If you are new to Flash to HTML5 conversion, this is the right place to know about the top four authoring tools for conversion. Why is the choice of tool important? It’s because while all authoring tools help convert Flash to HTML5 rapidly, thanks to their inbuilt features, every tool has its pros and cons. And the state of your legacy courses, along with your requirements should drive the decision of the tool. Along with the tools, we’ll also look at questions to build a roadmap for effective Flash to HTML5 conversion.
Questions to Build a Roadmap for Flash to HTML5 Conversion
Question #1: What can you do to Enhance Flash to HTML5 Conversion Projects?
There are many ways in which you can enhance courses converted from Flash to HTML5, apart from making them compatible with multiple devices and platforms.
- Update content and branding
- Reconfigure to microlearning
- Reinforce courses with latest learning strategies
- Translate courses to reach global audiences
Question #2: What’s the Prep Work?
To ensure a smooth conversion, there are a few aspects you need to take care of:
- Gather all legacy courses and segregate those with Flash assets
- Identify courses to be converted and organize them according to priority
- Extract media elements and source files, if available
- Establish browser, device, and LMS compatibility standards
- Select the right Flash to HTML5 conversion strategy
- Choose the right authoring tool
- Decide whether to convert inhouse or to outsource the conversion
Question #3: What are the Available Conversion Strategies?
While organizing legacy courses you might have noticed that a few are missing their source files, while a few might have been developed in tools now obsolete; yet others might be having the media elements but need a new instructional approach. So, a common conversion strategy won’t fit the bill.
Here are the four conversion strategies – the 4 ‘R’s – you can choose from:
- Record – If you have no source files and the legacy courses are low on interactivity, record them to the MP4 format.
- Republish – If courses are published in older versions of authoring tools, publish them to a newer version of the same authoring tool with minimal or no content changes.
- Rebuild – If legacy courses are developed in software now obsolete, convert them using a different authoring tool with minimal or no content changes.
- Redesign – If the content in legacy courses is outdated, or they need to be rebranded, or reconfigured to microlearning, redesign them from scratch using the authoring tool of your choice.
Question #4: How to Select the Right Authoring Tool for the Conversion?
Analyze which tool best suits your requirements. Choose an authoring tool depending on what you want in the converted courses, the authoring tool expertise of your team, and the available development time. Most rapid authoring tools offer an HTML5 output, but they each come with their own best features for Flash to HTML5 conversion. For example, if you need to convert Flash interactivities, Articulate Storyline would be a good choice. Consider Adobe Captivate if your legacy courses have simulations or Lectora Inspire for text-heavy Flash-based courses.
Here’s an infographic for you on the top 4 authoring tools for Flash to HTML5 conversion.