Effects of Flash and Chrome on Articulate Stories?

Dec 17, 2016

Hi all,

I don't know much about the Flash war with Chrome so I wanted to check in about the future of Articulate Storyline 2.

I saw this article: http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/9/13903878/google-chrome-block-flash-html5

and Articulate's chart about flash enabled features: https://articulate.com/support/article/comparing-storylines-flash-html5-and-articulate-mobile-player-output

Just wanted to make sure that basic publishing to LMS (where the tutorial opens to html) will not be affected by this change.





5 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Aisha,

Storyline 2 still allows for you to publish with Flash and host your content on your web server or LMS. You'll want to confirm that users are accessing the course through a supported Flash browser which are documented here.

Also, since we heard from a number of customers that they were being pushed towards HTML5 only output, we built that into Storyline 360, which is a part of the Articulate 360 suite of tools. You can read a bit more about how you choose that and allow for HTML5 only (or first) output. 

Aisha Conner-Gaten

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for the update. After looking at the Articulate documentation, flash is supported by Google Chrome's latest version. My question is given that Chrome plans to phase out flash based objects as of Feb 2017, won't this affect the storyline projects?

I know you can allow flash but this can be confusing for a lot of users. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Aisha,

If you had included the HTML5 output - that should be served up to customers in Chrome if Flash is disabled. As for what happens come February, I wish I had a crystal ball to say exactly how it would behave - but if I did have one, I'd be using it for better things than Chrome prophecies. ;-) I suspect it would continue to behave as it has when you have Flash disabled on an individual browser basis. 

Aisha Conner-Gaten

Just an update on this thread: Chrome has stopped Flash from playing automatically. At this point users have to Allow both Flash and JAvascript in their settings to view modules made in Articulate Storyline 2.

I will need to explore additional options for this. I don't know if 360 alleviates this problem or not.

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