June 1, 2012

Adobe Captivate 6 Sneak Peek: Themes

I’m so excited about the upcoming release of Adobe Captivate 6. I’m going to burst if I don’t share something, so here it is. From deep inside the labs I’ve sorted out the details of one of the incredible new features coming in Adobe Captivate 6, and it’s absolutely wonderful. You’re going to love using the new Themes. Check out the video to learn more. Enjoy! 🙂

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Posted by Allen Partridge10:22 PM
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  • Very very cool!!! I love Captivate since version 3, but next version 6 looks excellent! Please, date of release? I will quickly upgrade my eLearning Suite 2.5.

  • Awesome Alan, looks great. Can’t wait to see more sneak peeks and/or for 6 to come out!

  • De Anna Fench

    This feature has Captivate 6 looking more like a real “rapid” elearning tool! Good stuff.

  • De Anna Fench

    Will we be able to edit and save changes to themes? Are there master slides and/or object styles associated with each theme? Thanks!

  • @De Anna – edit and save changes… yes. Master slides and object styles associated with themes … yes. Captivate’s middle name is customize. 😉 I like to think of it as rapid without the restrictions.

  • Paul Wakelam

    Looks great ! Can you create your own themes from scratch ?

    • Yes Paul, you can create your own easily right inside Captivate. I expect most people will do so in order to add branding, and to get the layouts etc. that are best for their use case. Awesome part is that there are so many cool ones in the box you can also modify and enhance to get a head start on that process too. Once created you can share the ones you make with your team too.

  • Awesome !

  • Paul Wakelam

    What tools do you use to create your demos ?
    How do you create the look at 1:12 where the talking head is beside the slide ?

    • Paul,

      I’ll prepare a video to show how I create the demos and get back to the community on this – it may be a little while before I can complete that.

  • Rohit Grover

    Will it be possible to create tables conveniently. In the demo, there seems to be some icons on the right which suggest that. Would it be possible to create more effects with buttons etc. Also will there be drag & drop questions.

  • I heard that the new adobe captivate 6, the swf animation will not supported? Im worrying because I use Swf rather than FLV.

    • Yuri, no worries. Not any merit to that rumor.

  • Mike

    Hi Allen. What’s the estimated release date for Captivate 6? My company is on the verge of purchasing 5.5, but if 6 will be released soon, we would rather wait and take advantage of the new features.


    • Mike, unfortunately we cannot comment on release dates. If you email me at allenp (at) adobe (dot) com I can perhaps provide a little more guidance.

    • Well the winner of the license will be announced July 25th. I’d assume it would be around then, if not before.

  • In the process of creating templates for my company in C5/5.5. Anything I should keep in mind for easy transition to C6 themes?

    • Nangal, the process with themes can be a bit more involved as you can also save the styles of text and various elements as well as the associated skins for the Table of Contents etc.

  • Aquil0

    Themes are OK for newbies, can I create my own theme as almost all of my clients require templates that align with their branding standard?

    • Yes of course Aquil0. You can create your own custom themes – customize is Captivate’s middle name. 😉

  • Connie Koskinen

    This is great for a new or casual user, but not that helpful for organizations that have their own branding and style guides. In that case, a team is typically working with existing custom templates. What about some “under the hood” basic time savers like being able to group objects, assign actions to a group, import/ export advanced actions?

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  • Michael Erichsen

    I need to translate some of my presentations into French, and the user want to have two alternating voices. It is quite an investment to buy an SDK and another voice from vendor, so I’d rather buy another copy of the next versi0n of Captivate, if it had a male French voice. Any hints bout that, please?

    • DennisTheTrainer

      CP has always had the Female and Male French voices from Neo and Loquendo.

      • Michael Erichsen

        In my copy I have Kate and Paul (US), Simon (UK), Juliette (French) and Stefan (German). Am I missing something here?

      • Michael Erichsen

        I have downloaded a trial version of V6 today, but unfortunately the links to the language packs gives a 404.

        • Hi Michael, that’s a broken link. We will fix it shortly. Captivate 6 ships with 5 voices: 3 US English voices, 1 British English voice, and 1 French (Canadian) voice.

  • DennisTheTrainer

    I’ve just downloaded v6 and am also very excited because after only 1 hour, my organization is convinced we will upgrade from 5.5 to this. In ONLY one hour, I have already supassed Articulate Storyline features (the in CP they all even work – unlike 80% of the Storyline features).

    My favs: 360 degree editing with PowerPoint (not obvious, but right click over a slide thumbnail and look at the menu bottom 🙂 YES YES YES!!!
    Update the PPTX and it will update the CP6 Project YES YES YES!!!
    Page Template are really well done.
    Another thing… CP5 and 5.5 Widgets stil work YES YES YES!!!

    I’m getting this upgrade Monday !!!

    • Glad you liked #AdobeCaptivate 6 and are getting the upgrade! Yes, the fidelity of PowerPoint to SWF conversions was one of the biggest features we delivered -though it goes unnoticed- which probably is a good thing 🙂

  • Two questions:
    – I’ve downloaded the trial version, but I don’t have any themes. Is there a place where I can download them?
    – As every major program of the eLearning suite has been updated, when will eLearningSuite 3 be released? (as soon as this is the case I will order this suite)

    • Glad you are trying out #AdobeCaptivate 6! On launch, go to ‘create new’> ‘blank project’ and you should see the themes panel appear above the stage. You could also show/hide the themes panel using the ‘Themes’ button on the main menu.
      The next version of eLearning Suite will be out soon. Please email me and I can provide more details: shameer at adobe dot com

      • The problem was that the themes are installed in the ‘my documents folder’. At my work, the my documents folder is on the server, and limited to 100mb. So I didn’t have enough space for the themes. I installed a test version on my personal computer too, and there I could find the themes.

      • Hi Shameer,

        I have the same problem with themes like Francis. After installing there are only 4 themes under E:UsersUSERNAMEDocumentsMy Adobe Captivate ProjectsLayouts6_0de_DE
        I have no idea where to find the other themes.

      • Solved the problem I descriped below.
        After deleting the Layouts-Folder and re-install Captivate suddenly all themes appears. Strange 😉

  • Captive

    If I am doing a software simulation can I add a skin?

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