Local Playback of Published Content Doesn’t Work with Flash Player 23 and Later

Article Last Updated Apr 5, 2017

If you launch a published Articulate project on your local computer and just see a spinning circle or a Flash Player notification, you may be experiencing a new security feature introduced in Flash Player 23 that disables local playback of Flash content.

We’ve rounded up some solutions to help you work around this Flash limitation. Just follow the steps below for your default browser:

Google Chrome

Add one or more trusted locations to your local Flash Player settings. For example, you could add trusted locations for folders where you commonly publish content, such as your desktop and the My Articulate Projects folder in your documents. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Flash Player settings manager in your browser.
  2. Click the Edit locations drop-down list and select Add location.
  3. Enter the full path for a folder where you often publish in the field provided, then click Confirm. (The Browse for folder button doesn’t work.)
  4. The next time you launch a course in Google Chrome that was published to one of your trusted locations, it’ll work as expected.

To view your published content without local security restrictions, we recommend uploading it to a web server, LMS, or Articulate Online. (Tempshare is a quick and easy way to test web-published content.)

Another option for viewing projects without local security restrictions is to publish for CD, then double-click the launch file in your published output.

Internet Explorer

Add one or more trusted locations to your local Flash Player settings. For example, you could add trusted locations for folders where you commonly publish content, such as your desktop and the My Articulate Projects folder in your documents. Here’s how:

  1. Launch your published course in Internet Explorer, then right-click the spinning circle or the Flash Player notification box and choose Global Settings. Flash Player Global Settings in Internet Explorer
  2. When the Flash Player Settings Manager opens, click the Advanced tab at the top of the window, then click Trusted Location Settings. Trusted Location Settings in Internet Explorer
  3. Click Add in the lower left corner to add a new trusted location. Add Trusted Location in Internet Explorer
  4. When the Add Site window opens, click Add Folder, browse to a folder where you often publish Articulate content, then click Confirm. Add Folder Location in Internet Explorer
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to add additional trusted locations, then click Close to exit Trusted Location Settings. The next time you launch a course in Internet Explorer that’s located in one of your trusted locations, it’ll work as expected. Trusted Locations in Internet Explorer

To view your published content without local security restrictions, we recommend uploading it to a web server, LMS, or Articulate Online. (Tempshare is a quick and easy way to test web-published content.)

Another option for viewing projects locally without security restrictions is to publish for CD, then double-click the launch file in your published output.

Microsoft Edge

Add one or more trusted locations to your local Flash Player settings. For example, you could add trusted locations for folders where you commonly publish content, such as your desktop and the My Articulate Projects folder in your documents. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Flash Player settings manager in your browser.
  2. Click the Edit locations drop-down list and select Add location.
  3. Enter the full path for a folder where you often publish in the field provided, then click Confirm. (The Browse for folder button doesn’t work.)
  4. The next time you launch a course in Microsoft Edge that’s located in one of your trusted locations, it’ll work as expected.

To view your published content without local security restrictions, we recommend uploading it to a web server, LMS, or Articulate Online. (Tempshare is a quick and easy way to test web-published content.)

Another option for viewing projects locally without security restrictions is to publish for CD, then double-click the launch file in your published output.

Firefox

Add one or more trusted locations to your local Flash Player settings. For example, you could add trusted locations for folders where you commonly publish content, such as your desktop and the My Articulate Projects folder in your documents. Here’s how:

  1. Launch your published course in Firefox, then right-click the spinning circle or the Flash Player notification box and choose Global Settings. Flash Player Global Settings in Firefox
  2. When the Flash Player Settings Manager opens, click the Advanced tab at the top of the window, then click Trusted Location Settings. Trusted Location Settings in Firefox
  3. Click Add in the lower left corner to add a new trusted location. Add Trusted Location in Firefox
  4. When the Add Site window opens, click Add Folder, browse to a folder where you often publish Articulate content, then click Confirm. Add Folder Location in Firefox
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to add additional trusted locations, then click Close to exit Trusted Location Settings. The next time you launch a course in Firefox that’s located in one of your trusted locations, it’ll work as expected. Trusted Locations in Firefox

To view your published content without local security restrictions, we recommend uploading it to a web server, LMS, or Articulate Online. (Tempshare is a quick and easy way to test web-published content.)

Another option for viewing projects locally without security restrictions is to publish for CD, then double-click the launch file in your published output.

Safari

Add one or more trusted locations to your local Flash Player settings. For example, you could add trusted locations for folders where you commonly publish content, such as your desktop and your documents. Here’s how:

  1. Launch your published course in Safari, then right-click the spinning circle or the Flash Player notification box and choose Global Settings.
  2. When the Flash Player settings open, click the Advanced tab at the top of the window, then click Trusted Location Settings.
  3. Click the plus sign in the lower left corner to add a new trusted location, then browse to a folder on your Mac where you store published Articulate content and click Open.
  4. Repeat step 3 to add additional trusted locations, then click Close to exit Trusted Location Settings. The next time you launch a course in Safari that’s located in one of your trusted locations, it’ll work as expected.

To view your published content without local security restrictions, we recommend uploading it to a web server, LMS, or Articulate Online. (Tempshare is a quick and easy way to test web-published content.)

Another option for viewing projects locally without security restrictions is to publish for CD, then double-click the launch file in your published output.