Already praise is flying in for Adobe Captivate 7, “Is it worth the jump? Positively YES“, says Jim Liechliter of CaptivateDev.com. I wholeheartedly agree with Jim. The team has described this release of Captivate as ‘Everything You Need to Create Anything in eLearning’ – and it’s a completely appropriate description. There are some positively wonderful surprises for eLearning developers who’ve become accustomed to Adobe Captivate’s powerful toolset, and there are some incredible new features and enhancements for everyone who needs an eLearning authoring tool.
Fast and Easy – You’ll have beautiful content in minutes
First and foremost, Captivate 7 is easy, easy, easy to use. The numbers are in and Captivate users love using Themes, Characters, Smart Shapes and most of all, Smart Learning Interactions to create beautiful content out of the box. Smart Learning Interactions are an incredible tool you’ll only find in Adobe Captivate. Just choose an interaction and then add your own text, sound and images. You get fantastic, fully animated, fully interactive, games, charts, learner activities and interactions that work where you need them – both on desktop and laptop computers, and on mobile devices via HTML5. Adobe Captivate 7 ADDS 15 Brand new Smart Learning Interactions to the bundle, and enhancements for the original 10! Some highlights: A YouTube Interaction, to put YouTube content right inside your course, and even navigate to a precise time within that video, A Web Interaction, to include entire Websites, online or offline in your course, and a Note interaction – with it, your learners can jot down notes about the course for their own reference.
Drag and Drop is as easy as 1-2-3
Only in Captivate, Drag and Drop is easy as 1-2-3 and like virtually everything in Adobe Captivate, no programming required. Instructional Designers often recognize that physical manipulation of items provides an opportunity to meet a wide variety of learning objectives. Adobe Captivate 7 provides an incredibly simple to use – and insanely powerful way to create Drag & Drop interactions for your learners.
Easily Convert PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX) to HTML5
With Adobe Captivate 7, Adobe is providing a simple method to convert Microsoft PowerPoint files into HTML5 easily. Just import the file into Captivate 7, then Publish the document as HTML5. Poof, PowerPoint to HTML5 – and best of all, your text, bullets, animations, SmartArt, and even Triggers are retained. This one feature alone would make Captivate 7 well worth the cost, but Captivate has hundreds of amazing features like this.
Fantastic Tools for Education
Educational use of eLearning hits a new high with this release of Adobe Captivate. Now MathMagic is BUILT RIGHT IN! That’s right, math and science teachers, engineers, and other assorted geniuses around the world are having a collective celebration because Adobe Captivate 7 includes an incredibly powerful and totally familiar Equation Editor. Just ‘Insert Equation’ and use the built-in MathMagic Editor to bring your formulas to your learners with ease. (I bet you’re starting to see what I mean about Everything you Need.)
A GIFT for Importing Quiz Databases of Any Size
Also a hit with Educators … Import massive Quizzes with support for Moodle GIFT format file imports. Moodle’s GIFT format is commonly adopted by quiz database translators, and now you can take a GIFT format quiz database and import it into Captivate, INSTANTLY creating a fully formatted, grade generating, review page optional quiz. And I do mean instant. With added support for ALL Quiz Question Types in HTML5 that means that you are just seconds away from converting your entire Quiz Database into an incredibly beautiful online module when you are using Adobe Captivate 7. I am doing an eSeminar on this topic tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5, at 10:00 AM US Pacific. You can register for FREE, here.
Hello Tin Can, I’m Captivate
They make an adorable couple – Adobe Captivate 7 has Tin Can support and even includes a custom Moodle template to make configuring Captivate to report to SCORM in Moodle is easier than ever. In fact, with built in Scorm.com drivers Adobe Captivate 7 will work out of the box with virtually any SCORM compliant or AICC compliant LMS. But why stop there? Adobe Captivate 7 will report your data to Adobe Connect, or to Acrobat.com. You can even report your data to a lightweight LMS (Alternative Reporting) that is included in your Adobe Captivate 7 Goodies. There is simply no more versatile tool for reporting your data to an LMS. And hey, that headache you get when you think about an LMS – Adobe Captivate 7 is like a jumbo painkiller for LMS headaches. Team Captivate is on the spot whenever problems arise – just jump into our incredible forums at captivate.adobe.com and you’ll find help in a Flash.
Powerful Accessibility Enhancements, Including support for WCAG2.0 and ADA
Adobe Captivate 7 is pushing Accessibility to new heights. The content you create can easily be made Accessible to all of your users. We know that many in Education and Government face serious limitations when it comes to course development and Accessibility, so we’ve created intuitive and powerful tools to help you build courses that meet the needs of every learner. I’m giving an eSeminar on Accessibility in Adobe Captivate 7 ‘Understanding Accessiblity Standards for eLearning‘ featuring Adobe’s Greg Pisocky, Accessibility Specialist on June 12, at 10:00 AM US Pacific. You can Register HERE to attend the live session FREE.
But Wait, there’s still more!
Captivate 7 includes support for system audio recording, sharing of Advanced Actions between projects, and even includes the Multi-sco packager! There are enhancements to the A3C (Adobe Captivate Course Companion) which include the ability to facilitate in course communication between learners and educators, as well as between learners.
You won’t want to miss Adobe Captivate 7. You can download a free trial copy here. Join our enormous Facebook community here. Check out tons of great videos here. Learn tips and tricks here. Download Example Courses here. And leave us your thoughts, and share your excitement … right down there…
Oh, and by the way. In my opinion, the Adobe Captivate Community is the biggest and best eLearning community on the planet. You are helpful beyond all expectations, you are kind and clever and come from every corner of the globe. You are also mature, self-critical and full of wonderful ideas. We at Adobe appreciate everything that you contribute to Captivate and we’re proud to share in this journey, building better tools – with each one of you. If you’d like to be more involved with the community, consider joining us on facebook, or participating in the new GetSatisfaction community. You might even like to contribute right here on the Captivate blog, or perhaps write a blog all your own.