June 15, 2012

Introducing Adobe Captivate 6: Sensational eLearning Authoring

I love being part of a team. There are few things in life more rewarding than pulling together with a group of like-minded souls in order to accomplish a goal that everyone agrees is important and meaningful. At Adobe our mission is to change the world through digital experiences. In the eLearning team we are deeply committed to the serious work of creating positive change by enabling creativity, educational experiences and making that experience easy and productive. Today our team is thrilled to announce that Adobe Captivate 6 is now available.

Simply put, Adobe Captivate 6 is a sensational tool. Years of innovation, evolution and experience have led to an absolutely amazing tool capable of creating virtually any kind of eLearning content with incredible ease. The hallmarks of Adobe Captivate 6 are genuine, powerful and effortless mobile learning solutions, phenomenal digital video screencasting, and unbelievable out-of-the-box assets including awesome interactions that work in Flash and HTML5, a giant library of hundreds of Actors to add personalization to your projects and jaw-dropping themes that facilitate rapid development so well, you might just call it instant.


iPads and Mobile, Here we come!
The eLearning industry has been aching for a solution that will facilitate robust and reliable delivery of eLearning content to the latest mobile devices. Support for iPads, Tablets, and other mobile devices is just a click away through Adobe Captivate 6’s hot new publish to HTML5 output. Captivate 6 now publishes natively to HTML5 as well as the traditional Flash and other output options. Not only does it output for seamless iPad publishing via HTML5, it also exports MP4 video to facilitate impressive Just-In-Time training.

Just add Content
Have a look at the incredible Themes, Actors and Smart Learning Interactions in Adobe Captivate 6. These phenomenal out-of-the box solutions facilitate a shockingly fast workflow. Better yet, it’s Captivate, so they are all customizable and extensible. No need to stop with the wonderful stuff in the box, you can add your own cutout people, and create your own fully customizable themes to facilitate the branding and template styles that work best for your organization.

The eLearning World’s Favorite Application Simulation Tool Just Got A Serious Upgrade
There’s an incredible surprise waiting inside Adobe Captivate 6 for you. We’ve added High Definition, native video screen / application capture, and we’ve done it with the eLearning savvy you’ve come to expect from Captivate. Captivate has earned a place as industry leader for a long time in the Application Simulation arena, but we didn’t want to rest on any laurels. Why not give a completely awesome video only solution for screen recording? You asked for it, you got it. You won’t believe all the cool features. The mouse remains editable even after the video recording. Output to mp4 or YouTube is lightening fast. A crazy simple editor let’s you zoom and pan with fantastic ease and adding transitions is a breeze too.

These are only a few of the marvelous new features in Adobe Captivate 6. Download a copy now, and let us know what you think. Feel free to join us on Facebook, or reach out to us on Twitter #AdobeCaptivate as well.

Posted by Allen Partridge9:53 AM
  • Disillusioned

    There’s only one problem with Captivate 6 – the upgrade pricing. It is a complete slap in the face for all of us who purchased 5.5 with its minimal increase in feature set and functionality.

    • Samjburrough

      That’s just how Adobe rolls, I had the same thing when 5.5 came out a month after buying eLearning suite 2.

      • http://twitter.com/CraigTaylor74 Craig Taylor

        LOL, fancy seeing you here ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/shawndconnelly Shawn Connelly

      “minimal” Are you serious? This is an evolutionary upgrade!

      Believe me, I’ve been working with the beta for months. I need to get some sleep, otherwise I would speak volumes about what has changed or been added (ah… but just quickly – full motion video which is on par with Camtasia, HTML 5 output for hardware agnostic mLearning, GUI revamp, really cool smart objects, new quiz functionality, etc.).

      Just go download the trial and see for yourself before jumping to conclusions.

      http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html

      • Disillusioned

        Sorry Shawn – I was referring to 5.5 being an upgrade with a minimal increase in feature set and functionality. In my opinion, there needs to be a more realistic pricing model that will encourage people to stay with Adobe. Captivate is not the only product out there.

    • Christian

      I agree with you. The upgrade price is a bad joke. No Version before was that expensive. This will be the first Captivate Version since Macromedia-Times I do not purchase.

