SWFs in media and mediaplayer folder

cpliu Community Member Posts: 237
In a published folder, there are media and MediaPlayer folder inside. Each has a SWF inside. What are they used for? It seems OK by removing them. Are they needed for any reason?

In MediaPlayer folder, there are also xap, css, png (skins), gif files. Under what condition will they be needed?

With Flash EOL coming, our IT will check for SWF files and disallow publishing with SWFs inside. When will Lectora publish courses without any SWF inside?



  • sirwise23
    sirwise23 Community Member Posts: 442 ☆ Roadie ☆
    We have the same issue with CornerStone.  I have to manually delete the SWF file each time.

  • carlfink
    carlfink Community Member Posts: 842 ☆ Superstar ☆
    What version of Lectora? 17.0 is not doing that, when I publish for AICC.
  • timjones
    timjones Community Member Posts: 8
    Are the player.swf file in the media folder and flashmediaelement.swf in the MediaPlayer folder only there for delivery as Flash if supported by the OS and/or browser? We're converting all content to HTML5 in preparation for moving to Microsoft Edge. Determining whether I need to do anything about those swf files or leave them. Not sure if Edge will just auto deliver the HTML5 equivalent video player controls.

    Sounds like maybe Lectora 17 publishes without the swf files at all?
  • carlfink
    carlfink Community Member Posts: 842 ☆ Superstar ☆
    SWF can be used in 17, but it won't be generated by Lectora. You can embed a SWF from another source if you insist, but modern web browsers will mostly then refused to play them, so don't.
  • jvalley4735
    jvalley4735 Community Member Posts: 1,357
    According to our development team, these SWFs may appear in case Internet Explorer 8 is used if you're using a version before 16.1. WIth 16.1 we released HTML5 media players which don't produce SWFs. Deleting them shouldn't be an issue.

    I believe in one of the next upcoming releases we should be including a publishing option for HTML only like Lectora Online currently has. The feature is described on the Lectora Online section of the website as such: "Select the "HTML5 Only (no Flash included)" publish option to exclude the Flash media player (swf) files from the published content that are used for fallback on older browsers. This will ensure you can successfully import the course into any LMS that disables the use of Flash." So no more deleting if the option is turned on :)
  • timjones
    timjones Community Member Posts: 8
    Thanks, that matches what I'm seeing when I re-publish using 16. Fortunately the LMS does not yet care if there is a .swf present in the SCORM package, even if it isn't used. Appreciate the responses!
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