Is Flash an integral part of Captivate? What functionality dose Flash do? Is Flash something that I should need for an eLearning project? My primary need is just to add interactive Quiz questions to a MS Word document or to a PDF document.
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flash, in the context of adobe property, is widely used to (confusingly) mean several different things including but not limited to,
1. the flash pro executable program that creates fla files and publishes (shockwave) swf files,
2. the flash player (ie, the shockwave or swf player) that displays/plays swf files in webpages or on operating systems,
3. a shockwave (swf) file and
4. the fla file published by the flash executable.
there are other programs that can create shockwave (swf) files including captivate, flash builder, after effects and many other programs. the swf file format is open. anyone is allowed to create a program that generates swf files.
the flash pro executable is the most powerful program with the most flexibility (afaik) to create swf files. other programs aim at particular user needs and dumb-down flash pro's capabilites in exchange for ease-of-use.
If you want quizs and stuff flash can work if you can code AS3 or you can use PHP & JS