  • Iñaki

    Hi, I’m trying out Captivate 6 and I’ve just discovered that the HTML5 publishing doesn’t work for every question type of the quizzes: it doesn’t export fill the blanks, match elements and short answer. Are you implementing this soon?

    By the way, I’m using the Spanish version and I can’t use special characters like “á”, “´0″, etc. This is a big fat bug!

    Keep on working, this is going to be a nice piece of software.

    • Vish

      Hello There,

      With Adobe Captivate 6, we support Multiple Choice, True/False, Hot Spot, and Sequence Question Types. There is a plan to implement others as well and we are working on it.

      I’ll check it in the Spanish version and get back to you. I’m guessing you are using Alt+Keys to enter these special characters right?

      Thanks,
      Vish

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  • Jody S.

    What I really use is the TTS function. NeoSpeech Paul in particular. However, my biggest gripe is that there isn’t a find and replace (other than export to word then import) for any text in the Notes area. I have 4800 slides in my complete training project that have to be individually scanned for product names when things change.

    Does any one know if Captivate 6 offer Notes Find/Replace search?

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

      Jody, the only option to find/replace notes will be to export to XML, modify and import back

  • Bonnie Lane Davis

    Just downloaded the trial! Looking foward to trying out the new features! :-)

  • Richard

    I’m a Mac user and so the export to HTML5 in Captivate CS6 is new to me yet it is VERY important and would be grateful for some ‘how to tutorials’.

    I have just paid for the upgrade to Captivate CS6 and want to start using it straight away.

    I have two goals:

    a) Create captivate elearning courses that I can export from Captivate to iTunes as self running applications.

    b) Create captivate elearning courses that I can transfer (somehow) to mobile devices so they can be delivered to people on their iPads, iPhones and so on. Was thinking dropbox would be good for this (see comment at bottom of this mail)

    It would be really wonderful if the Captivate team would show me and others how to achieve my two goals.

    Thank you

    Richard

    PS – Interesting thing just happened. I exported a Captivate learning course to HTML5 and got a folder with the HTML file + other folders and files. Tried to load all the files up to drop box to move to another computer and Dropbox rejected certain of the files. Not sure why that is. Wonder if anyone has any ideas?

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

      Hi Richard,
      we’re unable to reproduce the dropbox issue. Can you check if this is occurring because you’re exceeding the dropbox size limits…

      • Richard

        Hi there. Sorry for the delay in reply.

        I’m a Mac user and, as you’ll know, Mac users didn’t have a publish to HTML facility (from Adobe Labs) for Captivate until now. A great step forward with CS6……if we could find out how to use it!

        When I publish a Captivate file to html I get a single folder containing other files and more folders. For example in the main folder, I get an index.html file, a project.js file and the sub folders, ar, assets, callers, dr, vr and wr. Some of those folders have sub folders. When I try to load either the folder which encapsulates all the above or drag all the files and folders to DropBox from Finder on the Mac, certain of the folders are rejected.

        I have plenty of space on Dropbox (2 Gbytes) and have deleted any stuff I already had up there. It looks as thought I can upload the files (index.html and project.js) but not sub folders.

        We are very keen to get our elearning packages onto iPad and iTunes so our customers can use them but having difficulty finding out how to do it. I would be very grateful for your guidance.

        Best Wishes

        Richard

        • Vish

          Hello Richard,

          I’m able to copy HTML5 content (All the folders) to my dropbox folders. Is it possible to do a remote connect to your machine and see the issue? Please email viswanat at adobe dot com.

          Thanks,
          Vish

          • Richard

            Many thanks Vish

            I’ll fiddle around and see if I can cure this problem…

            Thank you

            Richard

      • Richard

        Re my message below……it seems that it is not possible to load sub-files to Dropbox.

        I should say that the aim of the game is to get my Captivate learning sessions onto my client’s iPads. I tried to upload the Captivate generated html5 files to Dropbox to see if I could download them from Dropbox to iPad. Quite clearly this is probably not the best way of exporting content to iPad and so I would be very keen to learn how I can export content to iPad (and other mobile devices). Can’t find any advice on the web and so grateful for your guidance. My reply below deals with the Dropbox problems I’ve experienced.

