Adobe Wallaby & Articulate

Just trying to be ahead of the curve a bit .  I know someone posted an HTML5 of an Articulate presentation in the forums a while back.  But just wondering with the release of Adobe's Wallaby conversion software, what we see as the future for this type of implementation with Articulate Studio?  Yeah Wallaby only converts actual FLA files to HTML5 for editing.  But just wanting to know what folks are doing now with regard to getting Articulate on to Apple or non-Flash devices in an interactive format

Let me know your thoughts.

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Gabe Anderson

Thanks for bringing this up, Robert. I know you're looking for input on what people are doing now to create iOS-compatible Articulate content, but just for the record, here's our official stance on Wallaby:

Adobe's Wallaby product is not a viable solution for converting Articulate content to HTML5. For example, it does not support audio, video, or ActionScript. Wallaby is optimized for banner ads.

We are actively working on having Articulate content play on devices that support HTML5 only, such as Apple iOS devices. However, Wallaby is not the solution.

In the meantime, you may be able to use the following HTML5 player to view your Articulate content on non-Flash devices, such as the iPad / iPhone.  Please note that this method was not developed by Articulate and is not supported by Articulate:
http://frameentered.com/content/low-bandwidth-html-articulate-player-waudio-reports-lms-too
 
If your Articulate content does not include interactive elements (such as quizzes or user-initiated navigation), you can record your Articulate content as it plays, using a screencasting tool like Screenr (http://screenr.com), to capture a video of your Articulate content. Screenr screencasts can be viewed on iPads and iPhones directly from the Screenr website. There are also options to publish your Screenr screencasts to YouTube and to download MP4 versions of your screencasts, both of which also play on non-Flash devices like the iPad / iPhone.

Bill Chambers

Thanks for the post concerning html5.  I work at a vocational school and we have used Articulate Presenter for our lectures in our PN and SurgTech programs.  The medical profession is really making good use of iPads, so we decided to use them to deliver our curriculum.    Instead of carrying aound 21 books, our students can now download them and access them via their iPads. 

So....that means I have to start developing media that will work on the iPad.... after all these years of being a flash fan (and Articulate fan), I now have to find solutions that will work on the iPad.  I would really like to know more about the progress made concerning html5!    I really hope that a solution will be available soon.  In the meantime, our students are watching the lectures on PCs.   I sure would like to get them where  they could view Articulate lectures on their iPads!

I've seen several third party "solutions", but I am most interested in one that is seamless with the Articulate software itself.   Please let me know how things are going with the html5 project!  Has the Beta started yet?

Gabe Anderson

Hi Bill-

Yes, our forthcoming product, Storyline, which will support output for HTML5 / iOS, is now in customer beta. You can learn more here. As noted in that post, the next major version of Studio will also offer support for HTML5 / iOS.

You can subscribe to the Word of Mouth Blog to make sure you don't miss any product news.

Bill Chambers

Thanks for the useful information Gabe.    I signed up for the beta some time ago, I'll sign up for the word of mouth blog as well.  I am looking forward to the new products.....it's ashame that Apple excluded flash from their iPad, otherwise we wouldn't have to go back and re-develop everything.  I'm an old Flash coder, but I've concluded that if we want to use iPads with our students, we're going to have to develop curriculum content that they can use.  Students are calling the old desktop computers "grandpa boxes."  That explains alot since I am a grandpa.....one that remembers when computers were the size of a bus.   lol.