Article -- Firefox blocks Flash, and Facebook calls for its death. Will our courses still work properly if Flash goes away?

I saw this article this afternoon:

Firefox blocks Flash, and Facebook calls for its death
http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/14/technology/flash-firefox-facebook/index.html

If Flash goes away, what will happen to the courses we already created?  Will they stop working properly? Articulate's best features rely heavily on Flash. 

Thanks in advance!
Brooke

19 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi all,

If you're using Firefox, you may find that your Articulate content doesn't launch as expected. You may see a message that the Flash plugin is vulnerable and has been blocked.

Firefox blocked Flash Player versions 18.0.0.194 to 18.0.0.203 by default for security reasons.

The good news is you have several options to solve or work around this issue as described here.

Steve G

I'm starting to get nervous about the issue the Brooke raised above as well.  Could you please let us know what the plan is at Articulate to address the eventual demise of Flash?  Over the years we've created hundreds of modules in Presenter, SL1 and now SL2.  I'm starting to get questions from our users about the plan and don't have a good answer. 

I know this is a big question, and I'm not looking for the complete answer just yet, but I would like to hear from Articulate that this is being addressed and when we might expect some guidance.

Thank you.
Steve

Kyle Main

Currently you can export your course with HTML5 and take the HTML5 version instead of the story.html version, and name the HTML5 version as index.html.  This way no one will get the Flash version and every user will get the HTML5 version.  

I don't do this yet, but I created a project for Facebook, and the HTML5 version was great on My Iphone, so I bet it would be okay on FireFox that blocks Flash, and other pc/mac browsers.  

Just a thought.

Leslie McKerchie

Hi John!

The following article compares the Articulate Storyline features that are supported in Flash, HTML5, and the Articulate Mobile Player app (AMP). We recommend using this article during the planning and development stages of your e-learning projects for the best results in the environments you're targeting.

Leslie McKerchie

Hey Steve! Well, fast response, but unfortunately not much more information to offer outside of what Ashley shared above. Our team is aware (and working hard) and we do have the HTML5 publishing/support now. As you can see in the comparison doc I shared above the specs are matching up much better through the updates.

We will be sure to keep you informed via the forums, blogs, and articles here on our site. I am sure you are aware we do not release timelines or product roadmaps in advance, so stay tuned.

Brian Allen

We're primarily an IE shop where I work, except overseas.  Not too much worry for us as far as Flash goes in the near future, but nonetheless we put in place some best practice publishing guidelines for the last year and a half where we publish everything out of Storyline for both Flash and HTML5.  This way, if we should ever arrive at a day where Flash is truly dead, a lot of our older content should still be functional, if not completely fully functional.

Because much of what we publish out of Storyline goes into our LMS, we never publish for the Articulate Mobile player.