But what about existing content solutions that are massive in size, highly interactive in nature and implemented using embedded technologies such as Adobe Flash, Authorware, Director, etc? How can they leverage the benefits of an open platform? How can they run on a plethora of devices that don’t support plugins? And how can they be scaled up when needed?
Almost all publishers today have some portion of their legacy content developed and delivered using plugin-based technology such as Flash. And with the ongoing disruption in use of Tablets and Phones, Universities / Schools re-enforcing the use of Mobile devices in Classrooms and the current trends of BYOD, it is becoming less of an option and more of a need for publishers to make the required transition and move to new digital platforms. However, despite the rapid evolution in technology and tools, there isn’t a simple conversion / migration strategy that can convert any legacy Flash based content / tool to HTML5. In fact, even complex solutions with tedious steps, use of ‘de-compilers’ and a hackers approach have failed time and again to successfully convert old content for newer platforms.
Given our expertise & strength in Flash ActionScripting, HTML5-CSS3-JS, plus a lot of reading, extensive research, trial and errors and studying reverse engineering tools, etc, we figured the exact reasons why Flash content cannot be simply converted to HTML5. In doing a few prototypes we documented the entire process, challenges and learning outcomes. That helped us analyze key problems and eventually we discovered and developed various tools and techniques (some open source & some proprietary) to make the most optimized recipe for converting Flash content to HTML5. However there was more to just be able to convert functionality & content for newer platforms. There were other important questions that had to be answered as well:
Sure these factors could not be ignored. We realized we needed to revisit our strategy that would satisfy the conversion requirements as well as usability requirements. Using a cross-function team comprising of Graphic designers, Instructional Designers, Writers, Programmers, Usability experts, Creative directors, Mobile Architects and Product heads, we devised a new solution strategy that would not only run old content on newer platforms but also optimize and enhance existing content, thereby producing a rich engaging user experience that is highly cross-platform, scalable and maintainable.