7 Top Authoring Tools to Convert Flash-Based E-learning Courses to HTML5

7 Top Authoring Tools to Convert Flash-Based E-learning Courses to HTML5

7 Top Authoring Tools to Convert Flash-Based E-learning Courses to HTML5

Adobe Flash is multimedia system, which was predominantly used to create media-rich e-Learning courses. With the rise in the demand for mobile learning, Flash was dethroned and HTML5 was enthroned for content development. So, in order to make their Flash courses mobile-compatible, organizations started converting these courses to HTML5, due to its functionality and ability to create responsive designs.

However, HTML5 implementation is not as straightforward as it may seem, neither skilled nor amateur developers/designers can operate effectively, without good HTML5 tools. Here, we provide a list of 7 essential and best tools to convert your Flash courses to HTML5. 

Adobe Captivate 9

Captivate is a desktop application available for both Windows and Mac. It’s one of the most powerful authoring tools in this list, but comes with a steep learning curve.

That said, most of the ‘scripting’ happens via a wizard-style interface that guides you through to make selections from the provided list of commands. This tool allows you to develop several versions of courses, for multiple devices, from a single source.

All you need to do is develop a course for the desktop and then tweak it to make the course suitable for delivery on multiple devices. Adobe Captivate 9 is unparalleled in terms of its flexibility to develop responsive e-courses. It also scores over other tools on a key aspect – generating multi-device previews of online courses. 

Articulate Storyline 360

This is the most popular tool known for its capability to quickly develop courses. The learning curve for the tool is pretty modest, and the interface is similar to PowerPoint. This is the reason you can quickly convert your Flash courses to HTML5. The Articulate tool supports touch interactions, such as swipe, drag, and pinch, to make the learning experience effective on mobiles.

Articulate 360 comes with a responsive player that renders content dynamically, based on the size of the screen on which it is viewed. The “player” responds effectively to various mobile screen sizes, hiding sidebar menus, removing the chrome of browsers, and delivering excellent learning experiences on all smartphones and tablets, thanks to its mobile-friendly playback controls.

You can also publish courses to Flash and Articulate Mobile Player (AMP), a native app available in iOS and Android. The tool is linked to Articulate Review, which enables stakeholders across the world to review the published course and provide their feedback.

The tool is backed by a huge community of learning and training professionals, where numerous discussions happen about eLearning development. The tool has multiple pricing options that support the requirements of small to large businesses.

DominKnow Claro

DominKnow’s Claro is a web-based rapid authoring tool that allows you to share resources and collaborate with your team, to author content, or get feedback from reviewers anytime, anywhere, and on any platform. The tool offers HTML5 output, which makes the course run seamlessly on multiple devices. The tool also boasts of inbuilt features such as themed templates, desktop sharing, video/audio recording/editing, interactive elements, screen capture, etc.

Easy Generator

Easy Generator is SAAS-based authoring tool, which is relatively easy to learn, for developers. The tools has output to HTML5 and with its intuitive interface you can quickly convert your legacy courses to HTML5.


Elucidat is an e-Learning authoring package, with pre-made templates, theme collection, collaboration elements, and a user-friendly layout. The tool has HTML5 output, and courses work perfectly well on any device (mobiles, tablets, and desktops). It is ideal to be used by instructional designers with no programming skills; also ideal for novice developers. The tool also lets you create engaging learning resources that work quickly and without a glitch, on any browser or device.

Lectora Inspire 17

This is a web-based authoring tool, with a clean HTML5 output. It is the best tool for responsive eLearning design.

Together with free HTML5 templates, Lectora provides more options, allowing developers to easily create diverse HTML5 content, for diverse desktop and mobile plaforms. It is also easy for developers to make courses compatible with multiple devices; when you start developing a course for the desktop version, the content will be inherited to the tablet and phone. This makes the job easy, since Lectora’s device selection ribbon lets the developer view the course in multiple devices and make adjustments to the content, if necessary.

Also, the tool has a seamless play option, which makes the course seamlessly flow from page to page, eliminating screen wipe. Albeit, known majorly for responsive e-Learning courses, the tool will also give you the power to make your courses interactive. The tool has BranchTrack integrated into it, using which you can easily create scenario-based exercises for your e-Learning courses.

Smart Builder

The tool’s output automatically plays on all browsers and platforms including Windows, OSX, Android, and iOS. No apps or players are needed. This tool allows you to author eLearning courses quickly, as it requires only a few clicks to assign an action. Your can include games, rich media elements, scenarios, and engaging assessments. SmartBuilder has a learning curve that can be mastered in days.

It also provides a suite of content management features that enable you to work more effectively, in collaboration with other developers.

I hope this list will help you create stunning HTML5-based e-Learning courses. Please note that the list is arranged in alphabetical order, not in the order of ranking. Also, share your preferred tool for converting Flash courses to HTML5, through your comments.

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