Best practices for including SWF in your blog posts

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Best practices for including SWF in your blog posts while posting from Contribute

There are few best practices which can be followed for including SWF in your blog posts to make sure that the readers have a good experience.

  • Do not auto-play the SWF file(s) as there’s nothing worse than going to a blog, which includes multiple posts with SWF files in them and have them all auto-play at the same time. Users encountering this issue and are unlikely to come back on the same blog again.

  • Captivate has a really easy way for you to uncheck auto-play and you can find this in the Preferences dialog box.  To introduce Adobe Captivate in brief it isan application which you can use to rapidly author professional eLearning content with advanced interactivity, software and scenario simulations, quizzes, and other engaging experiences — no programming or multimedia skills required. Refer below for the screen shot:
    Captivate Autoplay setting

    Here’s what a Captivate file when this feature is disabled:
    SWF

 

  • In case you are using Captivate to record, please make sure to consider recording size that fits in the template in Contribute. 
  • Keep your SWF files short and concise so that they load quickly, probably no more than 3-5 minutes each.
  • If possible, you can also choose to make the SWF interactive, where users are asked to do some actions like clicking etc. as opposed to be only passive.  This way the reader can learn by doing.

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