Flash to HTML5 Conversion of Legacy Courses in Just 8 Weeks – A Case Study

Flash to HTML5 Conversion of Legacy Courses in Just 8 Weeks – A Case Study

Courses developed in Flash are difficult to update and not mobile compatible; they require the use of additional plug-ins to run animations and videos. The world’s largest logistics company came to us with these issues. Here is how we, at CommLab India, solved their challenge.

Training Requirement

The company wanted to convert its three Flash-based safety training courses to HTML5, for mobile compatibility and ease of content updates. The company also asked us to translate the converted eLearning courses into three international languages. These courses (on the usage of forklifts), were created for their operational staff who work in its warehouses.

CommLab’s Solution

We treated the old eLearning courses as raw material and converted them into a HTML5- mobile-compatible format. There were three legacy courses of 30 minutes, having 30 slides each, with minimal audio. We redeveloped these courses using Articulate Storyline, as the client’s in-house team used the same tool for content updates.

We were asked us to develop the courses in a manner that would enable the identification of text and image boxes to make in-house updation of content possible.

The Challenges We Overcame

The client didn’t have the source files of the legacy courses. So, we extracted content, images, audio, video, and animation elements that were in SWF and FLV formats, using a de-compiler software.

The Process We Followed

We first converted the original English versions of the courses into the HTML5 format, and sent it to the client for review. The client suggested changes and content updates in a word document, with screenshots. We implemented the suggested changes and then tackled the translations.

The Results we Achieved

  • Rapid conversion of Flash courses to HTML5 in eight weeks
  • Translation of the converted courses into three international languages, i.e., Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese – in two months

About the Client

The company is a division of the German Logistics company that provides international courier, parcel, and express mail services. It is the world’s largest logistics company operating around the world, particularly by sea and air.

Founded in the United States in 1969 to deliver documents between San Francisco and Honolulu, the company expanded its services globally by the late 1970s. The company’s logistics division revenue increased by 2.7% to €14 billion in 2016. The division employs 3.25 lakh employees, globally.

So, don’t be satisfied with rigid Flash courses that cannot be updated on demand. Instead, convert your legacy courses to HTML5 for mobile compatibility and to be able to consistently update content.