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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.

Tweet to Help

Some days back, I spotted a tweet by Tom Johnson announcing his new post – Podcast on the Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging. I know that I have been a sinner, not having updated my blog for over a month.
Nowadays, I spend a good part of my day keeping an eye on my Twitter home. My primary intent is to play the information facilitator for RoboHelp, the Adobe product I document. Twitter gives me the means to shout out updates, new tools, hidden features, and events.
I follow the power users of RoboHelp on Twitter and easily get information when they post new content on the web. My job then is to map that content to core Help topics and add the links so that other users can benefit from this supplementary content.

Step 1: Spot the announcement of a useful post.

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Step 2: Identify the relevant topic in Help and add a link to the post.

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Step 3: Tweet about the Help update.

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Twitter gets me thinking – in different directions. Every now and then, I get derailed and something non-RoboHelp catches my attention. I spot ‘cloud computing’ and become curious to find out about what the world is thinking about documentation for SaaS applications.
Johnson’s posts reassured me that these occasional detours are a necessary part of the social networking experience that we are seeking as corporate tweeters and bloggers. They broaden our interests, update us on the trends, and prepare us to create relevant and interesting posts (being irrelevant and being boring are two of the seven sins Johnson talks about).
You can check out Johnson’s blog for the other five sins. Meanwhile, what are the seven deadly sins of tweeting?

MAX Awards Finalists

If you’re a multimedia enthusiast, don’t miss the entries chosen as MAX Awards finalists. Watch the videos selected in each of the eight categories and vote your favorite.
Voting ends on October 6th, at 12:00 noon PDT.

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.

Mini TOC Placeholder in RoboHelp

With RoboHelp, you can automatically generate mini TOCs in long articles with many subsections.

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Here’s Benny Joseph, my colleague at Adobe and a RoboHelp pro, on when to use the mini TOC placeholder and how:

Consider the following when you create and apply master pages with mini TOC in your RoboHelp project:
Need for mini TOC: Many topics could contain only one coherent topic, which does not require structuring through sub headings or bookmarks within the topic. For such topics, a mini TOC might not be required. You can create a separate master page without the mini TOC placeholder and apply it to such topics to avoid the mini TOC from appearing.

Topic Length: If your article is a large topic with many subsections, the mini TOC could appear long and nested. In such cases, try to restructure and divide the content and in multiple topics. For example, if you use lower heading levels such as Heading 5 and Heading 6 to highlight definition lists, try to bunch them under a higher level heading, and apply paragraph styles other than heading styles.

Number of levels: RoboHelp includes heading levels 2 through 6 in the mini TOC by default. However, if the topics have a large number of lower-level heading styles, the mini TOCs generated on these pages can become long and deeply nested. To avoid this, limit the number of levels in the mini TOC to have a shorter mini TOC that gives a quick overview of your topic contents.

Placement: Even though you can place a mini TOC placeholder in a topic or a master page, use the master page option if your project is large or you are updating an existing project. Inserting a mini TOC placeholder in each topic can be time-consuming, whereas you can apply a master page with a mini TOC placeholder to large projects at one go.