Case Study – Conversion of Flash Courses to HTML5 using Articulate Storyline

In the recent times, the learning needs are changed and the technology has increased at its pace. This has transformed the traditional classroom training into e-learning. The courses that were developed in Adobe Flash or tools whose output is in SWF are now not compatible with the modern devices. Thus there is a need of…

CP2019’s Tiny Gems


Not a complete review, I need more time to explore some of the features. Not yet 3 weeks is insufficiente, especially since I already coached a training which included some of the new features. For long-time fans, who are used to my treasure hunt for little gems, I only found 3 so far, but probably more are hidden behind the big treasure. No lack of ideas for future articles, my mind is purring like a cat…  Today I will start with the tiny gems, or my article could be too long. I value the big gems as well, will tell you some secrets soon.

Tiny Gems

Skin editor

Default setup of the included themes all include a default playbar. That is fine for pure linear projects but personally I largely prefer custom navigation and buttons for my projects which will seldom be linear. When you uncheck the playbar in the first tab of the Skin editor, up till now you had to remember to go to the second tab to uncheck the Borders as well.  If you forgot, you ended up with an ugly thick grey bottom border on all slides. This is no longer needed: when you deactivate the playbar in CP2019, borders get deselected by default. Saves a couple of clicks….always welcome!

Preview Methods

I suppose all developers are aware that the final death of Flash Player, SWF output will be there sooner than expected.  This gem is only valide for non-responsive projects because responsive projects can only be previewed as HTML. For the ‘blank’ projectstThe big button Preview has changed the sequence of the methods and clarified that the former ‘Preview in Browser (F12)’ is creating a temporary SWF. I had hoped on more promotion for HTML output, but the methods ‘Project’, ‘From this slide’ and ‘Next 5 slides’ are still based on a temporary SWF. As indicated in this image, never use Play Slide as Preview, only for synchronizing on the timeline.

HTML rectangle Play Icon

With the release of there was a lot of noise and discussion about the AutoPlay having disappeared for all HTML output. In this article I described how to insert a poster image, replace the Play Icon, take away the dimming of the poster image and…. the ugly blue or white rectangle surrounding the Play icon.

Surprise! The last hack, which needed editing CPLibraryAll.css after publishing, is no longer necessary! The surrounding rectangle has disappeared. This recent movie ‘D&D question to behave like normal question slide‘ was published without having to edit the css file, dimming is still there.

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Adobe Captivate (2019 release) and Interactive videos

Liven up demos and training videos by making them interactive with the new Adobe Captivate. Create your own or bring in existing YouTube videos, add questions at specific points and conduct knowledge checks. Add bookmarks in the timeline to aid learner remediation. Customize feedback options for answers and interactions.


  1. Create a new blank or responsive project.
  2. Go to the Toolbar and click Interactive Video.
  3. In the Insert Video dialog, let the YouTube Video option remain selected, if you wish to embed a YouTube video on the slide and enter the YouTube video link in the URL field.
  4. OR select From your computer if you want to import an MP4 video saved on your computer.
  5. Click Browse and navigate to the folder where you have saved the video.
  6. Select the video and click Open.
  7. If you wish to use a portion of the video instead of the entire video, enter the Start time and End time.
  8. And click OK.
  9. The video will now be added to the slide. Resize and reposition it as per your liking.
  10. Add a few additional slides to the project, like knowledge check questions, custom interactions or content slides. We will convert all these slides as overlays for the video.
  11. Go back to the video slide and drag the playhead to the position where you wish to add the first overlay.
  12. Click Insert Overlay.
  13. Select the slide you wish to use as an overlay and click Insert.
  14. To move the overlay slide to a different location, simply drag the Overlay marker to a different location on the timeline.
  15. To replace the overlay with any other slide, hover over the Overlay marker and click Replace Overlay Slide.
  16. Select a different slide and click Insert.
  17. To unlink the Overlay slide, hover over the Overlay marker, and click Unlink Overlay Slide.
  18. You can also adjust the background opacity of the Overlay slides, which will help you see the video in the background of the overlay slide. The default opacity is set to 10%, but you can change it any percentage value from the Properties Inspector.
  19. To add a bookmark, drag the playhead to the position where you wish to add the bookmark.
  20. Click the Insert Bookmark marker.
  21. Rename the bookmark and click the check mark.
  22. To move the bookmark to a different location, drag the marker on the timeline.
  23. To delete the bookmark, hover over the marker, and then click the Delete Bookmark icon.
  24. Then go to the overlay knowledge check slide.
  25. Go to the Properties Inspector and open the Quiz Inspector.
  26. Here, go to the Last Attempt and change the action to Jump to Bookmark and select the bookmark.
  27. This will make sure that when the learners answer the question incorrectly, they are taken back to the section where the content is covered. And then, they get back to the question, and get a chance to answer it again.

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Mobile Learning – Switch Your Flash Based E-learning Courses to HTML5

In the earlier era, there is a thought-provoking in everyone’s mind that the computer is used only in multi-national companies and some industries where software employees use it for their business expansion. Over the years, the technology has revolutionized and it has created amazing tools and given access to common people. In the rupture, there…

Migration of Legacy eLearning Courses to HTML5

Legacy eLearning courses are the courses developed in 1990’s or until 2012. This is a generic approximation made based on the fact that new eLearning technologies have emerged from 2012. The courses developed prior to this period are considered out-dated or legacy courses and needed enhancement to meet new learning requirements and challenges like responsive…

Problem with HTML5 Buttons

I am having trouble with my course buttons in HTML5 buttons. A sample of the course is posted here:


Notice when you go through the course, the buttons don’t work real well unless you click on the bottom half of the button. This is also true of the drag and drop objects found later in the course.

