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HTML5 Converter for Adobe Captivate 5.5 is here!

I’m really excited to share with you that we have HTML5 Converter for Adobe Captivate 5.5 out on Adobe Labs. With the HTML5 Converter, you can easily convert Adobe Captivate generated SWF to HTML5 format and repurpose your countless hours of interactive trainings for your mobile devices that do not support Flash content.

Here’s the link to download the HTML5 Converter from Adobe Labs and refer to the Release Notes to know about the supported features, known issues and the roadmap for supported features.  What are you waiting for? Get started using 5 simple steps and convert away your SWFs to HTML5.

Impatient to see the results before you try it out? Here are a few example courses for you 🙂

iPad Example with audio

iPad Example with simulation

Note: Viewing the examples on your Desktop? Access them on the Chrome browser for best results.

Now let’s get down to see a demonstration on how to use HTML5 Converter for Adobe Captivate 5.5. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that it’s just a three step process to convert your Captivate generated SWFs to HTML5 format. Here’s a short demonstration:

I’m eager to know your thoughts on HTML5 Converter so feel free to leave a comment here.

Happy Captivating! 🙂

112 Responses

  1. I’m getting the following error when I try to convert:
    “Executable for video not found at: C:/Program File/Adobe/Adobe Captivate 5.5/DumpVideo.exe”

    I checked the folder path the error mentioned, and sure enough, there is no DumpVideo.exe file in there…

    • Hi Perrin,

      Did you follow these instructions when installing the converter?
      1. Install the HTML 5 Converter
      2. Find the following files in the Assets folder of the installation directory
      a. DumpVideo.exe
      i. This file should be placed in the Captivate 5.5 installation directory.
      ii. Used for converting FMR SWF to Videos
      b. Externals. Txt
      i. Modify the file to contain the full path of DumpVideo.exe file
      ii. This file should remain in the current location.

    • Please follow these instructions when installing the converter:
      1. Install the HTML 5 Converter
      2. Find the following files in the Assets folder of the installation directory
      a. DumpVideo.exe
      i. This file should be placed in the Captivate 5.5 installation directory.
      ii. Used for converting FMR SWF to Videos
      b. Externals. Txt
      i. Modify the file to contain the full path of DumpVideo.exe file
      ii. This file should remain in the current location.

      • Thanks…..the error that I’m running into now is that the converter says “Converting” but never moves past that point. I left it running for 30 minutes on a 3 MB file and it was still spinning and saying “Converting” so I had to kill the program….

        • Hi Perrin,
          Can you tell some more details about the project? Like :
          • Number of FMR slides in the project
          • Are there any animation(.swf) objects used in the project? If yes, how many?

          If possible, can you share the SWF file with me. It would be helpful for investigation.
          My email-id : cbaid@adobe.com

          • Hi Perrin,
            I tried converting the SWF file sent by you. It seems that the swf file contains few widgets and animations, which cannot be converted with the current build. Can you please remove them and try the conversion again? Hope it works!!

  2. It has been loading the swf for a long time and nothing is happening.

    Background: Before I loaded the .swf into the coverter, I tried to follow the directions and “place the DumpVideo.exe file in the Cativate 5.5 Installation directory.” But there was no “Installation” directory…there was an “Installer” directory so that’s where I put it. Maybe that is not the right place for it? If so, please let me know where it should go.

  3. So…I created a basic demo in captivate…no audio…no roll over slidelets. Very bare bones. I converted the published swf file successfully to ipad html format. I then tried to take the html file and publish it through Adobe Connect so that I can test the “link” and content on my ipad. Nothing happend when I cliked on the link…I get a blank page with a small question mark in it.

    Thoughts???

  4. the converter worked the other day. I was able to see the files on the iPad. Now, after changing my project cache location, the converter works but doesn’t convert properly. anyone experience this?

  5. This is excellent! when I say excellent, I mean horrible. The only file I could get to work was a single slide with an image and text. Any file with more than this and it crashes and throws an error.

  6. Well, I was finally able to load a 14 page captivate presentation into the converter without any issues. It said the conversion was successful. When I view this file on the iPad, it is only one page. there is another page counter besides the one I created. it says “0 of 0”. will this currently only show one slide? I have read that you tested 60? There also is no navigation bar. I guess it is time to strip more stuff out.

  7. I created a simple file consisting of five slides. The slides have a text box with the slide number in them, no backgrounds, no audio, no animation, nothing. just simple text bubbles. publishes fine, converts fine. When viewing on the Ipad, I see one page only with no navigation and 0 of 0. Same thing happens when viewing on my computer in Chrome. Has anybody gotten this to work?

  8. We are in the midst of a big push to convert our elearning to mobile. We have hundreds of quiz questions in Captivate that we’ll need to convert. I couldn’t get the converter to work for a question and reading here it looks like that’s not implemented yet? Any idea when it will be?

  9. I can´t see all slide images. I check and all these images are in the folders Slide0_mc/Slide106_mc. I just hear the sound although the audio button was off. I need to edit something or publish on the web right to see or I can open locally? If works eill be a great tool. Thanks

          • Did some more tests and it worked fine. I think before I was using version 4 of Captivate. A question: how to get along with the audio presentation without having to click the button?

          • An update to the earlier comment – you should put loadAudio() call inside the beginMovie() function (present in the HTML file). After the change, your beginMovie() function should look like :

            function beginMovie()
            {
            showHideElements();
            loadAudio();
            …….

            Try it out and let me know if it works.

          • The same happens when I called the function by the init (): The audio button appears “on”, but after I click in the “play” button, it does not switch to “pause” and the presentation does not start

          • I think we are talking about two different things. I thought that “How to autoplay audio?” – is what you were asking for. Is this the issue?
            Presentation remaining paused might be because of some other issue. It has nothing to do with audio. I may need to have a look at your files. Can you share your .swf file with me? It would be helpful for investigation.

