GOODBYE FLASH, WELCOME HTML5

Learning effectiveness relies on Rich Media solutions to retain attention of the learners. HTML5 is fast emerging as a standard for Rich Media content solutions. There were several concerns with Flash including security, the move away from plugins, and memory utilization that led to this move. Internet browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox (that constitute over 50% of browser usage) and even Adobe that owns Flash are on the brink of ending support for the Flash plugin. Additionally, mobile devices have emerged as today’s key platforms for consuming content and Flash has no support there. So, HTML5 is on the cusp of becoming the de facto platform for eLearning solutions, and the move from Flash to HTML5 is hence necessary and inevitable.

FLASH TO HTML5 CONVERSION SERVICES

When should you start the migration?

As per Adobe, support for Flash ends in 2020. This may seem like a lot of time. However, during the last two decades, Flash had emerged as the de facto platform for companies that had invested in eLearning. Due to a lack of common authoring standards, Flash content was created in various ways internally or by several vendors, and with several partners over the years, making it impossible to apply one standard migration process today. So, it would be pragmatic for companies to start prioritizing the task of migrating Flash trainings to HTML5 or other formats as soon as possible. A chosen migration strategy may require careful analysis to check if the training could be migrated as is or if a revision of its design would be needed. This will need to be followed by working up a plan, aligning budgets and resources, and making a prototype. The sooner the process starts, the better and effective the migration will be.

How would the process occur?

The process would be a careful examination of your existing module’s source code. Based on the goals you identify in the analysis phase, a preferred solution approach comprising a new target authoring tool(s), user interface(s), design, templates, review process and stakeholder(s) will be determined. Budgets would need to be mapped out and teams would be aligned to work on the migration strategy.

Is the process manual or automated?

The process will be a combination of automated and manual procedures. Since there would be several Flash solutions, some processes would be automated but some would be manual. How will Newgen Enterprise help? Read on to find out.

What would be the estimated budget for this process?

The budget would be dependent on the variations and complexity of your existing Flash solution. Ideally, it would include cost for the analysis of the existing Flash source code, the migration strategy, automation, resources for manual tasks, which are further bifurcated into the proof of concept, the deliverables, LMS testing and project management.

Would trainings/content developed using tools other than Adobe Flash be impacted?

If your current trainings/content is developed using HTML5, Articulate Storyline 2/3/360, Studio 360, Rise, Lectora, or latest versions of Adobe Captivate, you may not need to migrate. However, if you used older tools or older versions of the tools mentioned above, you may require a lite migration plan to upgrade your trainings/content.

HOW WILL NEWGEN ENTERPRISE HELP?

Newgen Enterprise is an expert in content transformation and brings in more than 20 years of experience in this process. We have worked with leading organizations in developing and migrating content in several formats as the situation demanded. Newgen Enterprise is a leader in consulting and outsourcing solutions. Our team comprises onshore and offshore development resources that optimize your development costs make the migration a seamless process for you.

What tools would Newgen Enterprise bring to the table?

Newgen Enterprise brings in a number of manual and automation tools to simplify this migration journey.

  • Articulate Storyline
  • Articulate Studio 360
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Lectora
  • eLearningDOM
  • Adapt
  • Redshift

These are some of our leading solutions to expedite the content migration process. Combining these with our project management tools makes this process a much seamless one for you. What this implies is that you are able to go through this vast journey on an easily manageable timeline. Our goal is to optimize your migration spends and at the same time lend a new lease of life to your legacy trainings. We also work with Learning Consultants who work on bringing learning experiences close to the latest trends. This could mean adding in a punch of microlearning, gamifying your courses, creating responsive learning and apps, or supporting your technology needs.

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