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What’s New in Adobe Captivate 5

Smitha V, Adobe Captivate content lead, shares this overview of key new features with links to Help:

Adobe Captivate for Mac
Adobe Captivate 5 is available on Mac OS. Both Adobe Captivate on Mac and Adobe Captivate on Windows have identical features and homogeneous user interface.
For Mac-specific details and system requirements, see the product website.
See http://blogs.adobe.com/rjacquez/2010/05/say_hello_to_adobe_captivate_5.html for an overview of Adobe Captivate on Mac.

Optimized User Interface
Improve the overall authoring experience with Property Inspector that provides an in-context list of attributes when objects are selected. Work simultaneously on multiple projects using the multiple-document interface. Personalize workspaces and switch between them as and when needed. Benefit from a user interface that is consistent with popular Adobe applications such as Adobe Flash, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver.
To know more about the new user interface of Adobe Captivate, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the videos at http://tv.adobe.com/watch/rapid-elearning/optimized-user-interface-/ and http://www.lodestone.com/training/captivate_training.cfm

Object Styles
Quickly obtain a uniform and consistent formatting for objects by defining styles and applying them. Reuse the styles across multiple Adobe Captivate projects without having to recreate them.
For more information on object styles, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the videos at http://tv.adobe.com/watch/rapid-elearning/object-styles-/ and http://www.lodestone.com/training/captivate_training.cfm

Master Slides
Use Master Slides to easily create and maintain well formatted and consistent-looking content that meets corporate guidelines. Make project-wide formatting changes conveniently and consistently.
To learn more about master slides, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the videos at http://tv.adobe.com/watch/rapid-elearning/master-slides/ and http://www.lodestone.com/training/captivate_training.cfm

Rich Animation Effects
Create rich object animations within Adobe Captivate 5, by combining predefined effects such as straight-line motion, rotation, and glow. For added impact, seamlessly import custom animation effects from Adobe Flash® Professional.
To know more about animation effects, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the videos at http://tv.adobe.com/watch/rapid-elearning/rich-animation-effects-/ and http://www.lodestone.com/training/captivate_training.cfm

Multi-Video Support and Synchronization
Include videos in your content without having to use another application. Import videos in a wide variety of popular formats (AVI, MOV, FLV, MPEG) and synchronize video with a project, slide, or a set of slides.
To know more about multi-video support and synchronization, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the videos at http://tv.adobe.com/watch/rapid-elearning/multivideo-support-and-synchronization/ and http://www.lodestone.com/training/captivate_training.cfm

In-Context Learner Collaboration using Twitter
Use the Twitter widget to create courses that let learners collaborate with each other as well as with the author using their Twitter account. The learners can ask questions, get answers, and access preexisting discussions.
The Twitter widget will be made available soon on the Adobe website. So, stay tuned.

Collaboration and Review using Acrobat.com
Enable multiple authors to work simultaneously on a project by hosting and sharing projects on Acrobat.com. Also, host projects on Acrobat.com for shared reviews to enable authors obtain collective review comments from reviewers.
To know more about collaborating and setting up reviews using Acrobat.com, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the videos at http://blogs.adobe.com/rjacquez/2010/05/leveraging_the_acrobatcom_clou.html and http://tv.adobe.com/watch/end-to-end-elearning-development/better-collaboration-using-acrobat/

Tracking and Reporting without an LMS
Meet basic evaluation needs at no extra cost by tracking and reporting key performance metrics, such as average score and pass or fail, without having to invest in a Learning Management System.
To know more about tracking and reporting without an LMS, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the videos at http://tv.adobe.com/watch/end-to-end-elearning-development/tracking-and-reporting/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F6giegF61M

Expanded Asset Library
Get a larger set of prebuilt widgets, playbars, skins, stock animations, images, text captions, and buttons with superior aesthetics and usability.
To know more about these objects, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the videos at http://www.lodestone.com/training/captivate_training.cfm

Adobe Photoshop Round-Tripping
Instantly update Adobe Photoshop files imported in Adobe Captivate projects. Adobe Photoshop can be invoked from within Adobe Captivate. If source files are directly updated in Adobe Photoshop, synchronize the linked file in Adobe Captivate with its source using a single click.
To know more about animation effects, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the videos at http://blogs.adobe.com/rjacquez/2010/05/roundtripping_photoshop_cs5_in.html and http://tv.adobe.com/watch/end-to-end-elearning-development/integrating-graphics/

Adobe Flash Round-Tripping
Instantly update Adobe Photoshop files imported in Adobe Captivate projects. Adobe Photoshop can be invoked from within Adobe Captivate. If source files are directly updated in Adobe Photoshop, synchronize the linked file in Adobe Captivate with its source using a single click.
To know more about round-tripping to Adobe Flash, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the video at http://tv.adobe.com/watch/end-to-end-elearning-development/including-animations/

Record Applications from Flash
Record applications from within Flash without having to switch to the Adobe Captivate interface. For more information on the workflow, see Adobe eLearning Suite 2.0 Getting Started Guide.

Adobe Soundbooth Round-Tripping
Edit audio files in Adobe Captivate projects by invoking Adobe Soundbooth from within Adobe Captivate. To know more about round-tripping to Adobe Soundbooth, see Adobe Captivate 5 Online Help. Also, watch the video at http://tv.adobe.com/watch/end-to-end-elearning-development/enhancing-audio/

Round-tripping from Adobe Captivate to other products, such as, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Soundbooth is available only when these products are installed using the Adobe eLearning Suite installer. You cannot round-trip to these products if they are installed as point products or as part of Creative Suite 5.

Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2 Resources

Today is a big day for some of my favorite Adobe products. Having spent six years of my career in offshore CBT factories learning and implementing e-learning strategies (is Kurt Miles still around?), it’s not surprising that I am a wee bit more attached to Captivate and eLS.

New versions of these products are being shipped today and, finally, Captivate and eLS users get a chance to ‘play’ with these tools (links to download trial versions at the end of this post).
Ever since the new versions were announced, Twitter has been abuzz with queries about when they would be available in the store.

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The good news for all users waiting to try new versions of Captivate and eLS is that Adobe Learning Resources and power users like R J Jaquez (@rjacquez), Allen Partridge (@AdobeELearning), Michael Lund (@cpguru_com), Mark Fletcher (@macrofireball), Kevin Seigal (@Kevin_Siegel), and many others have created several resources that should help you get started. We have tried to make some of these available to you from the Captivate and eLearning Suite Help & Support pages. It’s a good idea to bookmark them.

I am also listing a handful of resources here:

Core Help
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/elearningsuite/els/gettingstarted/
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/elearningsuite/els/extensions/
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/ELearningSuite/2.0/CourseBuilder/elearningsuite_2.0_coursebuilder_extension.pdf
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/captivate/cp/using/index.html

Videos and Articles
End-to-End eLearning Development with Adobe eLearning Suite 2/
Adobe Captivate 5 for New Users/
The New UI in Captivate 5
Animation Effects
Master Slides
The New Effects Feature
Object styles will shave hours off of your development time!
Adobe Captivate 5: Quickest Quizzes Ever!
Constructing Test with Multiple Results (CP5)
Using Advanced Actions (CP5) to show conclusion, based on multiple scores
Widgets and the Widget API
A quick look at text to speech in Adobe Captivate 5
Leveraging the Acrobat.com Cloud in Adobe Captivate 5

As you use the product and the resources, do share your learning with other users by commenting in the Help.

Download trial version of Captivate 5.
Download trial version of eLearning Suite.

More details about the products here.

I can’t see Flash content on Windows 7

I haven’t yet had a chance to work on Windows 7. Although for many months now, I have had some second-hand experience of using it. The developers I work with, my coworkers, and my tweples – everyone’s talking about Windows 7 on the other laptop or the new PC.
Apart from substantiating the general euphoria about the interface and the speed, the comments or the tweets sometimes highlight pain points, many of which are compatibility issues and have a quick fix or workaround.
In a recent blog post, Rick Stone talks about one compatibility issue that our Help users are likely to encounter. Many HTML pages have Captivate demos inserted in them. If you are running Windows 7, you might find that these demos are not appearing (instead, there’s a large placeholder).

Cause and Solution
Flash Player is currently not supported on 64-bit browsers. Use a 32-bit browser.
For more information, see this document from Adobe KnowledgeBase.

To share his experience with RoboHelp users, Rick has added a link to his post in the relevant topic in RoboHelp Help.

If you have encountered any problem testing RoboHelp output and found a solution, share the information with other users by adding a comment.

New Adobe TV

The well-stocked Adobe TV has always been a great source for learning Adobe products. The new version that went live a couple of days back is packed with cool new features that you’ll love. Here are some top ones:

• Customizable homepage
• Improved navigation and search
• Save your favorite episodes to “My Library”
• Share videos on social networking sites
• Subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite shows
• Pop-out video player to view videos at any size
• Commenting and rating
• Tags

Check out the latest on Adobe TV.

Adobe Help Events at MAX

At MAX next month, Adobe is putting together some sessions with snacks and drinks to get feedback on the new version of Community Help. Get a sneak preview. The new Community Help has an all new AIR interface and some exciting new features.

The sessions will be held at these times:
• Monday 10/5/09 11:30 am – 1 pm
• Tuesday 10/6/09 4:30 pm – 6 pm

Please contact tknoop@adobe.com if you think you can make either of these sessions at MAX and she’ll send you more details.

Creating a Multi-Module Adobe Captivate 4 Movie with a TOC

Typically, when you create a multi-module course, you add a menu to support a user-driven learning path. When users can study the modules in any order or when a course has many modules, adding a visual clue to indicate user progress helps.

In Captivate 4, you can create a multi-module course that supports a user-driven learning path and also gives a visual clue (a checkmark) when a user completes a module by simply adding a TOC to the movie.

The steps to create a TOC are here.

If you are using a menu to create a multi-module course, check this article by Isaac Tabe. Isaac gives step-by-step instructions to show checkmarks on the menu slide of a multi-module Captivate movie based on user progress. The solution uses variables and advanced actions, a powerful way to add complex interactivity in your Captivate movie.

For more information on variables and advanced actions, see Captivate Help.

Tips to reduce editing time for Captivate movies

Anyone who creates computer-based tutorials for a client knows the kind of effort that goes into applying a consistent style, in on-screen text as well as visuals. If you are using Captivate to create these tutorials, there are many ways you can reduce post-production editing time.

One of the least-known ways is perhaps the way to change the default captions added by Captivate for various actions you record.

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Text to Speech Feature of Adobe Captivate

Text to Speech is certainly one of the coolest features of Captivate 4. e-Learning course developers no longer need to budget for the time and cost of audio creation. This adds a new dimension to rapid authoring. And where individual users like trainers, managers, and software developers are concerned, they can now independently create a movie complete with audio.
All you need to do to generate the audio for a slide is add slide notes and select a voice. Captivate converts the slide notes into audio in seconds. If you want to generate audio for multiple slides in one go, you can use the Speech Management option.

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