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Flash Has Been Discontinued. What that Means and What You Can Do

At the end of this year, Adobe will officially retire Flash Media Player; ending the development and support of this technology. While it started out as an innovative platform for developing and delivering multimedia content, like video and animations, Flash began to fall short in several areas. For example, plug-ins were required to view media on web browsers and had a habit of crashing, content was not well supported on mobile devices and security gaps frequently popped up. Plus, in 2007, the iPhone was released and didn’t support Flash. While Flash fought to stay relevant, the writing was on the wall and its days became numbered. So if the Flash era is dead, what does that mean?

Thankfully, other technology alternatives can step in to deliver interactive assessment content in a more reliable and improved way, including HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. Platforms like Unity allow you to create 2D and 3D games, apps, and immersive experiences. These next-generation platforms offer greater audio and video capabilities and can provide the same level of interactive experience on a mobile device as it would on a desktop.

If you have content like online courses, test items, or other learning assets built-in Flash, you may be wondering what your options are for moving forward. We’re here to help you navigate the post-Flash world by not only converting and upgrading your items to a superior, dynamic browser-based format, but by partnering with you to build a long-term roadmap that keeps your technology flexible, relevant and extends the life of your investment. By working with our team of experts, you can find new ways to bring your content to life—even incorporate virtual simulation—in a cost-effective and customized way.

As we bid adieu to Flash, we celebrate its role in paving the way on the web for rich assessment content, animations, and media. While many agree Flash will not be missed, we must recognize its place in tech history and be thankful for the legacy it leaves behind. Do you have Flash-based assessment items that you need to convert?  Contact us at for a free case study and consultation.

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