          • Hi Chinmay. Sorry if I not explained properly. After adding the line of code, the audio button is shown “on”. When I clicked the “play” button that appears in the center of the screen to start the presentation, it does not start, the screen goes blank, showing only a progress bar and the three buttons (“forward”, “backward” and “play” instead of “pause”)

    • I talked to an Adobe rep at a conference recently and asked the same question. This converter only works for Captivate SWFs since it was built to for Captivate templates. So sadly, it doesn’t work with other SWFs.

  10. I have a 60 slide course with audio on all 60 slides. After using the HTML5 converter it loads a small portion of the audio during playback on the iPad. Are there best practices to follow for converting audio? We have to have the audio work with this course. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

  11. I noticed the drop down box to select the platform (i-Pad, i-Phone, etc.). Does this mean the content will need to be converted umpteen different times for umpteen different platforms?

  12. I have captivate 5.5 on my mac, and I installed html 5 converter on my PC then I got error 2004, does html 5 converter have to installed with captivate 5.5 together?

    • those instructions need to be updated. i think it is now called dumpUtils.exe and it gets copied over to the root of the captivate 5.5 folder

      look at the txt file that is in the converter folder, it has the path . . .

        • You won’t be able to view flash player on an iPhone. This is why Adobe is trying to create this converter. So that Apple users can view content created by captivate in HTML5. If you want to see examples you need to click on the iPad links. but they don’t really work on the iPhone. I believe this thing is still in it’s “testing” phase. Their is a list of what it can and can’t do in the links above.

  13. i tried doing 3 quiz questions – mc, tf, and hotspot. converted to HTML5 and they work great in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari but fail in IE8 & 9

    i get the start button and then a blank screen in IE

    i see a few markup errors when validated via w3c but nothing that should make it like it does. i have tried compatibility mode, but no luck

    any advice would be well appreciated

    • I can’t remember the name to save my life, it’s a script language that is used to render the html5, It is only supported in Safari, Firefox and Chrome. NOT IE. Most HTML 5 sites that I have reviewed do not work in IE, although IE9 says it supports it. I believe it all has to do with that script

      • It’s webkit, which is supported in Safari and Chrome, and I believe Firefox, but not IE, that is why some HTML5 sites will not render in IE8 or IE9.

        I believe the converter uses webkit and JSON to code their pages

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  16. I just converted my first Captivate 5.5 SWF to iPad. It works with limitations, of course. I read the release notes. I am wondering when I will be able to use the NEW Captivate “internal server” reporting feature to the iPad? I also tried an EMail button to output the quiz scores, but that is not yet supported either…. do i just have to wait in order to output quiz scores to something other than an LMS? THanks for any help on this.

  17. I keep getting an error when my Captivate 5.5 swf file created on a MAC is converted with my HTML5 installed on my PC. Does my .swf file need to be created with a PC version of Captivate? or is my best bet to wait for the HTML5 converter for MAC to come alive?

    • Kim, I’m getting the same error message and I think I have read somewhere that it is a Mac v PC problem, seems ironic that you can’t convert a Mac produced file for use on another Mac! I understand the Mac convert is due out in May

    • You’re probably better off just learning HTML 5. I’m starting to loose my respect for Adobe. They don’t seem to make the quality products that they used to. I bought Captivate 5.5 and man is it riddled with bugs. Their response, it will probably be fixed in version 6. Well my client won’t wait that long.

        • Thanks for your response, we have a ticket in with Adobe already.

          Just to give you a few, the bookmarking doesn’t seem to work properly in some LMSs. Once you complete a SCO and go back in, you can’t easily navigate what you have already completed. (This was noted as a bug by Adobe)

          The setting for the “print” export feature does not work (At least not for anybody in my office). The documents that are exported are far from being able to be used. they require a lot of editing. If you have variables in your file, the variable name shows up in the document, NOT the value of the variable.

          The XML import/export doesn’t seem to function properly. We had to change the incorrect feedback for about 200 slides so we decided to try the XML export. We did a find and replace and imported the XML back in, the feedback was changed as expected, but other text box formatting was effected. So we could not use it.

          For the re-sizing of screens, your buttons get distorted. So you have to re-size before you add buttons.

          The whole concept of this product is excellent, I like the direction it is going in, but I think it needs a little more more work in the QA department. When 5 came out, I heard there were a lot of errors, 5.5 was released, but you had to pay for the upgrade. I don’t mind paying for “extras” or new features/tools, but paying for “bug” fixes I think is a little steep.

          • Hello Ian,

            Sorry to note that you are having issues.

            1. Which LMS are you using? Are you trying to revisit the slides once you have finished the module?

            2. When we export the word document, the variable values cannot be exported because the variables get the values only in runtime. BTW, what variables are you using? Is it system or user-defined?

            3. I’ll check the XML issue and let you know.

            4. Are these buttons image buttons? If so, it will get distorted because the size of the image gets modified. It is always a good idea to make the buttons for the final size.

            Please write to me at viswanat@adobe.com and we will speak further on some of these issues.

            Thanks,
            Vish

  18. Why isn’t there a Mac version yet? It’s stupid to have a converter for HTML5, needed for the iPad, and yet you can’t use the damn tool on the Mac.

    • Angela, we released the beta version for windows a few months ago. We are building the HTML5 publish option into the next version of the product. The Mac version id available for beta testing. Please drop me a mail if you would like to participate in the beta- shameer at adobe dot com

      • Hi Shameer

        Just a little confused on what is possible here… I have a client who wants the interactive captivate product workable on pc and apple desktops in one format only. Will HTML converter do this now?

        Jeff

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