Converting Adobe Flash or Captivate to Articulate Storyline

With the Adobe Flash cutoff date December 2020 approaching have you considered converting your eLearning content to Articulate Storyline? It’s actually easier than you think. In fact typically a 20 minute course takes just a few days to convert to Articulate Storyline. 

We are also approached from people who want to move from Adobe Captivate and reap the benefits of using Articulate Storyline. Sometimes clients don’t realise you don’t even need the source file.

All the hard work has already been done such as the instructional and graphic design, screen layout, audio narration. For experienced Articulate Storyline developers, like our team at B Online Learning, it really doesn’t take very long.

Let’s look at the process your inhouse team can follow to convert to Articulate Storyline.

Adobe Captivate Source File

With the source file in hand, open it in Adobe Captivate. You will be able to see how many slides make up the module and have an idea as to how the developer has structured the animations and content. To do the conversion, you basically rebuild the structure in Storyline.

Before you can rebuild anything though, you need to get all your images, video, audio and content sorted. Don’t worry about shapes and fonts. Grab the colour scheme with your eyedropper tool in Storyline or ask the client for their style guide which gives you all the RGB colour codes and corporate fonts. The key things you want to capture here are images, the audio files and any videos. To do so open the library interface within Captivate that shows all the images, audio, video that are being used in the project.

From here you can right click on them (individually or select all files you want to export) and select export to save a copy to your development folder for insertion into Storyline when you do the rebuild. Make sure you rename everything, so you know where it needs to go once you commence building in Storyline. I like to use the slide number somewhere in the file name for easy reference.

Capturing on screen text is as simple as highlighting the text, copying and pasting it to another document or directly into your Storyline project.

Published Output

Sometimes clients don’t have the source files. The only item they have access to is the published output or SCORM. In the following example we have the Captivate published output, but the process is fairly similar for Adobe Flash output too.

First locate the audio files easily enough in the published output under the ‘ar’ directory. Go through and listen and rename them to correspond with each slide.

To access the images and video we suggest using a third-party software program known as a flash decompiler.  There are a number of these available online. Some free (with varying levels of success), and some have a cost, but generally they allow you to extract the images, audio, video, animations and text from the .swf flash file in the published output:

So, there you go! If you are looking at updating your old content to Articulate Storyline then please contact us for help.

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