How the End of Flash Affects Articulate Apps and Courses

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It's the end of an era. Adobe will discontinue Flash at the end of 2020. On January 1, 2021, we'll wake up to a digital world that's free of Flash. Microsoft won't allow the Flash Player to operate on supported versions of Windows, and web browsers won't run Flash content. Here's how the end of Flash will affect your Articulate apps and courses in 2021.

Articulate 360 and Storyline 3

The good news is that Articulate 360 and Storyline 3 were architected without Flash dependencies, so these apps will continue to work when Adobe discontinues Flash.

Your published courses will also continue to work if they include HTML5 output. However, if you have Flash-only courses, you’ll need to republish them to HTML5 before December 31, 2020 for them to continue working.

Legacy Versions of Storyline and Studio

The following versions of Storyline and Studio rely on Flash to operate. As a result, we must sadly end support for these apps when Adobe discontinues Flash.

  • Storyline 1
  • Storyline 2
  • Studio ‘09
  • Studio ‘13

Any courses you previously published to Flash will need to be republished to HTML5 before December 31, 2020 to continue working.

Note that HTML5 output from Storyline 1, Storyline 2, and Studio ‘13 works in Google Chrome and Safari. However, it won’t work reliably in other browsers. (Studio ‘09 doesn’t publish HTML5 output.)

We recommend that you upgrade to Storyline 3 or Articulate 360 (which includes both Storyline 360 and Studio 360) as these apps don’t have any Flash dependencies and their HTML5 output works in all major browsers. Compare versions of Storyline and Studio to see all the new features you’ll get.

Do you have Storyline 1 or Storyline 2 with an unused Platinum Membership Plan (PMP) upgrade? Good news! You can upgrade to Storyline 3 for free or to Articulate 360 for at least 50% off the first year of your subscription. Contact us for details.

Articulate Online

Any Articulate Online content that was published to Flash will need to be republished to HTML5 before December 31, 2020 to continue working.


Are projects from legacy apps compatible with Articulate 360 and Storyline 3?

Yes. Projects you created with Storyline 1, Storyline 2, Studio ‘09, and Studio ‘13 are fully compatible with newer versions of Storyline and Studio. Open your projects and publish to HTML5. It’s that easy! Your published output will be Flash-free and look beautiful on any device with the responsive player in Storyline 360, Storyline 3, and Studio 360. Learn more about all the improvements you’ll see:

Will the Articulate Mobile Player continue to be available?

We’ll end support for the Articulate Mobile Player (AMP) on December 31, 2020. AMP courses rely on Flash output, and since Flash is ending, we’ll also retire AMP.

HTML5 support has matured in all major browsers, making HTML5 the best experience for mobile learners. And your courses will look beautiful on any device with the responsive player that's built into Storyline 360, Storyline 3 and Studio 360.

Because AMP output is the default viewing option for Android devices and iPads, we recommend republishing your courses to HTML5 without AMP output by December 31, 2020 so they’ll automatically open in learners’ mobile browsers instead.

Can we still use Internet Explorer to view published courses?

HTML5 courses that you published with Storyline 360, Storyline 3, and Studio 360 will continue to work in Internet Explorer 11. Older versions of Internet Explorer won’t be supported when Flash retires. Find all of our supported browsers here:

What happens to Flash movies in my published courses?

Flash movies (SWF files) only work in Flash courses. As a result, they’ll stop working on January 1, 2021. We recommend replacing Flash movies with non-Flash videos, such as MP4 files, and then republishing your courses as HTML5 output.