408 Surviving the Flash Zombie Apocalypse

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Thursday, November 17



It has been said that Flash is dead, yet there exists an army of Flash content in the world of eLearning today. Seemingly alive and well, these Flash zombies must be eliminated in order to answer the increasing demand for mobile-compatible content. Is there a way to save any of the good work that was done—or is a double tap to the timeline the only way?

This session will explore the challenges a team encountered and the solutions they created when removing every single Flash element from a catalog of over 1,600 lessons. You will learn how the team handled a variety of cases from simple linear Flash animations to custom Flash playback engines that use XML to configure rich, interactive content, including the steps they took in reintroducing the converted content into existing lessons. Finally, learn about the team’s various skill sets and how each contributed to the conversion process.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to convert existing Flash content into HTML5 using Adobe Flash CC (or Adobe Animate)
  • How the HTML and JavaScript files from conversion relate to the Flash source file
  • About factors that influence the blend of skill sets needed
  • How to decompile SWF files you don’t have source files for
  • Strategies for converting large numbers of files

Intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Adobe Flash CC, Flash Animate, HTML5, JavaScript, CreateJS, and Trillix Decompiler.

Chris Kaplan

Content Team Manager

GP Strategies

Chris Kaplan, the content team manager for GP Strategies, is an award-winning multimedia developer who has worked with Adobe Flash for over 15 years. Chris has contributed to interactive experiences for Hewlett-Packard, the US Mint, UNICEF, Ameriquest, the Bill of Rights Institute, and others. As an audio engineer and composer, he has worked on productions for National Geographic, TLC, and America’s Most Wanted. In 2005, with Two Animators!, Chris was a finalist for Best Cartoon at the Flash Forward Film Festival for his work on The Poochinos—Dog Mafia. He is also co-author of The Essential Guide to Flash CS4 with ActionScript.

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