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VoiceThread’s transition away from Flash

We received the following alert from VoiceThread:

Say Goodbye to Flash in VoiceThread on December 31st, 2017
VoiceThread transition away from Flash has been an ongoing project over the last four years.  Not unlike re-building a plane in flight, it required keeping in mind that VoiceThreaders all over the world were counting on us to keep the conversations going no matter what.  It’s been a long road, but now you don’t need any Flash whatsoever to use VoiceThread.  The new HTML5 version looks and feels the same while offering new features and increased security.

Currently VoiceThread users have the option to use Flash or HTML5 in their Display Preferences, regardless of which protocol was used by its creator.


Which web browsers are supported?

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are supported fully.  Please make sure you are using the latest updates of these browsers for the best experience.

Microsoft Edge and Safari can be used to view VoiceThreads, but these browsers do not yet support audio or video recording in HTML5. As soon as they do, we will support recording in those browsers.  Internet Explorer does not support HTML5 at all and cannot be used with the new version.


What’s new in the HTML5 version?

In the supported web browsers, your users should not notice a difference in their experience. It should be a seamless transition. In addition to being inherently more secure and responsive, however, the HTML5 version allows you to change the playback speed of any VoiceThread you are viewing.

The VCU eLearning Team
Learning Systems, Academic Technologies
VCU Technology Services

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Published on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 10:55 am by ejlichten in the Learning Systems Announcements blog.

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