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July 12, 2010

Announcing Adobe eLearning eSeminars for July, August,

I’m thrilled to share the details of several upcoming eSeminars for the next several weeks. I’ll be sharing thoughts on Adobe Captivate 5 for various audiences and interests over the next several weeks. I hope you’ll join me as we take deeper dives, explore various features, and even do very basic overviews all aimed at answering the needs of the diverse users of Adobe Captivate (and maybe some future users too.) If you want to see one, just click the bitly link and sign up with your Adobe ID. They are always fun and its a good chance to meet members of the community – get those pesky questions asked, and learn about some new things that may interest you. (Times are all US Eastern.) Hope to see you there.

Leveraging Legacy PowerPoint Training with Adobe Captivate 5 for Beginners
11:30AM-12:30 PM US Eastern Time

This one hour session hosted by Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, is intended for Trainers, eLearning Professionals and members of the Academic community who want to learn how to migrate their legacy slide decks to more engaging interactive online content.

Comparing Adobe Captivate 4 to Adobe Captivate 5
11:30AM-12:30 PM US Eastern Time

Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, will focus on the differences and similarities between Adobe Captivate 4 and Adobe Captivate 5 during this one hour session intended for people with experience using prior versions of Adobe Captivate.

Advanced Interaction Development for Adobe Captivate 5 for Advanced Users
11:30AM-12:30 PM US Eastern Time

This one hour session will focus on Advanced Learning Interaction Design, Pedagogical and Development issues for eLearning. It will be hosted by Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist and is intended for Advanced users of Adobe Captivate, eLearning Professionals, Academics, and Training Professionals.

Captivate 5 for University Educators
11:30AM-12:30 PM US Eastern Time

This one hour session hosted by Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, will focus on making the transition to asynchronous and synchronous online education & distance learning for university faculty and instructional design support personnel. The session will examine the specific needs of higher education with regard to online education and will demonstrate solutions using Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2.

Understanding the Adobe eLearning Suite Workflow
11:30AM-12:30 PM US Eastern Time

Dr. Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, will present a one hour online e-Seminar for intermediate users of Adobe Captivate and / or Adobe eLearning Suite. The core issue will be expediting eLearning development with the complete toolset provided in Adobe eLearning Suite 2.

Posted by Allen Partridge9:13 PM Permalink
July 2, 2010

Ready for your first project with Captivate 5?

Now that you have Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite2 in your hands, it is time to help you hit the road running and guide you thru the huge list of enhancements and features we’ve packed into the product. First off, click on the tutorials link (at the bottom left of the welcome screen) to access the large set of Captivate tutorials packed right into the product.

More tutorials are getting created and should be posted on the elearning channel on soon. Several of our partners will be coming out with Captivate 5 and eLearning suite 2 training shortly. I will update this blog with this information.

Also, the Captivate forums will be manned by our engineering team during these initial months to assist our community leaders in their efforts to address any issues or questions you have regarding the new version. Feel free to ask your eLearning Suite questions in the same forum. We are also on Facebook. Feel free to reach out to us thru either of these channels or directly via this blog.

In the coming weeks, we will have the feature owners from the Captivate and eLearning Suite team blogging about their favorite features, helping you discover the possibilities with this new version. So, stay tuned, and if you’ve not done so already, please go ahead and download your trial now!


Posted by Shameer Ayyappan4:03 PM Permalink

Free Downloads of Adobe Captivate 5 & Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Trials are now Online

After many weeks of waiting eagerly Adobe Captivate and eLearning Suite users may now download the free trials of [Adobe Captivate 5]( The release contains many significant enhancements that have Captivate and eLearning Suite users literally chomping at the bit to get their hands on it. You can also download the[ eLearning Suite here.](

Mac users are ecstatic as Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2 are now both available for the Mac OS, making the products the first major eLearning industry authoring packages to enter full force into support for the Apple Mac OS. Many Mac users have written, called and addressed me in person to wholeheartedly offer both encouragement and enthusiasm as we see Captivate and eLearning Suite move firmly into cross platform eLearning authoring tools.

Because of the addition of support for Apple Mac OS, Adobe engineers rebuilt Captivate 5 from the ground up – affording them an unprecedented opportunity to modernize every aspect of the tool. The performance enhancements are nothing short of amazing – with faster file start times, faster save times, a multi-document, Adobe standardized interface and dramatically enhanced workflows Captivate 5 has been called a ‘must have’ update in a recent review for[ Learning Solutions Magazine.](

It’s little wonder Joe Ganci displays some enthusiasm about Captivate 5 in his review. It doesn’t take long to see that the time saved simply by using the propery inspector (always available) rather than clicking endless open and close boxes used in previous versions is only the beginning of usability improvements far too numerous to list.

