Adobe, as well as browser makers such as Google and Microsoft have announced that Flash will be phased out in two years, meaning it simply won’t work after 2020. Thus, migration from Flash-based courses to HTML5 that supports all modern browsers and devices is the need of the hour.
There are many authoring tools available in the market with competitive features to do this job. Articulate Storyline 360 is one among them. Let us see some of the advantages of this interactive e-learning development tool that give it a better edge over other rapid authoring tools such as Adobe Captivate 2017, Lectora Inspire, and iSpring Suite 9.3.
1. Create Flash-like Interactivities
Effective interactivity is the success secret of any good e-learning program. Flash is an ideal tool to create impressive animations and interactivities. However, as Flash is fading, using Storyline 360, you can create many Flash-like features in quick-time.
The built-in triggers, templates, variables, and slide layers of Storyline help you recreate Flash-like interactivities and animations without the support of a programming language.
2. Facilitate Responsive Learning
The responsive player option of Articulate 360 provides learners with the best viewing opportunity across all devices of varying screen sizes and properties such as smartphones and tablets. While you have to create different versions of the same course in other authoring tools, courses developed in Articulate 360 are device agnostic.
Thus, a single course can be published in multiple devices, helping you save development budget and time. Additionally, as the layout of courses converted using Storyline is scalable to different screen sizes, it provides flexibility to the learners in accessing the courses from their workplace desktop computer as well as their personal mobile devices.
A leading management company that provides online training services wanted to convert its nine legacy courses to the HTML5 format. The special requirement of the company was that its employees must be able to take the course at home using their laptops and while traveling through smartphones. The course was successfully converted to HTML5 using Articulate 360. This tool made the deployment of e-learning courses possible to employees who use iPads and mobile devices that do not support Flash.
3. Inbuilt Ready-to-Use Assets
The royalty-free content library of storyline 360 has more than 3+ million professionally designed slide templates, visually rich videos and images that are updated continuously. A collection of 100,000 photographic and illustrated characters in a range of expressions, professions, poses, clothing styles, and ages that can be directly inserted into slides, make it one of the favorite choices among legacy course converters.
Additionally Storyline 360 has more than 100 ready-to-go slide templates based on scenarios, infographics, interactions (click-on-numbers, sticky notes, click-on-tabs), quizzes (single-select, multiple-select, drag-and-drop varieties) and much more that can be customized anyway you want, to make them your own.
So all you need to do is, import the template of your choice and place the course content on the slide. This helps you save development time and cost while converting the Flash-based legacy courses, like never before.
You have a set of new software applications. If all of them cater to your requirements, then which is the most important factor you would consider before choosing the right application among them? Of course, it is the “user-friendliness”.
Similarly, Articulate Storyline is a favorite choice among e-learning developers because of its aesthetically appealing and easy to use features. Any developer who is well versed in Microsoft PowerPoint can work on Storyline compared to other rapid authoring tools. With its PowerPoint-like interface, Storyline is available in two models: standalone and subscription-based.
Another great thing about Storyline is that you don’t have to code, know a programming language, or have specialized knowledge in designing content to create an HTML5-based course. All you need is a basic understanding of its inbuilt features such as how to work with its triggers, states, layers, and variables, and how to insert interactivities.
Thanks to Articulate 360, day-by-day an increasing number of companies are achieving their Flash to HTML5 conversion easily and economically. With many authoring tools available in the market today, picking that right tool for your Flash to HTML5 conversion can be challenging. Thus to choose the best authoring tool that fits your conversion needs, you need to understand the course requirements and the nuances of each authoring tool that can facilitate your conversion.