        Best Wishes

        Richard

      • Lbown

        Hi Shameer,

        I have been trying to find the answer to a question that Richard brought up. Is it possible to create a course with Captivate and convert it into a file type that could be submitted for sale on iTunes or the app store?

        Thank you.

      • Richard

        Hi Shameer (and Lbown..below):

        Have replied elsewhere also but here’s what would be good.

        Ours is a very small company and we offer training – classroom training. Starting with Captivate CS5.5 we started offering elearning and what I am finding is that our customers, especially our overseas customers, are really hungry – very hungry indeed – for more elearning content. I now have two orders for elearning courses I’m having trouble completing on time!!! Success!!

        We have just upgraded to CS6 and we aim to step up our e-learning programme and we can, looking ahead, see a time when e-learning could become a major part of our output.

        Here’s the problem. I can deliver elearning to my customers but I have no way of protecting that content. My output could be copied, pirated, sold on, stolen etc etc. I can’t afford an expensive LMS at this time (unless you could recommend an inexpensive system).

        What I (and almost certainly many others) have to do is find someway of delivering our Captivate content so that it can be bought and paid for by the customer. It strikes me that one of the best ways to do this is by selling Captivate content via Appstore or iTunes or something similar. The problem I face is that I have no idea how to do this and so I would be most grateful for your guidance in this area.

        Best Wishes

        Richard

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

          Hi Richard, Lbown, The easiest way to achieve this is to run the #AdobeCaptivate output thru Phonegap. A clear step by step process for achieving this is detailed in Dustin’s blog post: http://blog.easelsolutions.com/2011/12/creating-an-ipad-application-with-captivate/
          While this is for the earlier HTML5 converter in Cp5.5, the workflow holds good for the HTML5 output from Cp6 as well.

          • Richard

            Very many thanks Shameer. I’ll give it a try and let you know how I get on.

            Best Wishes

            Richard

  • Paul Wakelam

    On the publishing page under advanced options in cp 6 there is scalable html tick box. (This is not mentioned in the Cp6 help.) (it is in the same slot as in cp 5.5 where There is “enable swf for conversion to iphone applications” was. What does this do ?
    Does the publish to HTML 5 option allow ipad users to use pinch to zoom and other gestures ???

    rgds paul

    • Vish

      Hello Paul,

      When we enable this option, the content gets auto-resized for the browsers. That means it would autofit to the browser window.

      Thanks,
      Vish

    • Phil

      Hi All…. I can’t see an answer to Paul’s question about Gestures… can Captivate 6 support Gestures or not?

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  • DBIS

    When will the Elearning 2.5 be upgraded to version 3?
    As a loyal registered elearning suite owner I am still waiting to purchase Flash6/Dreamweaver6/Captivate 6 upgrade.

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

      Hi, The next version of eLearning Suite will be out soon. If you send me an email, I’ll be happy to provide more details: shameer at adobe dot com

      • Jaryk

        Hi Shameer, Can I ask about release new version of Elearning Suite via your e-mail? I also wait more than month for release eLS, because I want to use dw cs6, fl cs6 and now cp6 too! Then I quickly upgrade from my eLS v.2,5 to new version (3 or 6?). The new prices of upgrades are sure not low, but I agree it! We are not fruit salesmen, we are elearning professionals (hope -:) and perhabse our job is little bit higher level, solvent clients, etc. Why so many people crying here? I live and businesses in poor country and for so revolutionary upgrade CP6 I have no problem to pay. oooh, sory for my language, I am not native English speaker. Have nice days!

        • Christian

          Jaryk,

          noone is crying here. But not everybody earns money with eLearning. I’m a Teacher, even I get an academic discount, the new prices for Captivate are really high and I have to pay it for myself. No school which pays for me. I don’t earn money with my eLearning courses, I only “earn” – hopefully – smiling students.

          I think it is allowed to “criticize” the new pricing. The old price was fair, the new one isn’t – that’s my honest opinion, and I think I’m allowed to say that because Adobe also advertise Captivate with my positiv reactions (from the Beta-Test) at the Customer testimonials side.

  • DBIS

    What is the eLS6 Upgrade that comes up in captivate

    “Stay tuned to this section for the eLS6 launch announcement!”

