June 18, 2012

Adding mLearning to your eLearning? Adobe Captivate 6 is the ‘HOW’

If you’re feeling the heat from your learners and your management to provide mobile (think iPad etc) versions of your eLearning courses but have been baffled by how to do it without breaking the bank, Adobe Captivate 6 is the solution to your problem. Long hailed as the industry leader in eLearning with about 70% of eLearning professionals identifying Captivate as top tool for many years, the just launched Adobe Captivate 6 takes the mystery out of publishing mLearning. In fact it enables you to publish both your mLearning and your eLearning at the same time.

Sure some ideologs with billion dollar budgets think that we must publish entirely separate courses for mobile devices like the iPad, but reality says that businesses are not suddenly going to shower training and development departments with record setting budgets just so you can ensure that the courses fit perfectly on the screens of hundreds of devices.

Enter the amazing new Adobe Captivate 6. Publish instantly to both Flash (because most browsers still don’t actually support HTML5) and to HTML5 for all those cool new mobile devices like the iPad. In fact you can create the same course for both desktop and device, and Adobe Captivate 6 will do the work for you. Just click the publish options for both Flash (SWF) and HTML5 (iPads and other mobile devices) and Captivate will not only publish files that are interactive, engaging and perfectly suited to online learning, it will facilitate SCORM reporting to an LMS for either device and it will even choose for you. That’s right, it will dynamically determine whether the device asking for the course is a computer or a mobile device and it will deliver the right kind of content for the right device. It’s all automagic. It’s all customizable. It’s all done without programming. And it’s all Adobe Captivate 6.

What’s more you can even open the same course from different devices, and the system will even remember your location. Your learner wants to start in the office and then migrate to the iPad on the train home? No problem, Adobe Captivate 6 will accommodate both needs and will even save their page in the course for them.

This is the breakthrough that you’ve been hoping for. You can finally just publish cool reliable interactive courses right from inside the world’s leading course authoring software, without a lick of programming, without hassles from iTunes and other app stores, and without the headache of learning complex and difficult new technologies.

Here’s a quick list of reasons that Adobe Captivate 6 can easily provide a solution for your mobile learning projects.

Sensational Performance
It isn’t enough to simply publish your mLearning content in HTML5. Some solutions simply convert interactive content to video and call it HTML5. Adobe Captivate 6 publishes high fidelity animation and interactions that perform quickly, smoothly and maintain the performance that you need and expect for your online learning modules.


Publishable Interactions
The new smart learning interactions enable you to ‘just add content’ and get all the interaction with none of the programming. But what good would super-cool, engaging interactions be if they didn’t also publish to iPads? You can publish all of the new Smart Learning Interactions straight to mobile via HTML5.

Output you can understand and trust
While many companies today are creating HTML5 solutions for mobile eLearning, none have provided the transparency in publishing provided by Adobe Captivate 6′s HTML5 tracker. We know that differences between desktop and mobile will mean that you may have to change some things. For example touch devices don’t understand rollovers. The Adobe Captivate HTML5 Tracker will instantly identify any such conflicts so that you know exactly what is happening as you publish your projects.

Complete Parity in SCORM / LMS Publishing
Assessment and Record keeping are essential parts of eLearning authoring. Adobe Captivate has provided top quality SCORM / LMS reporting to the published HTML5 solution. With Adobe Captivate 6, it doesn’t matter whether you publish to Flash or to HTML5, you’ll get amazing out of the box integration with SCORM compliant Learning Management Systems.

A Continued Tradition of Genuine Extensibility and Customization
No software solution has everything everyone could ever want. The adobe eLearning team has recognized this for a long time and has made it easy for developers to build tools that extend the tools found in Captivate to facilitate the thousands of different projects that people build using Adobe Captivate. Adobe Captivate 6 extends and enhances that workflow by facilitating both Flash based widgets (interactions that you can use to augment Captivate’s tool set) as well as HTML5 based widgets. This means that you can extend your Adobe Captivate 6 projects, even if you’re planning to publish them as HTML5. In this release we’ve included static widgets. Interactive and question type widgets for HTML5 are on the roadmap and should follow static widgets fairly soon.

Touch Savvy Quizzes and Interfaces
It isn’t sufficient to just publish the content as HTML5 for mobile. Mobile applications require some additional accommodations. Adobe Captivate 6 features touch-friendly quizzes, Table of Content, and iPad compatible user interface solutions. Your published solutions can easily meet the aesthetic and physical needs of mobile touch driven devices.

These are just a handful of the extraordinary ways that Adobe Captivate 6 can expedite and ease your mLearning authoring workflow. With these automated solutions in place you are free to translate older Captivate courses, design courses once and publish for multiple devices and to customize any published solution as much or as little as you like.

I strongly recommend that you take a look at the all new Adobe Captivate 6. You can download a copy here:

Posted by Allen Partridge1:47 PM
  • Richard

    Excellent news. Truly looking forward to some tutorials on just how to get from Captivate 6 (which I now have) to iPad and other mobile devices. And, very keen to be able to convert Captivate sessions into something that can be distributed on iTunes or from App store.

    Richard

    • Blue On

      Hi Richard,

      Congratulations! Great solid product that you have purchased!

      Just one remark to avoid any confusion:
      Captivate 6 will allow you to publish HTML5 Content. Nevertheless, whatever content created will not appear in The App Store. You may publish it on any website and this will be viewable e.g. with your iPad.

      Maybe there any posssibilty with PhoneGap, but surely no direct App-Store export.

      Christian

  • Xiaoqiao

    Very good meLearning integration! The publishable interaction is pretty cool.

  • http://blogs.adobe.com/adobeconnect Guillaume Privat

    May I add that the HTML5 content will be supported by Adobe Connect 9 Training application to provide a seamless workflow from content authoring to deployment and tracking.