It’s weird because when I preview in HTML I get the issue, but when I preview with another method the buttons are fine.

Let me know if anyone knows anything about it


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Webinar Recording – How to create multi-device eLearning using Adobe Captivate

We’ve all experienced responsive web design, usually in the form of web pages that make use of flexible layouts, images and cascading style sheets (CSS) that detect your mobile phone’s screen size and orientation and change the layout accordingly.

As more organisations embrace learning across multiple devices (desktops, laptops, tablets and phones) we now need to develop content that is responsively designed to work across these environments.

Where do you start? What are the best practices? Where’s my hoverboard?!

In our June webinar, our in-house design genius and Adobe Captivate Expert, John Stericker, teaches you all about it. Flummoxed by Adobe Captivate fluid boxes, scalable HTML or creating multiple designs for multiple devices? We’ve got you covered!

Adobe Captivate 2017 includes the option to publish a project as scalable HTML5 and at times, this can be a more appropriate approach over creating a responsive design using breakpoints or fluid boxes. We’ll show you how to create multi-device eLearning without the need to build multiple designs, by using this scalable HTML5 publishing feature.

And as far as multi-device eLearning goes, here is an example we prepared earlier!

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I have a couple of questions about these formats.

  1. If I publish so that both of these buttons are gray, will my module work in an LMS when Flash is no longer supported?
  2. Which if your current features (e.g., drag and drop) rely on swf?? What’s the easiest way to determine if a Captivate 9 course contains things that require Flash?
  3. We used to import all videos for our modules in the .flv format. Will .flv files work in HTML5 courses?


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Lectora Inspire – How to Use Translation Tool For Localization?

Lectora Inspire is one of the powerful eLearning authoring tool by using we can create eLearning courses for multiple devices as it provides HTML5 output that runs on all devices. Lectora has made it easy to convert all your old and existing courses into responsive, instead of copy and paste all the content over again.…

How to Use the Flash Courses to HTML5 Conversion Opportunity to Improve Your ROI

Organizations have tremendous investment in Flash-based legacy courses. With the phasing out of Flash, the legacy Flash courses need to be converted to HTML5 so that they can support multi-device delivery (that is, the same course can run across devices from desktops/laptops to tablets/smartphones).

In this blog, I outline how you can use this opportunity of Flash to HTML5 conversion to adopt new and trending learning strategies that will help you improve the ROI on your training spend.

I founded EI Design in 2002, and for nearly a decade, Flash was the leading (and often the only) authoring tool. Globally, organizations have a major investment in Flash-based courses that is now causing the following significant problems:

  1. Most present-day browsers do not support Flash.
  2. Most organizations offer mobile learning, and Flash is not supported on the majority of mobile devices.

As a result, the organizations need to allocate significant budgets on Flash to HTML5 conversion so that they can run across devices—notably mobile devices.

How Can You Use the Exercise of Flash Courses to HTML5 Conversion to Improve the ROI on Your Training Spend?

As you embark on this Flash to HTML5 conversion journey, don’t just opt for a technology update (new courses look the same although they are HTML5 compliant) but use this opportunity by relooking at the learning strategies that can help you maximize the impact of the new courses you develop.

To improve the ROI, you need a series of measures to be in place including:

  1. Improving the learner’s interest and reaction.
  2. Adopting sticky learning strategies.
  3. Providing measures to push the application of the acquired knowledge.

As you embark on the exercise of Flash to HTML5 conversion, opt for the following measures. These will improve all of the above-said three aspects and create a positive impact on the ROI of your training spend.

1. Improving the learner’s interest and reaction.

You can add teaser videos to inform learners on how the new and enhanced approach will help them learn better and perform better. Highlight the flexibility of “learning on the go” and on the device of their choice. If you need to add the policy of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), highlight this aspect too.

2. Adopting sticky learning strategies. 

During the Flash to HTML5 conversion, opt for redesigning some of the courses and adopt the current and trending learning strategies that can offer a more sticky learning experience. You have a range of options to pick from, notably:

  1. Microlearning
  2. Gamification
  3. Scenario Based Learning
  4. Story Based Learning

Use the Flash to HTML5 conversion opportunity to adopt techniques that resonate with modern learners and create a higher impact like:

  1. Videos
  2. Interactive videos
  3. Infographics
  4. Interactive Infographics

You can also look at different formats including:

  1. Mobile Apps for learning
  2. Mobile first designs (Fully responsive designs that are optimized for smartphones)

3. Providing measures to push the application of the acquired knowledge.

To push the acquired knowledge to application, opt for:

Performance Support Tools (PSTs or learning aids)

  1. Content curation
  2. Social learning

With all these measures in place, you will see an improvement on various levels including:

  • Learner motivation
  • Learner engagement
  • Better knowledge retention (sticky learning experiences)
  • Better application of the acquired learning on the job
  • Higher completion rates

All of these will lead to an improvement of the ROI.


I hope this blog provides the required insights on how you can maximize the impact of the Flash to HTML5 conversion exercise and create a better ROI on your training spend. As I have highlighted, this exercise should not be just limited to technology uplift. Instead, you should use this opportunity to leverage on many measures outlined here and see an improved ROI.

If you have any queries or need any specific support, do contact me.

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