We’ve been plugging away for months now creating resources to help everyone learn all about the new versions of Adobe Captivate and Adobe eLearning Suite as rapidly as possible. One of the most exciting efforts is our new eLearning Channel on [Adobe TV]( We’ve added a bunch of great new videos to get you started and are making more every week. The eLearning Channel will include a wide range of videos including everything from tutorials to customer experience mini-documentaries. If you’re hoping for a top level overview of [Adobe Captivate 5, I recorded a 25 minute overview here.](

I also recorded one describing [Adobe eLearning Suite 2, located here.](

Another highlight while you visit? Our own Kush Amerisinghe, video superstar from Ask The Adobe Ones[ interviewed me about the launch of eLS2.](

Looking for something shorter to fill those 5 minute gaps. I’ve been posting a steady diet of mini-videos featuring Captivate 5 on the new [AdobeElearning Channel ]( YouTube. Why not take a moment to subscribe and check out the latest offerings. The video short on [Fundamental Design & Composition Concepts for Multimedia eLearning]( has proven very popular.

My good friend and colleague Priyank Shrivastava wrote a very nice [high level overview of Adobe Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2 ]( you can check out here. He does a great job of highlighting the critical elements of the release.

RJ Jacquez, whose contributions to Captivate are legendary, has posted [a wonderful overview ]( his very fine videos describing many of Captivate 5′s new features. And i’m sure we’ll see tons of additional contributions from the rich community of Captivate users as we all start to experience the new software. In fact, i’d encourage you to give your own feedback, and ask your own questions right here in the comments, as you download Adobe eLearning Suite 2 and / or Adobe Captivate 5, and see for yourself.

Posted by Allen Partridge9:37 AM Permalink
June 23, 2010

Rocket speed intro to TTS in Cp5

Got 4 minutes to spare. I’ve uploaded a short and to the point video overview of Text-To-Speech using Adobe Captivate 5. It includes a demo of the new French, German & British English voices as well as a step by step walk through of the simple process of adding TTS elements to your Captivate projects.

One of the most exciting aspects of Captivate 5′s TTS handling is the support for non-included voices. We know that people are trying to localize in many, many languages. We also hear from folks who prefer different, more specialized voices for different reasons. In order to support the broader needs and interests of eLearning developers, Captivate 5 actually examines the voices already installed on your computer. If you have special voices, it will find them and offer them as choices during the recording session.

As i’ve looked at this area, TTS, over the past several years, it does seem (especially with some of the recent advancements in ‘emotional’ and ‘evocative’ voices) that TTS is growing more and more viable, at least as a low cost solution – and in some cases, its really just the right solution. Have a look at the video to see how it is handled in Adobe Captivate 5.

As usual, the video is available in higher res – click the 360p tab on the video to choose different resolutions.

Posted by Allen Partridge4:15 AM Permalink
June 22, 2010

Small Microsoft PowerPoint & Adobe Flash Objects in Captivate 4 after Flash Player 10.1 Installation

** UPDATE ** The fix for this issue is now a part of Flash 10.1. Simply install the latest version of Flash.

Today the Flash Player team released an update to Flash Player 10 ActiveX, which addresses this issue among other things. Please download and install Flash
Player 10 ActiveX (Internet Explorer)
and restart Adobe Captivate 4.

For more information, visit this page:

Remains are left for legacy record. Do not bother with the italic bit, just install the above update to Flash or newer.

After upgrading to Flash Player 10.1, you may notice that imported Powerpoint images and SWF animations appear smaller in the Edit area and Storyboard. The issue does not affect published content. This issue affects authoring space appearance of several Captivate objects, like the FMR animations, text animations, any third party animations and widgets. We are investigating this issue.

At this point we are recommending the following work around. Un-install Flash Player 10.1 using “Start: Control Panel: Add or Remove Programs,” restart your computer and then install the previous version of Flash Player –

Please follow the following steps:

1. Go to Settings, Control Panel (On Windows XP)
2. Open Add/Remove Programs dialog.
3. Select Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX and click ‘Remove’ button.
4. Once the un-installation is complete, re-start your computer.
5. Open your browser and go to this link –
6. Under “Archived Versions” section, click on Flash Player 10 link and download the zip file containing all the Flash Player 10 exes.
7. Extract the zip file and then select 10r45_2 folder.
8. Inside this folder, double-click on flashplayer10r45_2_winax.exe to install Flash Player ActiveX.

If you have any difficulty with the preceding steps.

1. If you are not able to install this version of Flash Player then follow the link in your browser.
2. Click on Windows: uninstall_flash_player.exe
3. Save this uninstaller on your machine and run it to do a clean un-install.
4. Try to run flashplayer10r45_2_winax.exe to install Flash Player ActiveX once again. (Beginning with Step 4 above.)

Posted by Jayashree Pandeya6:22 PM Permalink
June 14, 2010

Nearly Instant Download & Playback of Captivate Files Online

People often ask me about Captivate file sizes and how to optimize the learner experience accessing online content. The crux of the question of course is how can i make playback start right away and keep size small enough that it downloads smoothly on the learners’ computer. It’s actually a lot easier than you might think.