  • Jo

    The price of Captivate is well worth the money. Rather than buying the software go onto the subscription option. It will always guarantee you have latest version of the software and at only US$19.99 a month its great value for money

    • DBIS

      I believe that the Elearning suite will NOT be available as a subsription at this stage

      • DBIS

        just found out that elearning 2.5 is available for Australia @ AU$73 per month (It does not show in the AU Store /price obtained via online rep chat)

    • Christian

      US$ 19.99 for ONE product.
      US$ 49.99 for the whole Creative Suite.
      Where is the great value?

      And outside the US it’s much more.

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

        Christian, you do have the eLearning suite available today for $39. The next version of the suite will be out soon.
        The value of most of Adobe’s Point Products (Ps/ Fl/ Id , etc) are set to $19.99. We believe the pricing makes it easier for you to make a choice- if you use more than 2 adobe tools, you should go for the suite or the creative cloud. Most key geos have the same subscription price. Please let me know which specific geography you’re referring to.

        • Christian

          Hi Shameer,

          I allready use the Creative Cloud but Captivate isn’t part of it. A subscription to an coming ELS would mean to me – am I wrong? – paying twice for most of identic tools (I also own Presenter since many years – therefore not a reason for ELS).
          And we always talking about US$, the pricing in Europe (in my case Austria) is much higher.

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

            Yes Christian, if you are an eLearning developer, you should possibly use the eLearning suite subscription (and not the creative cloud). The next eLS will include a brand new version of Presenter (a major update).
            Adobe Captivate is priced at 17.99 Euros/ mo (annual plan) + Tax in most of western Europe.

          • Christian

            Shameer, I know you’re not the one who makes the prices, but as I said to Jaryk below, not everybody earns money with eLearning.
            For me as a Teacher (I know, there are an academic discount) who developes and supports the school website (in Dreamweaver), creates documents (in Indesign), videos (in Premiere Pro) AND eLearning content for our Moodle Platform (in Captivate) it is an expensive “hobby”. Right, noone forces me to do that, I like to do that, but my private budget is limited and it’s an illusion that my school would pay for it.
            Two Suites with most identical tools blows up my options.

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

            Christian, in-fact I am responsible for the pricing. So your feedback is valuable. We’ve tried to create our suites targeted at specific user segments. Our research shows that the number of eLearning professionals who also use Premiere pro and InDesign is v.small, and wouldn’t justify its inclusion in the suite. We hope that these outliers would be able to pick a suite, and subscribe to the additional point-products as and when necessary.

          • Christian

            Well, Shameer, I understand your arguments. Hope, you’re understand mine. Maybe the number of people like me is very small but we are existing.

            Put a “special ELS upgrade fee” for Creative Cloud users to the next christmas (or earlier) wish-list at Adobe and you’ll not only see children smiling ;-)

          • Doug

            Is the next version of Elearing Suite -VERSION 6? as it says inthe demo version of Captivate 6.
            Also if you subscribe to ELS2.5 will you get access to new version without additional charges
            ie is new version an upgrade to the subscription version of ELS2.5 Or is there a NEW subscription version for NEW ELS 3/6

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

            Doug, if you subscribe to eLS 2.5 (and maintain your subscription), you will receive all future upgrades (including eLS6).

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

            Thanks for sharing you thoughts, Christian :) I think you will be pleased with our pricing directions in the future.

          • George Phillips

            For what it’s worth, I’m in a similar boat to Christian, as I am in charge of creating and maintaining all our unit’s training resources, including eLearning, our website, help sheets and documentation and brochures, so I would also like to see InDesign included in the eLearning suite.

            I must also admit to being rather disappointed with the upgrade pricing, as we only purchased the eLS 2.5 license 2 months ago and as useful as some of the CP6 features look, we can’t really justify the upgrade price so soon after the initial outlay.

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

            Hi Geogre, going forward, we will have more frequent updates to Cp, Presenter, and many of the other products in eLS. For individuals it makes more sense to purchase our subscription offering; and larger organizations and enterprises should evaluate our M&S offering. Both these provide access to all updates during the contract period.

          • George Phillips

            Hi Shameer, thanks for the reply. I probably would go with the subscription if I could, but unfortunately I’m restricted by the University’s procurement procedures.

