to go. The video (or flash)is placedon the topmost layer of the slide, so italways play first.The animated button appears whenthe video or flash comes to an end,to allow advancing to another slide.

Jeff Schlaybach

Thanks for the idea, but I think it is probably just "simpler" as a temporary work-around, to insert the interactive SWF as a Web Object, and place a message/button at the end of the video to tell the student to click the "Next" button on the '13 play/see bar, and include a native play-bar in the Web Object. (We do this for other interactive demos built with AS3 enabled tools since we could not insert them into '09).

None of this would be an issue if Articulate would restore the previous '09 behavior to their new player. An in '13, when inserting a interactive SWF as a video to attempt to gain some synchronization between the SWF and the play-bar, you are stymied since there is no fixed time for playing this back and no audio reported to Articulate for that slide, so the play-bar finishes in 5 seconds (my default) and adding a 'silence' track to that slide is worthless since you don't know how long the user will take to complete the demo.

None of this was an issue when inserting a SWF, built from AS2 Captivate files, and should not be an issue with AS3 Captivate SWF file insertion. The behavior should have stayed the same in the '13 player!! Feature requests to Articulate were sent last Feb when we first tried '13, but update 4 does not address this issue.

This lost feature may again be the 'Achilles heel' that prevents us from moving from '09 to '13.