I’ve posted a short video below (available along with many others on YouTube’s Adobe eLearning Channel as well) that demonstrates how I easily shrunk a 26 minute Captivate 5 file to a 12 MB SWF and how I used one of Captivate’s many preloaders to make the file start after downloading only a fraction of the content. In fact if you set such content to download only 1% the file would start after downloading only about 120 kb. (Even at 10% It only takes a second or two.) I think it helps to understand that by using preloaders (included with Adobe Captivate) you can create projects that only need to download as little as 1% of the Flash file before they begin. I would recommend downloading about 5% for most projects, as most projects are much shorter than 30 minutes.

So remember to try the optimization and preloader tools for your next online project. You’ll find happy learners as they jump into engaging, rich media eLearning experiences. (By the way, if you’re new to YouTube videos – you can click that 360p button to see a higher definition version of the video.)

Posted by Allen Partridge8:23 PM Permalink
May 11, 2010

Live online Adobe Captivate 5 & eLearning Suite eSeminar Wednesday

An overview of the new features in Adobe eLearning Suite 2 and Adobe Captivate 5 for trainers, educators and eLearning professionals. Learn how to maximize your productivity, create engaging media-rich online learning materials and easily distribute them with the complete toolkit for eLearning authoring. The eLearning Suite adds round tripping, course building extensions and amazing new direct capture from Flash to create powerful, professional workflows that will save you time, money and headaches.

Leverage the integration between Adobe Captivate and along with Adobe Captivate Reviewer and the new Quiz Results Analyzer to track and interpret the results of online testing. Discover how Adobe Captivate’s new Interface and workflow can help you produce more professional projects faster than ever and see how the new filters, custom animation support and video synching may be used to create compelling content to acquire and hold the attention of your learners. (Just login with your Adobe ID to register and get the event details.)

I look forward to seeing you there, and sharing a live demo of the new features in Adobe Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2.

Posted by Allen Partridge7:16 PM Permalink
May 10, 2010

Composition & Layout for Multimedia eLearning Projects

I often find students of ID and eLearning struggle with basic concepts in layout and composition of their multimedia eLearning projects. This short overview introduces the classic principles of design in the context of creating an eLearning project with Adobe Captivate 5.

Enjoy! ;)

Posted by Allen Partridge8:08 PM Permalink
May 7, 2010

Animation effects and filters in Adobe Captivate 5 & eLearning Suite 2

I wanted to share some more information regarding the new animated effects and filters in Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2. The video will give you a sense of both what can be done and how to accomplish it with Captivate 5.

Posted by Allen Partridge11:10 PM Permalink
May 6, 2010

Getting Started with Adobe Captivate 5

There is a lot to love in the new Adobe Captivate 5. Yesterday I told you about on-demand seminars, today let me tell you about a 50+ minute video featuring demos, an overview and tons of great information hosted on the new eLearning Channel on Adobe TV.

We’ve kicked things off with loads of great videos, including highlights of the new features, stories about people just like you using Captivate and eLearning Suite, and seminars to give you a deeper look at the latest Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2 advantages.

Follow the link to discover many of the amazing reasons why Captivate 5 is a huge leap forward for eLearning authors. So kick back, relax and do a little ‘professional development time’ with your favorite snack and what will no doubt soon be your favorite new rapid eLearning tool.

Excitement continues to mount as we are only a few short weeks away from the launch. You can sign up here to get an alert when the trial downloads are available.

Posted by Allen Partridge11:40 PM Permalink
May 5, 2010

Online on demand eSeminars for Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2

I’ve posted six new online on demand eSeminars to help you sort out all the cool new features in Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning suite 2. Each is approximately one hour and features extensive demos. Just use your Adobe ID to jump through the login and Enjoy!

What’s new in Adobe Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate 5 for Mac

Getting Started in Adobe Captivate 5

What’s New in Adobe eLearning Suite 2

Adobe eLearning Suite 2 for Mac

Getting Started with Adobe eLearning Suite 2

Posted by Allen Partridge5:38 PM Permalink
May 4, 2010

Before I tell you what’s new…

I enjoy a rare and amazing view of the entire process of creating great software at Adobe. My position lets me advocate (often vociferously) for the needs of users, and to collaborate with brilliant software engineers, managers and marketing specialists at Adobe to help bring forth software that meets very real needs for eLearning professionals, academics and training solutions providers.

From that perspective I get to see an enormous amount. I have been consistently wowwed by the incredible dedication — not just to producing great software, but also — to the needs of end users that i’ve witnessed among the product managers and engineers on the eLearning Suite and Captivate teams. I see it paying off incredibly in these new releases, and I’m confident that everyone will share my enthusiasm – This is an amazing leap forward not just for Captivate & the eLearning Suite, but for the entire field of eLearning authoring.

One of the most impressive things I witnessed is the manner in which Captivate 5 was rebuilt, both to accomodate the release on Mac OS, and to maximize user productivity. The changes are clear – but what might not be immediately apparent is the similarity, consistency, and allegience to the roots of Captivate that permeate the newest version. In other words, even if you’ve used Captivate in previous versions – even dating back a long long way, you’ll know immediately where you are and what you are doing. The fundamentals are unchanged – and where there are changes, the time I’ve been able to save in authoring is astonishing.

… mind the break and ‘read on’.

Continue reading…

Posted by Allen Partridge4:00 PM Permalink
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