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Captivate flash discontinuation?

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Jun 21, 2019

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When does Captivate plan to discontinue the use of flash-based features/interactive elements? 

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Are you perhaps still publishing to SWF AND HTML? I have not published to SWF since 3 years, and no problems whatsoever.

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Captivate flash discontinuation?

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When does Captivate plan to discontinue the use of flash-based features/interactive elements? 

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Are you perhaps still publishing to SWF AND HTML? I have not published to SWF since 3 years, and no problems whatsoever.

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The end of support is by year end of 2020, however, you will find that most browsers no longer allow the flash player to be activated by default. You can force it to work but the end-user experience isn't great at this point. I would be well into a transition plan to HTML5. You will notice that most of the new features in Captivate that have been released are only available for HTML5 publishing. I suspect by the next major release Captivate will no longer publish to SWF. That's just a guess but I feel strongly this is the case.

Paul Wilson, CTDP | https://captivateteacher.com

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That would not be friendly for those customers who stiil have SWF based

courses and/or are forced to use old browsers, not supporting HTML5.

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In every case where a client needs older browsers and operating systems to run their business, it's because they are holding on to old software that they should have stopped using years ago. I guess if they want to run their business with older software they can author their eLearning that way as well. As much as I had fond memories of creating eLearning using early copies of Captivate, I wouldn't want to return to Captivate 2.0

Paul Wilson, CTDP | https://captivateteacher.com

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I have some older Captivate Modules that I am republishing as HTML5.  They have embedded flv videos in them.  Since they are being republished as HTML5 will these embeded flv play without flash in the browser.  My new modules I put all videos in You Tube and embed the You Tube link into the module.  I don't want to have to redo these old modules, I just want to republish them as HTML5 which I am doing without an issue, but I'm concerned about when browsers no longer play flv.

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Did you test? If the videos are the only feature incompatible with HTML5, and you can find an older version of the Adobe Media Encoder, you could convert them to H264.

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I did a little investigating and checked the published files and it looks like when I published the files to HTML5 it converted the videos automatically to MP4. I did notice media encoder popped while they were publishing.

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Was not sure, but that happens with FMR slides as well. Thanks for testing, my suspicion is now confirmed.

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What about interactive content? I have videos with rollover captions. When I publish these to the HTML5 output, it just wraps the SWF file in an HTML5 wrapper, which won't work in a Flash-blocking browser. Am I SOL (swf out of luck) ?

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Captivate doesn't use wrappers (concurrence may). Rollover captions and images are only supported for desktop/laptop and will work fine in HTML5 output. Not for responsive projects, nor on mobile devices, because they don't have a rollover.

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OK, so wrapper is the wrong term. But my point is that Captivate publishes the SWF file along with the HTML5, and the HTML5 references the SWF file, so rollover captions won't work on desktops & laptops if the browser blocks flash content.

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Are you perhaps still publishing to SWF AND HTML? I have not published to SWF since 3 years, and no problems whatsoever.

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Yeah, that was it. the option says Publish as: HTML5 / SWF, but there's an Output Format option to select SWF or HTML5 or both. It's not intuitive to tell which option(s) is selected. Thanks for your help!

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Just take out the publish to SWF and you are fine. Even rollovers will play, with the exception of rollover slidelet, but only on devices where rollovers are possible.

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We had rollovers in a number of courses which don't work in HTML5. we re-wrote them with Advanced Actions, and highlighted the areas where users could click, instead of rolling over. we did this in Captivate 8 and 2016, when we saw many browsers were beginning to discontinue flash actions/support.

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Problem with rollovers is not with HTML5, but they cannot be used on devices where rollover is inexistent. As I wrote they do work perfectly for desktop/laptop users. At least the rollover Image, Text and the rollover states in multistate interactive objects. 

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I can confirm that rollover slidelets are not working in HTML5, so I needed to change into clickable buttons. I now experience the same problem with Drag and Drop of multiple darg sources with multiple drop targets. Is this correct? Besides this it is strange to experience that "Preview Project"looks SWF based and thus not shows what you will see in a HTML5-Export. Or am I mistaken? 

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Rollover captions and images will work on desktop/laptop even in HTML5 output.

For non-responsive projects, I post the warning almost daily: only use F11, Preview HTML in Browser if you want to have a more or less workable preview, not another Preview method. It is annoying that the Preview will then be always from the first slide. For that reason I will activate the TOC with full navigation control during testing.

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