Converting Adobe Captivate 5 to HTML5 via Wallaby [VIDEO]

Just last night I published a new video, and today I wasn’t planning on posting a new one.

However, this morning our Adobe Flash / HTML5 team released a pretty cool, albeit experimental technology, codenamed Wallaby, which converts Flash (.FLA) files into HTML5.

Wallaby is a free AIR application available on Adobe Labs, which means it works on Mac and Windows.

I downloaded Wallaby and started testing it using Adobe Captivate 5 content and so far, I like the results.

Please keep in mind that because Wallaby is experimental, there are many things that are not converted properly at this point, but it’s worth trying it and providing feedback.

Here’s a short how-to video I just published, where I go over how this whole process works:

Please let me know your thoughts on this and thanks in advance for sharing this post with your Social Graph.


  • Promising. Since you have to export to Flash, you will have to avoid the use of master slides with background images and having drawing objects in the Captivate file: they do not export to Flash. Thanks, RJ, for the tip about repairing the error 🙂

  • I don’t have Flash Professional on my machine.

    I tried it and got the ‘bad parameter’ fail error. 🙁

    • Anonymous

      Hi Donal, thanks for your comment. I just shared the .FLA file that gives the error with the Wallaby team and they believe they might know what’s causing it. I’ll keep you posted.

      • Marie Wallace

        Did you manage to sort this out as I’m getting the same error and too dont have the Professional version either.  Fingers crossed Marie

  • Nice… hope something will be done for the adaptation of SWF activities made to be abble to use Cp for publishing for Apple stuff (like using JavaScript)

    • Anonymous

      That would definitely be nice, JF. However this doesn’t look too promising. Thanks for the comment.

  • Meant to say – for me this very exciting as we like to stream a lot of our movies. The process to this from Captivate can be quite laborious and means a loss of quality.

  • David Lopez

    Thanks for the tip RJ. Saw this a while back and finally got the chance to try it with a quick and simple tutorial. I do have flash professional on my machine so I tried to open the exported flash and it wouldn’t recognize it. I am running CS4 but exporting from Captivate 5 and it gives me an ‘Unexpected File Format Error’ Any suggestions, the file that I get when I export is a .fla file. Please let me know if you have a moment.

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