Engage 360 makes it easy to deliver interactions to learners with tablets and smartphones. Here are answers to common questions about publishing mobile-ready interactions.

How do I publish interactions for mobile devices?

For interactions to be viewable on tablets and smartphones, they need to be formatted for HTML5, the Articulate Mobile Player, or both. Here’s how:

  1. When you publish for Articulate 360, Web, Articulate Online, or LMS, click the Formats property on the Publish window to open this Publish Formats dialog.

    Publish Formats in Articulate Engage 360
  2. Use the Publish As slider to choose one of these options:
    • HTML5: This publishes your interaction as HTML5 output only.
    • HTML5/Flash: This publishes your interaction as HTML5 first with Flash fallback. Learners will see HTML5 output if they’re using a supported HTML5 browser. If not, they’ll see Flash output.

      This is the default option, which covers the widest audience and provides the best experience.
    • Flash/HTML5: This publishes your interaction as Flash first with HTML5 fallback. Learners will see Flash output if they’re using a Flash-enabled browser. If not, they’ll see HTML5 output.
    • Flash: This publishes your interaction as Flash output only.
  3. If you choose one of the publish formats above that includes Flash output, you’ll also have the option to include Articulate Mobile Player output. Just mark the box to Use Articulate Mobile Player for iOS and Android.

    Articulate Mobile Player output is the default view for learners with iPads and Android devices.

    While Engage 360’s superior HTML5 output and new responsive player give learners the best viewing experience on tablets and smartphones, one unique benefit of the Articulate Mobile Player app is the option to view content offline. To let learners view your interaction offline, just mark the box to Allow downloading for offline viewing.

    After downloading an interaction to their Articulate Mobile Player, learners can view it at any time, with or without internet access.

    Tip: Offline viewing isn’t currently supported for Articulate Online and LMS content.
  4. Click OK to save your selections and complete the publishing process.

Should I include Articulate Mobile Player output when publishing Engage 360 interactions?

Engage 360’s superior HTML5 output and new responsive player give learners the best viewing experience on tablets and smartphones, making Articulate Mobile Player (AMP) output unnecessary, unless learners need to download content for offline viewing or your interaction includes FLV videos with alpha-channel transparency, both of which are supported in AMP.

Do HTML5, Flash, and Articulate Mobile Player interactions look and behave the same?

Most features behave the same way in HTML5, Flash, and Articulate Mobile Player output, but some don't. See this article for the expected behavior of each Engage 360 feature in HTML5, Flash, and the Articulate Mobile Player.

How do learners view interactions on tablets and smartphones?

Give learners a link to your interaction (see the table below). When learners launch it, they'll see the right format (HTML5, Flash, or Articulate Mobile Player) based on the devices and browsers they’re using and the publish formats you included.

If you publish for...

Do this...

Articulate 360

  1. Open your web browser to your Articulate Review home page and click your interaction to open it.
  2. Click Share in the upper right corner.
  3. If you want to password-protect your interaction, mark the box to Set a password and enter a password in the field provided.
  4. Copy the shareable link, then send it to your viewers. Be sure to give them the password, too, if you added one.

Web

Upload your published interaction to a web server, then send learners a link to the interaction.html file.

Articulate Online

Invite learners to view your published interaction. See this tutorial for details.

LMS

Upload your published interaction to your LMS. Each LMS uses a different process for this. Contact your LMS administrator if you need help uploading, launching, or tracking content.

Are published interactions responsive? Do they adapt to different screen sizes?

HTML5 interactions published with Engage 360 use the all-new responsive player when viewed on tablets and smartphones.

The responsive player dynamically adapts to different tablets and smartphones, providing an optimized view of your interaction on every device—no extra work required. It fluidly responds to different mobile screen sizes and orientations, eliminating browser chrome, and delivering mobile-friendly playback controls.

The responsive player moves out of the way to maximize the screen real estate for your interaction content. Your content will maintain its aspect ratio, but it’ll scale to fill as much of the screen as possible on tablets and smartphones.

Just include HTML5 output when you publish and let the responsive player do all the work for you.

See these responsive player FAQs for details.

Can interactions be viewed on iPads?

Yes. Include HTML5 output and/or Articulate Mobile Player output when you publish. When learners launch your interaction, they’ll automatically see the right version based on your publishing choices.

If you included Articulate Mobile Player output, the interaction will launch in the free Articulate Mobile Player app for iPad. If learners don’t already have the app, they’ll be prompted to install it.

If you didn’t include Articulate Mobile Player output, the HTML5 version of your interaction will launch in mobile Safari.

Can interactions be viewed on iPhones?

Yes. Include HTML5 output when you publish. When learners launch your interaction, it’ll automatically open in mobile Safari.

Can interactions be viewed on Android devices?

Yes. Include HTML5 output and/or Articulate Mobile Player output when you publish. When learners launch your interaction, they’ll automatically see the right version based on your publishing choices.

If you included Articulate Mobile Player output, the interaction will launch in the free Articulate Mobile Player app for Android. If learners don’t already have the app, they’ll be prompted to install it.

If you didn’t include Articulate Mobile Player output, the HTML5 version of your interaction will launch in the Chrome browser.

Do learners need an internet connection to view interactions in the Articulate Mobile Player?

Initially, yes. However, if you marked the option to let learners download the interaction for offline viewing, they only need to be connected to the internet long enough to download it. Thereafter, they can view the interaction at any time with or without an internet connection. See this user guide for details.

If you need to track learners' progress in Articulate Online or an LMS, they must be connected to the internet. Otherwise, the interaction won’t be able to send data to Articulate Online or your LMS.

How do you remove an interaction from the Articulate Mobile Player app?

Long-press any item in your Articulate Mobile Player library until an X icon appears in the upper left corner of each thumbnail, then tap the X icon for each item you want to delete. When you're finished, tap anywhere on the screen to hide the X icons.

How do I track learners' progress when they view content on mobile devices?

The best way to track learners on tablets and smartphones is to include HTML5 output when you publish. Engage 360 HTML5 output is supported in AICC, SCORM, and Tin Can API learning management systems (LMSs) as well as Articulate Online.

If you’re using a Tin Can API LMS or Articulate Online, you can also include Articulate Mobile Player output when you publish. The Articulate Mobile Player app doesn’t support AICC or SCORM.

To recap, HTML5 output covers all learners and LMSs. Articulate Mobile Player output covers learners with iPads and Android devices as well as Articulate Online and Tin Can API LMSs.

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