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  • Matthew Leathes

    Have you any details about what mobile devices you’ve tested the HTML5 output on and which you formally support?
    We’ve published some test content which works really well in Chrome, acceptably well on iPad (2) and crashes Safari on iPhone 4 :-(

    • http://www.adobe.com/products/elearningsuite/ Allen Partridge

      Matthew, the support docs here list that. http://help.adobe.com/en_US/captivate/cp/using/WS16484b78be4e1542-74219321367c91074e-8000.html

      Here’s a summary:
      HTML5 output is supported only on iPads with OS version 5 or later.
      HTML5 output is supported only on the following browsers:
      Internet Explorer 9 or later
      Safari 5.1 or later
      Google Chrome 17 or later

    • Akshay

      Matthew – We recommend using iPads and iPhone 4S with iOS 5.x

  • Xiaoqiao

    Adobe Captivate 6 is the best solution for “me”Learning which perfectly connects mLearning and eLearning

  • http://www.technogenii.net/ Kristina Schneider

    Don’t get caught up in the hype. We bought Adobe Captivate 6 for mLearning/iPad and most of the functionalities necessary to interactive learning are not available.

    • http://www.adobe.com/products/elearningsuite/ Allen Partridge

      Kristina,

      We seem to be communicating about different things here. Adobe Captivate 6 was only released a week ago, so I’m assuming that you’re not actually talking about Captivate 6. As I explain in the article above and in the video, Adobe Captivate 6 provides an HTML5 tracker specifically to hilight anything which may be unsupported in export. Finally Captivate 6 includes a detailed summary of HTML5 limitations in the release notes as well as the help documentation. http://help.adobe.com/en_US/captivate/cp/using/WS16484b78be4e1542-74219321367c91074e-8000.html

      The help doc has a very clear list of exactly what items are currently unsupported on export. It’s not a very big list. It definitely doesn’t eliminate ‘most of the functionalities necessary to interactive learning.’ Is it possible that you aren’t talking about Captivate 6 in your comment?

      In addition the few items that aren’t supported are mostly based on the fact that the iPad doesn’t support rollovers. Finally, almost everything, including application captures, advanced actions, interactive elements, graphics, audio video and quizzing / reporting is supported. So it seems to me that the experience you describe is not actually with Adobe Captivate 6.

      Can you be more specific about exactly what you found wasn’t working on iPad?

      • Angelas

        I’m having really good luck with Captivate 6 testing so far, but we really want to create .ipa files (for sale–we’re a sports science publisher) and I’m afraid PhoneGap might be a nonstarter for us. We’ve invested so much in new technology lately and it I feel like every time I turn around I’m asking them for another subscription or another piece of software. It would be really awesome if Adobe could build in an “export to .ipa” into Captivate so we wouldn’t have to incur the additional cost of PhoneGap.

        Love the capabilities of Captivate, but don’t like needing yet another tool to get where we want to go.

  • http://www.adobe.com/products/elearningsuite/ Allen Partridge

    Hello Gbeevers,

    Thanks for stopping by. Over the coming weeks we’ll be publishing many projects that are created using Captivate’s HTML5 functions. When we do you’ll get to enjoy those on your iPad.

    –Allen

  • Jesse Braswell

    This is one of the reason I really hate adobe’s help. You do not tell me where the setting is that will make my Captivate file a iPad file. I need to know where I can set the resolution for the iPad.
    Put a link in this marketing stuff that will tell you how to do something. I do not care how great you say the software is, if I can not find what I need then it is useless!

  • Xiaoqiao

    Great that Adobe Captivate 6 provide the dynamic, interactive, customizable and engaging solution for perfect combination of mLearning and ELearning. The sensational “me” Learning will definitely brings about the great changes in ID and SPL.

  • Anne M

    I am new at using captivate as a training tool. I am importing slides from powerpoint, however, I can’t figure out how to edit the slides once they are in captivate? Does anyone know how I can edit the text or animation of powerpoint slides in captivate?

    • http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate Shameer Ayyappan

      Hi Anne, Captivate is integrated tightly with PowerPoint and allows round-trip editing. In Captivate, when you are on one of the imported PPT slides, got to the Main menu, go to Edit> Edit with Microsoft PowerPoint> Edit Slide. This opens up the slide in the PowerPoint interface. You can now make the necessary edits to your text or animations.

  • http://wordingmythoughts.wordpress.com/ Maddie

    Question pools, question slides (Matching, Short Answer, Likert, Fill in the blanks), and random question slides – these do not work in Captivate 6 when publishing in HTML5. Is there any widget or extension file that will make these types of quizzes possible to be published in HTML5??

    • Angelas

      Same question here, Maddie. Not having those particular types of quizzes is really limiting.

  • Raj Raju68

    Can we have edit enhance(Like MS Power Point) the content along with compiling the different platform’s source file.

  • NAGARAJAN_S

    Can we have edit and enhance(Like MS Power Point) the content along with compiling the different platform’s source file.

  • Jason Beck

    The post says:

    “you can create the same course for both desktop and device, and Adobe Captivate 6 will do
    the work for you. Just click the publish options for both Flash (SWF) and HTML5
    (iPads and other mobile devices) and Captivate will not only publish files that
    are interactive, engaging and perfectly suited to online learning, it will
    facilitate SCORM reporting to an LMS for either device and it will even choose
    for you. That’s right, it will dynamically determine whether the device asking
    for the course is a computer or a mobile device and it will deliver the right
    kind of content for the right device. It’s all automagic. It’s all
    customizable. It’s all done without programming.”

    Does anyone know if the feature to dynamically determine the device is only for SCORM and LMS situations?

    Can anyone point me to the directions of how to do this, regardless IF it is only for LMS/SCORM applications.

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