In a stunning and welcome move, Adobe is announcing today a major update to their Adobe Captivate software. Captivate has been used by trainers and educators around the world for authoring online courses for more than a decade. In that time it has clearly become the industry leading tool for online course authoring (according to several eLearning Guild annual reports.) Mobile phones and tablets are quickly becoming the most common way to access the Internet and the Captivate team has reacted to Continue reading…
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This week I hosted Adobe Captivate Developer Anita Horsley in an eSeminar and was thrilled to learn a cool new tip. (Yup, even I didn’t realize that you could do this nifty little trick with your eLearning modules.)
Permit me to set the stage. You are building your latest learning module in Adobe Captivate. You know that the module is essentially four sections, one for each of three big topics and one for the final assessment. But it’s a long project, and you’ve got dozens, maybe even hundreds of slides. Every time you go to search for the start point of section 2 or three you find yourself scrolling the thumbnail section for Continue reading…
We recently released a free update for Adobe Captivate 7 and it includes some stunning new features and enhancements like support for iOS 7.0.3, Android 4.2 and later, Mac OS 10.9, and Windows 8.1, color swatches, lock size and position of objects, star shape, millionaire interaction, and this list doesn’t end here… The most awaited enhancements in this list are related to Advanced Actions and Variables. Let’s take a look that these enhancements in detail:
Copy actions across projects:
You can now copy an action, advanced action, and shared action into another project by copying the objects or slides associated with the actions and pasting them in the target project. While copying Continue reading…
Whenever software is updated I know I’m always eager to learn what is new and what is improved. I imagine that is the case for many people, so in that spirit I’ve compiled a list of the new and improved items included in the Adobe Captivate 7.0.1 update and I’ve added some context to help make sense of it all.
Mobile is one of the fastest growing areas in eLearning. If you missed my eSeminar on mobile learning last week, here’s a link to the Slideshare. The gist of my presentation: about half of all Continue reading…
Last month at DevLearn 2013 conference, I participated in the 9th Annual eLearning DemoFest event and showcased an Interactive eBook for iPad on how to use Adobe Presenter to create eLearning courses. There were 81 participants at DemoFest showing off their latest and greatest development efforts, offering the DevLearn conference attendees an opportunity to see a wide variety of solutions to common eLearning challenges, and information about the tools, technologies and processes they used to build them. And the good news is that we won Best of Show-Vendor and Best Open Entry awards for the interactive eBook on Adobe Presenter. Continue reading…
Let’s share a few scary cool tips and tricks for creating great eLearning with Adobe Captivate this Halloween. I held an eSeminar yesterday with a complete overview – Here is the downloadable source: littlMonstors.cptx, as well as a brief overview of some of the highlights.
Trick #1 – Create a popup window with just a few clicks
In this example I created a simple example of a glossary popup window. It’s incredibly simple to do in Captivate. Just Shift-Select all of the items in your popup window – and press CTRL+G to group Continue reading…
Topic: Things you thought you could never do with Advanced Actions and Variables
Description: Shhhhh! It’s a secret, which will be revealed during this exciting session on Advanced Actions and Variables, where Dr. Pooja Jaisingh will demonstrate how to make the most of this feature in Adobe Captivate 7 and a lot of things that you never knew you could do with Advanced Actions. Register now to secure your seat!
A few months back, I had created an interactive eBook for iPad using different tools like Adobe InDesign, Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Photoshop, and Digital Publishing Suite, and wish I could add a few more tools to this list… LOL
To be true, I had no experience whatsoever to create InDesign documents, Edge animations, and DPS folios when I started working on the eBook, but the videos available on Adobe TV and tutorials offered on Lynda.com came to rescue and really helped me complete my task. Now it’s my turn to give back and share my learnings with all of you 🙂
So here’s a step-by-step guide to create an interactive eBook. I’ve divided this guide in six steps to make it convenient for you to jump to the step you want to learn about.
Step 1: Setting up the InDesign document
The first step to create an eBook is to create the artwork that you will be using for background design, animations, interactions, etc. and set up the InDesign document. You need to add the tentative number of pages in your eBook and create Master layouts with common imagery for the eBook. Let’s look at Continue reading…
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.
I’m thrilled to announce a wonderful lineup of amazing eSeminars scheduled throughout June. We’ve got a solid group of eSeminars prepared for your learning and enjoyment and we hope you’ll jump right in and explore these awesome offerings. As always our eSeminars are free and focus on a broad variety of topics from basic technical implementation of your course modules, to advanced and even theoretical concepts in eLearning. If one is right for you, just click the link to register and get calendar updates.
Developing Large Quizzes in Adobe Captivate from Quiz Databases
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 10:00 AM US Pacific
Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist for this discussion and demonstration of methods for working with an established quiz database to rapidly create beautiful, interactive and effective quizzes using Adobe Captivate.
Interactive eLearning and Adobe Captivate 7
Thursday, June 06, 2013 8:00 AM US Pacific
Interactions add life to eLearning courses by making it engaging for the learners. It helps learners actively participate in the course and hence improves learning and retention. Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish as they show you how to transform the drab content screens to interactive eLearning courses in a few simple steps. They will also demonstrate how you can easily publish these courses to HTML5 and/or apps for mobile consumption. Don’t miss it!
Understanding Accessibility Standards for eLearning
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:00 AM US Pacific
Learn how to quickly and effectively build Accessibility compliant interactive courses in Adobe Captivate. Join Adobe Accessibility Specialist, Greg Pisocky & Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist for this deep dive explanation of accessibility in eLearning courses. Whether you are developing training for government, education or a commercial organization, you are very likely to face stringent organizational requirements and growing legal demands to ensure that your eLearning content is 100% accessible. Learn how to create your projects in Captivate, deliver them to either online or mobile learners, and deliver accessibility compliant courses to your organization’s accessibility officer that will easily meet standards and guidelines.
Create Your First eLearning Course
Monday, June 17, 2013 10:00 AM US Pacific
New to online course development? Never built an eLearning course in Adobe Captivate before? Never fear, we are here to help. Join Adobe eLearning Evangelist, Dr. Allen Partridge for a discussion and demonstration of how to build beautiful interactive eLearning courses quickly using Adobe Captivate.
Drag and Drop Extravaganza
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:00 AM US Pacific
Learn how to make the most of drag and drop questions in Adobe Captivate. Join Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist as he demonstrates and discusses the fundamental concepts in interactivity and engagement for your eLearning courses. We’ll explore many examples of drag and drop for all different kinds of eLearning applications.
Topic: Interactive eLearning and Adobe Captivate 7
Date and time: Thursday, 6th June, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Interactions add life to eLearning courses by making it engaging for the learners. It helps learners actively participate in the course and hence improves learning and retention. Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish as they show you how to transform the drab content screens to interactive eLearning courses in a few simple steps. They will also demonstrate how you can easily publish these courses to HTML5 and/or apps for mobile consumption. Don’t miss it!