In the modern media-rich internet, flash tutorials seem to be the most popular method of educating users in the use of software or pretty much anything else out there. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with flash tutorials, but there are some inherent problems in relying too heavily on them at this point.
The thing is, mobile users are becoming an increasingly dominant demographic in the consumption of internet user experience on the whole, and there are some issues with using flash to target this demographic. For one, they will always have smaller screens than a PC display, no matter how good their resolution may become in the foreseeable future. Also, many of these devices have low computing power or slower connections, which makes loading a flash tutorial a slow and arduous process from any mobile device.
There’s also the problem that flash tutorials aren’t necessarily going to run properly on a given devoice, considering that some of the more popular mobile devices (iPhone, for example) have poor to no flash support to begin with. Add to this the fact that creation of these tutorials can be a bit of a process requiring significant skill in flash, or the costly services of someone who has these skills, and you can see the problems inherent to relying on flash tutorials heavily.
However, we’d like to suggest an alternative that solves most if not all of these problems inherent to flash tutorials, and with a good helping of style and flair. WalkMe is a new tutorial and user interface platform for web content that’s designed with multiple platforms (including mobile) in mind. The primary purpose of WalkMe is to design intuitive tutorials that can be integrated directly into a page, allowing it to teach users how to use the site, web application or software through a hands-on style most people can readily appreciate.
Also, WalkMe is entirely web asset powered, meaning that it can adjust organically to match smaller screen areas, and is universally compatible with pretty much any browser due to its inherent design! It loads rapidly, as rapidly as the website that hosts it loads, simply because it’s part of that very page itself.
And let’s not forget, flash is a whole mess to learn and use, but WalkMe is not. WalkMe’s visual point and click editor can be used to make content-aware organic interfaces with little to no programming experience or knowledge, which puts it light years ahead of flash tutorials in that department.
WalkMe spares you the cost and difficulty associated with the production of tutorials on other platforms, as anyone can easily pick the Walkme editor up and become a wiz with it in minutes. Flash can’t do this.
Don’t let SilverLight or Vitalize or Shockwave deceive you, they’re just as expensive and troublesome as flash, but WalkMe is a tutorial solution anyone can get behind. When the time comes to produce tutorials for your website, don’t settle for bulky flash tutorials, use the ultimate platform – WalkMe.