Storyline 1: Comparing Flash, HTML5, and Articulate Mobile Player Output

Article Last Updated Oct 5, 2016

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The following table compares the Articulate Storyline features supported in Flash, HTML5, and the Articulate Mobile Player (AMP). Refer to this table during the planning and development stages of your projects for the best results in the environments you're targeting.

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Slides

 FlashHTML5AMP
Engage interactions  
Freeform interactions
PowerPoint presentations (see note below)
Quizmaker quizzes (see note below)
Screen recordings
Slide layers
Zoom regions

Note: Generally speaking, content that is imported from PowerPoint and Quizmaker will be supported in Flash, HTML5, and the Articulate Mobile Player. However, if the source content includes any features that aren't supported in HTML5 or the Articulate Mobile Player, those items simply won't work when viewed in those environments. Review the rest of this article for details.

Quizzing

 FlashHTML5AMP
Freeform: Drag and Drop
Freeform: Hotspots
Freeform: Pick Many
Freeform: Pick One
Freeform: Shortcut Keys  
Freeform: Text Entry
Graded questions
Print results  
Quiz timer 
Slide draws from question banks
Survey questions

Illustrations

 FlashHTML5AMP
Captions
Characters
Picture Effects/Styles
Pictures
Screenshots
Shape Effects/Styles
Shapes

Media

 FlashHTML5AMP
Audio
Flash (SWF) filesN/A 
Simultaneous audio/video 
Videos
Videos with alpha channel transparencyN/A
Web Objects

Text

 FlashHTML5AMP
Hyperlinks
Symbols
Text
Variable references

Interactive Elements

 FlashHTML5AMP
Buttons
Data entry fields
Hotspots
Markers
Mouse
Scrolling panels

Trigger Actions

 FlashHTML5AMP
Common: Change state of
Common: Show layer
Common: Hide layer
Common: Jump to slide
Common: Jump to scene
Common: Lightbox slide
Common: Close lightbox
Media: Play media
Media: Pause media
Media: Stop media
Interaction: Submit interaction
Course: Restart course
Course: Exit course
More: Adjust variable
More: Jump to URL/File
More: Send email to
More: Execute JavaScript 
Quiz: Submit results
Quiz: Review results
Quiz: Reset results
Quiz: Print results  

Trigger Timings

 FlashHTML5AMP
Click: When user clicks
Click: When user double-clicks
Click: When user right-clicks 
Click: When user clicks outside 
Timeline: When timeline starts
Timeline: When timeline ends
Drag and Drop: When object dragged over
Drag and Drop: When object dropped on
Other: When user presses a key 
Other: When state changes
Other: When variable changes
Other: When mouse hovered over
Other: When media completes
Other: When control loses focus

Animations

 FlashHTML5AMP
Animations
Slide transitions

States

 FlashHTML5AMP
Hover states
All other states

Player

 FlashHTML5AMP
Keyboard shortcuts N/A
Section 508 accessibility support  
Slide-specific player controls
Slides advance automatically

Player: Features

 FlashHTML5AMP
Custom tabs
Glossary
Logo
Menu
Notes
Resources 
Search  
Seekbar
Sidebar on left
Sidebar on right 
Title
Topbar left tabs
Topbar right tabs
Volume slider 

Player: Menu

 FlashHTML5AMP
Auto-collapse menu as learner progresses
Auto-number entries in menu
Navigation (Free, Restricted, Locked) 
Show tooltip on hover N/A
Wrap long menu item titles 

Player: Colors & Effects

 FlashHTML5AMP
Background color 
Color schemes 
Player font  

Player: Text Labels

 FlashHTML5AMP
Custom text labels (localization)

Player: Other

 FlashHTML5AMP
Browser size (current, optimal, fill) N/A
Launch in new windowN/A
Launch in new window: Display window with no browser controlsN/A
Launch in new window: Allow user to resize N/A
Player size (optimal, fill)N/A
Resume (prompt, always, never)
Text: Left to right
Text: Right to left

LMS

 FlashHTML5AMP
Articulate Online: Viewing Content
Articulate Online: Tracking & Reporting
LMS: Viewing Content
LMS: Tracking & Reporting
Switch between Flash, HTML5, and Articulate Mobile Player without losing progress in Articulate Online
Switch between Flash, HTML5, and Articulate Mobile Player without losing progress in an LMS

Web Browsers

 FlashHTML5AMP
FirefoxLimitedN/A
Google ChromeN/A
Internet Explorer 6 N/A
Internet Explorer 7 N/A
Internet Explorer 8 N/A
Internet Explorer 9LimitedN/A
Internet Explorer 10LimitedN/A
Internet Explorer 11LimitedN/A
Mobile Safari N/A
SafariN/A