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Looking Beyond Adobe Flash

By April 24, 2019 March 3rd, 2020 No Comments

In July, 2017, Adobe announced that they would be ending support and distribution of their popular multimedia software, Adobe Flash, at the end of 2020. This process would be phased, beginning with an end to all browser support beginning in mid-2019.

When this was announced in 2017, many organizations that use Adobe Flash for SCORM, certain types of audio or video files, and other multimedia were grateful for the long runway Adobe and its partners provided. But time flies, doesn’t it? Adobe Flash has now reached the beginning of its end. You may even notice that your content isn’t displaying in certain browsers.

While the end of a ubiquitous and popular tool like Adobe Flash can sound intimidating, the truth is that it’s been phased out by companies and end users alike for several years now. Adobe Flash has primarily been replaced by HTML-based software (HTML5 is the current version), which is mobile-friendly, accepted by all browsers, comes with better storage, and offers far superior interactions and functionality, among other advantages.

Still, there are many in the training and learning industry who do still rely on Adobe Flash to some degree. For those evaluating their own migration from Adobe Flash, we are here to help you with this process:

    • We have a plugin available for Moodle and Totara Learn that can identify where Adobe Flash is in use. It produces a report listing activities, by type, in your site that contain flash-based content.
    • We can add a H5P plugin  to your site. H5P is a popular open source community project for creating interactive HTML5 content within your browser that can be used to add the type of interactive elements you enjoyed with Flash based solutions.
    • Our interactive video solution, VidGrid, offers an industry leading platform for interactive video that leverages HTML5 and provides for detailed reporting of video consumption.
    • Finally, Remote Learner’s very own ReIN (Remote Learner e-Learning INteractions) filter streamlines the process of adding jQuery interactions within Moodle. The REIN filter is added to your site to allow the interactions to be developed and edited directly in your site. You can add interactivity at the site level, course level, even into quiz questions.  To learn more about ReIN, contact your account manager.

To learn more about the end of Adobe Flash, you can read the official announcement from Adobe here.