Knowledgebase: SCORM Authoring Tools
Flash Issues - Flash Being Phased Out
Posted by Jessica D'Apice on 13 November 2017 03:21 PM

If you currently have courses that have been published to Flash, tell your users to make sure that their browsers are set up to accept Flash content for now.

If they are using Chrome...
- Click "Settings".
- Click "Advanced Settings".
- Click "Content Settings".
- Click "Flash Settings".
- Turn "Block sites from running Flash" OFF.

If they are using Internet Explorer...
- Click the cog in the top right corner of the screen.
- In the drop-down menu which appears, click "Manage Add-Ons".
- In the dialog which appears, select "Toolbars and Extensions".
- In the list of Add-ons, look for “Shockwave Flash Object” – which is another name for Flash Player.
- In the Status column, check to see whether Shockwave Flash Object is Disabled. If it is, click the row for Shockwave Flash Object to highlight it.
- In the bottom right corner of the Manage Add-ons dialog, click the "Enable" button.
- Close the Manage Add-ons dialog, close the course window, click "Click here to go back to the course details page," then re-launch the course. If you see the course playing this time, then Flash Player has been successfully enabled.

If they do not have Flash player installed, have them download and install Flash player and enable it in Internet Explorer using the steps above.

If they are using Firefox...
- Click the menu in the top right corner of the window, and from the menu, click "Add-ons."
- In the list of Add-ons, look for Shockwave Flash (another name for Flash Player) and check the status of the plug-in.
- If the status reads "Never Activate," click the status, and select "Always Activate" from the drop-down.
- Close the tab, close the course window, click "Click here to go back to the course details page," then re-launch the course. If you see the course playing this time, then Flash Player has been successfully enabled.

If they do not have Flash player installed, have them download and install Flash player and enable it in Firefox using the steps above.

If they are using Edge, have them follow the steps on this page: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-issues-windows-10-edge.html

 

Something rather important worth mentioning, all browsers will stop supporting Flash altogether by then end of 2020, as announced by Adobe themselves: https://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2017/07/adobe-flash-update.html 

Flash has long been known for its instability and security issues. With the introduction of HTML5 as a more secure mark-up language for structuring and presenting content on the internet and its subsequent rise in popularity, HTML5 is being chosen over Flash as the preferred content delivery method, and Flash is being phased out.

We highly recommend that you start preparing now. You will need to start re-publishing your courses to HTML5. If you are not sure how to do this, tell me which publishing tool(s) that you used to create your courses, and I will then be able to tell you how to publish your courses to HTML5.

You have until the end of 2020, but having a head start is better than having to scramble to re-publish all of your courses at the end of 2020. Republishing your courses, depending on your library size, may take time, but it will be well worth it as the movement away from Flash becomes permanent and widespread.

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