            Still, I have to say that if the updates are going to be more frequent and you’re not going to provide a reduced upgrade rate for recent purchases, then I really think the upgrade prices are a bit steep, especially when we get charged more for the same product in Australia.

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

            Hi Geogre, if subscription is not an option, please do evaluate the M&S offering. This is priced much lower than upgrades, and would be the best option to stay update with software. Would you like someone from sales to contact you and explain this option better?

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  • Ayesha Habeeb

    Wow now Captivate also has come up with Mobile version. Good for the learners – they are getting the benefit of highly interactive tools – be it Articulate storyline or Lectora online. Authoring tools can help clients start using elearning soon!

  • Richard

    With the e-learning suite in mind, I know it was possible to ’round trip’ to other Adobe products if you owned the elearning suite (CS5.5). I owned the Master Suite (CS5.5) that had all the same products as the e-learning suite but I could not ’round trip’ from Captivate 5.5.

    I have recently upgraded to the Master Suite CS6.0 and, this week I have purchased the upgrade to Captivate CS6.0. Will I now have the ability to ’round trip’ from Captivate to my other Adobe products (or some of them?)

    Best Wishes

    Richard

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

      No Richard, eLearning specific round-trip workflows will only be feasible with products in the eLearning Suite.

      • Richard

        Thanks Shameer. IF you don’t mind me saying, that seems entirely bonkers to me. People who buy the Master Suite (me!) are your big investors. I have all the products in the Master Suite that appear in the elearning suite and yet roundtripping won’t work (as it does in other Adobe products)….Bonkers! Please fix.

        Best Wishes

        Richard

  • Wolfgang Granon

    I’m curious if they managed now to offer a stable product. Until now I had severe problems with all Captivate versions in stability. In 5.5 I had to stop using it, because of memory errors even though there where at least more than 2GB free memory every time this happened… Really weak for such an expensive product.

  • Andrew Alonzi

    Shameer

    I’ve just tried to download the free trial of Captivate 6 to my iMac, with no success (installation error). I’ve been directed to the direct download page, but there’s no version of Captivate 6 to download (is this because it is new?) Any help you can give me would be appreciated.

    Andrew

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

      Hi Andrew, sorry for the confusion. We’ve now refreshed the page, and you should be able to download Captivate 6 from the direct download page.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.murphy.77582359 Patrick Murphy

    Captivate, thou art baser than a cutpurse.

    • Richard

      That’ll set ‘em thinking!

  • Bob Mack

    I’ll speak for myself – the subscription price that Adobe charges for the eLearning Suite is a huge bargain, in my opinion. I also subscribe to Creative Cloud (another great bargain) and I understand the complaint of those who don’t like paying for both, but when I combine to two payments for each subscription I still feel I am getting tremendous value. Captivate and Presenter do things for me that I would never be able to do otherwise.

    I love the features of Captivate 6 which I have just started playing with on a trial download. My question is this: will there be an option with the new version of Presenter to publish that content to an HTML 5 format? I create elearning modules now based on PowerPoint presentations and would love to continue to do that but also be able to publish content that will work with iOS.

    Cheers to Adobe from World Class Beer! We’re building our Beer U program around eLearning Suite, Creative Cloud and hosting it on Adobe Connect.

    • Doug

      Hi Bob

      In Australia:
      Creative cloud is $62.99 (annual contract)
      eLearning Suite is $48.75 (annual contract)
      Total First year $1,340.88 (on annual contract)

      Following year – renew at ANY price Adobe wants to charge otherwise no software access.

      Not much of a bargain to me

      • Bob Mack

        Doug – In the US it is a little less expensive as I pay less than $1,000 a year for the subscription for the first year, but those 2 suites contain something around $3500 to $4000 of software if I purchase them outright. And while Adobe does reserve the right to increase the price of future subscriptions, I still think it’s worth more than I am currently paying.

        Bottom line, Adobe makes both types of purchase available – subscription and outright purchase. Choose the one that you feel best about.

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  • M A Hafez

    Excellent. how to instal it in my computer?

  • Asha

    Can someone please give me the link to download Adobe Captivate 6? I cant find it anywhere.

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