May 19, 2009

Shifting to Adobe eLearning suite – reuse existing Articulate Engage and Quizmaker content


In previous posts we have seen how we can reuse Articulate Presenter files by converting it to Adobe Presenter files. Adobe presenter is a part of Adobe eLearning suite. In this post we will see how you can use existing Articulate Engage or Quizmaker output files inside Adobe Captivate 4 project.

The rule is “Adobe Captivate movie plays the engage movie as long as engage movie can find the dependent files as it is expecting. Publishing as external files and copying the dependent files to same folder helps maintain this rule”.

Both of these Articulate products namely Engage and Quizmaker creates output files in such a way that there is a main file – let us say “engage.swf” – and a directory where all the dependent files are kept. The trick to use them inside Adobe Captivate 4 is to insert the “engage.swf” as animation and publish them as external files and copy the engage dependent files to the same place as “engage.swf”.

Below are the steps you can follow to import the articulate files to Adobe Captivate 4

  1. Open a blank file in Adobe Captivate 4
  2. Select Insert->Animation and select “engage.swf”.
  3. Say OK to the animation dialog.
  4. Select Edit->Preferences -> Project -> Publish Settings – Check “Animations” so that animations are externalized or they are published as a separate file.
  5. Say OK to the dialog.
  6. Publish the Captivate project to a swf. Let us say “CaptivateArticulateEngage.swf”
  7. Notice you will get “engage.swf” alongwith “CaptivateArticulateEngage.swf” in the published folder.
  8. Now you have to make a structure similar in relation to “engage.swf”. So either copy the dependent folder and files of engage here or to make matters simple copy captivate published file to the same place where the original engage file exists on your computer.

Click here or the image below to see a Adobe Captivate 4 demo on how to do it.

Posted by Rajeev Kumar6:07 PM
  • Lisa

    I would like to know how to have Captivate call on a link to an Engage interaction that is published on the web.

  • Ernie Brescia

    Rajeev – when you publish the Articulate file, what are you publishing as? Web? LMS? I’m following your steps identically but I don’t seem to end up with the XML file you do. All I get is the engage.html, the engage.swf and the folder with the other associated Engage content files. When I paste my “new” SWF into the folder that contains engage.swf, my new SWF behaves just like the old engage.swf and won’t run on its own. Any help you can offer is appreciated.

  • TheSaleBoat

    Lisa, that would be amazing, I wonder if you can do that

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