The true Impact of Flash being sunset

In any adobe discussion group regarding flash, we are repeatedly told that December 2020 is the absolute cutoff for flash browser support.  What does this mean when there are .swf files within articulate exports?  are .swf files that are internal to applications safe?  Or do all articulate exports with .swf files need to be reoutput sooner rather than later?



Evan Kreeger

Manager - OL Applied Industrial Technologies

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Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Evan,

Our team is continuing to keep this discussion on What we're Doing About Flash updated, and I've included the most recent update from Justin below:

We’ve known that Flash has been on its way out for some time. To make sure we’re ready, we’ve been working hard to build tools that’ll fit your needs today and in the future.
We’ve been shifting to HTML5 for several years. That’s why Articulate 360 and Storyline 3 have HTML5-first or HTML5-only publishing options! That’ll make it easy for you to create e-learning that relies only on HTML5. You can read a bit more about our shift towards HTML5 here.
For your existing courses, you have a couple of options:
  • If you included HTML5 as a part of the published output, you can point to that directly over the Flash version and make sure your users are viewing the course in a supported HTML5 browser. Here’s how.
  • You can update your courses using Storyline 360 and publish for HTML5 only.
Currently, Articulate 360, Storyline 3, and Studio ‘13 rely on Flash for authoring. We’re committed to eliminating our use of Flash from current products well before 2020, though, and we’ll keep you posted on our new updates in E-Learning Heroes.

We also released Storyline 360, build 3.30.19518.0 today, which included a couple of fixes for lingering SWF files when publishing to HTML5 only and using a logo. So that latest update should help with that one issue.

Let us know if there are any others you've run into or questions you have on Flash! 

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Evan,

Great news for you today - Storyline 3 is officially Flash-free! You'll now see an HTML5 preview in the player properties windows. It no longer relies on Flash. And that means Storyline 3 is officially Flash-free. You can still publish Flash output, but the Flash Player isn’t required to use Storyline 3. Learn more here. 

The same is true for Storyline 360 as of Update 32, and you can read more about it here.