What we’re doing about Flash

You may have heard that Adobe is phasing out support for Flash in 2020. 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 well before 2020, though, and we’ll keep you posted on our new updates in E-Learning Heroes.

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Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Yakov, 

Storyline 2 content may be unusable if you had published without HTML5, and you view in a browser which no longer allows Flash content. A lot of the browsers have started to disable Flash by default, but you can always choose to enable it. Also, Flash support is ending in 2020 - it's not likely to be fully gone from any and all internet sites by than (the Flash support isn't specific to Articulate). 

If you'd like to look at using Storyline 3, I'd suggest starting a trial here. You'll be able to open your Storyline 2 courses in Storyline 3 and choose to publish for HTML5 only (or HTML5 first, Flash fallback). 

Hope that helps !

Karen Siugzda

I'm currently creating courses in Storyline 2 and the customer will be adding them to their LMS in a few months. I'm concerned that once Flash goes away, the courses I built in SL2 will not have proper functionality in HTML 5, as you currently say that SL2 only supports Chrome and Safari for HTML5.

It's great that the course will auto detect that Flash is not available and display the HTML5 version, but if the course doesn't run well, that's not acceptable. (in IE and FireFox)

How can we ensure that all HTML5 versions of content, generated with SL2, will work in browsers once Flash is gone?


Does SL3 fully support HTML 5 in all browsers?

Knut Jackowski

Hi Karen,

this change is the main reason, we switched to SL3 at our company. Now we still have some courses from SL2 times online, that are causing increasing problems, because many users do not hae Flash anymore.
SL3s HTML5 output works in all browsers that support HTML5.

When you look through this forum, you will see the occasional problem with IE. The staff says, that these are things that they are fixing, but I am sceptical about that, because IE does not a very good job at any HTML5 and it is not actively developed anymore.

Compared with the Flash versions, the HTML5 versions tend to load slower and need more system resources, but that is also to be expected, from these two base technologies.

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Karen,

SL3 and SL360 can be published for HTML5 only (or HTML5 first) so that you can playback the content and published courses in all the browsers supported here. Take a look at our reasons for why we're so excited about our HTML5 output. 

If you haven't started a trial of Articulate 360 you can do so here, and see how the HTML5 output plays for you.