Publishing Course as Flash File

Feb 18, 2015

Hello developers,

I just had a question that's been bugging me for a while now. Adobe Captivate allows you to publish your course into a single Flash file. This opens up myriad avenues for publishing and broadcasting your courses on the web (the Google drive option for Storyline is a little cumbersome). Is there any such feature planned for Articulate Storyline? More importantly, does any workaround already exist, to achieve this result? Needless to say, I do want to retain all my interactivities as I would in Captivate, and not just create a video montage of my course slides. Any help appreciated. 

13 Replies
Michael Hinze

I'm not quite sure what the problem is though. You mentioned 'publishing and broadcasting your courses on the web'. If you plan to make content available ON THE WEB, e.g. host content on a some server, why would you care if the published content consists of one file or several? No matter if the content is one file or many, users would only access ONE URL. Am I missing something?


Hi Michael and Ashley,

Appreciate your helpful responses. The problem in using Drive currently for me is that I'm trying to embed a couple of courses on page on a website that has additional contents as well.

Anyhow, I've filled out the feature request form. Hop the feature i s added in some future release.

As always, this forum was a great help. Thanks.

Tom Hanninen

I'm curious, why do people prefer Articulate? I've always been a Captivate user and have never tried Articulate. Articulate is $1400 and Captivate is $20 a month. That would take over 5 years to pay for Articulate and in that time I'm sure a few updates would take place. Is the higher cost of Articulate worth it? Is there that big of a difference? 


David Tait

I'm not a die-hard advocate of any particular piece of software, nor am I a fan-boy of any one software developer so I hope my opinions are viewed as unbiased. In my time I've developed in both Captivate and Articulate.

I worked with Captivate before picking up Articulate and have to say that I found Captivate to be extremely frustrating. I thought that some of the long-winded workarounds that I had to use to achieve what I considered to be basic functionality were very inefficient in terms of time and money. Don't get me wrong, Captivate is a very powerful piece of software but the learning curve is greater and the results, as with anything, improve when used by a professional.

My experience with Storyline has been a lot more positive so far. Yes, it has a few things I'd like to refine but on the whole it allows me to achieve quite complex results with ease when compared to Captivate. In my opinion Storyline is more suitable for beginners than Captivate is due to the lesser learning curve but is also powerful enough for professional users to create some excellent courses.

Only you can answer whether Storyline is worth the extra investment (or up-front investment) as this depends entirely on your circumstances and what you want to achieve.

If you've never tried Storyline why don't you download the free trial, you never know, you might find the answer you're looking for!


Hi Tom,

Just to reinforce the unanimous suggestion, download the free trial. I was using Captivate for the last 5 years, and had used a fair bit of Presenter and Lectora too, but when I got Storyline, I found it drastically more intuitive than any other tool and have loved it ever since. I'm not saying you'll come to the same realization, but at least you'll have the opportunity to make an informed decision.

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