August 5, 2012

Adobe Presenter Mobile App for iOS now Brings genuine AICC Tracking and Reporting to iPad

By now you’ve likely heard about the amazing new HTML5 capabilities in Adobe Captivate 6 – creating an ideal workflow for iPads and other OS devices. But wouldn’t it be cool if there were a mobile workflow for Adobe Presenter 8 too?

Well you’re in luck, because now you can easily download Adobe Presenter Mobile, a new app from the iTunes App store that plays your Presenter Flash files, right from the web on iPad and other iDevices. Yep!  It’s that simple. No need for special publishing, no need to build and deploy your own Apps on the iTunes store. You just publish  your eLearning project once, and the Presenter Flash files will play back from either a Flash plugin in any web browser, or from the Adobe Presenter Mobile App.  The best thing about it, is that you simply call up the URL on either the Desktop or the App, either way the same Presenter project file (SWF) is loaded and played.

Not only is this simplicity magical, thanks to the ubiquity of the solution you get unparalleled fidelity of your PowerPoint 2010 and lower files on conversion. Support for all kinds of animations, effects and triggers within your PowerPoint are all provided, including support for Microsoft PowerPoint Smart Art.

All of that alone would be pretty impressive, but add to it the fact that the Presenter Mobile App for iOS supports AICC tracking and reporting. Check around, you’ll find that the most of the competitors have no standards based support for tracking and reporting quiz data from mobile apps. Now with Adobe Presenter 8 and the Adobe Presenter Mobile App, you can create a seamless deployment that works on your iDevices, or even works identically on both your traditional desktops and laptops as well as your mobile devices.

Now you may be wondering, will my Learning Management System work with this AICC standards based tracking and reporting? The answer is most likely a resounding yes. There are two common standards supported by LMS’ in the industry today. Those are SCORM (more common in the US) and AICC (most common in Europe.) Fortunately in both the US and Europe, most learning management providers support both standards out of the box. This means that tracking and reporting to your LMS from an iPad running Presenter 8 content is a very realistic objective for the first time.
So the first question serious developers will have about this new app is ‘what’s supported?’ The answer is, nearly everything. Consider the table below which highlights the major supported features.

Supported Features in the Presenter Mobile App

PowerPoint 2010 New Features

Presenter inserted Audio

Presenter inserted Video

Presenter Quiz – Multiple Choice and True/False

Skins (Table of Contents & Control Bars)

Report to Learning Management (LMS) using AICC

Report to Connect

Slide Manager Settings

General Project Settings including (Auto Play on start, Pause after each slide, Duration of slide, and  Attachments.)

Presenter Preferences

The big win here is support for modern PowerPoint.  That means all your Smart Art, all those animations, even levels of animation and triggers all will work as you’d expect them to.  If you need High Fidelity PowerPoint translation for the iPad, Adobe Presenter 8 and the Adobe Presenter Mobile App are the team that you’ve been looking for.  Just publish from Adobe Presenter 8 to the web, then download and install the Adobe Presenter Mobile App to your iPad.  Launch the Adobe Presenter Mobile App and surf to the URL of your published course. You’ll find that you’ve finally got really great parity for that PowerPoint deck on your iDevice.

You can add audio and video within Presenter to the deck in order to give your eLearning that extra sizzle.  You can even add simple tests using the Multiple Choice and True/False question types.  The Table of Contents you’d expect as well as the other aspects of skins are supported, so you’ll be able to wrap your presentations in an interactive navigation system.

Tracking and reporting those quizzes is also possible, because the engineering team has added support for both standard AICC reporting via your LMS as well as through Adobe Connect.  Most of the other settings and preferences you use to manage the project and identify the presenter are already supported as well.

Now, of course there are some things that just don’t work in the Mobile Player App at this time. I wanted to ensure that you all have an easy location to spot these and discuss how they might impact your design / authoring for mobile apps for the iPad etc. using Adobe Presenter 8, so have a look at the table below for an overview of features not yet fully supported in the Adobe Presenter 8 Mobile Player App.


Feature details

Embedded Flash Projects (SWF files) including Interactions, Captivate SWF’s etc. are not supported.

Advanced Options (sidebar video, audio edit dialog, jump to slide etc.) for Presenter inserted Audio/Video

PowerPoint inserted Audio/Video

Limit of one quiz in a project

Quiz groups (used for shuffling questions) are not supported at this time

Advanced answer options are not currently supported

Audio Quiz feedback is unsupported

Fill in the Blank, Short Answer, Matching, Sequence, Hot Spot & Likert Questions are unsupported at this time

AICC Reporting is supported with the following limitations & guidelines.

  •  Status representation cannot be set to incomplete – > passed/failed in the reporting options
  • Slide views cannot be set to the exact number of slides
  • If other content is open / TOC is open or another URL is present in the text box, it does not launch the AICC URL
  • iPad to iPad resume returns learner to the  question previous to the slide upon which they quit
  • iPad to desktop resume is not yet fully implemented
  • Time field may not report on your LMS
  • Verbose Interaction data is not fully implemented
  • Only percentage reporting is supported

Embedded F4V video is unsupported

Quiz Settings (Required, Allow Backward Movement, Shuffle Questions and Shuffle Answers) are unsupported at this time

Output options (Quiz pane settings, Navigation warning message, Notes & Search) are unsupported at this time.

LMS – SCORM is not currently supported

Playback Options (AutoPlay on Start, Loop, Include Slide Numbers in Outline, Pause After Each Animation & Pause After Each Slide) are not currently supported.

Now while the Presenter project that plays back on your iPad is Flash, you need to remember that the mirror in a mirror effect is not supported at this time.  In other words, you can’t plop a Flash project (SWF) inside your Presenter Project and expect it to play on the iPad. While this technique is fully supported on the Desktop, it doesn’t yet work on the iPad.

If you want to add Audio or Video you’ll need to import them using Presenter, rather than using the PowerPoint import workflow. Also some of the more advanced features, like moving video to the Table of Contents tab are not yet supported.

Be sure to check the table above to better understand the current limits of AICC and quizzing support. You’ll also find that the non-standard playback options are not all supported at this time.

So now that you’ve got a pretty good idea of how it works, why not get started now. Just grab an iPad and follow this link to download the Adobe Presenter Mobile App from the iTunes store and check it out for yourself? As always, we look forward to your comments in the section below..

Posted by Allen Partridge9:05 PM


  • By Brian S Friedlander - 11:47 PM on August 5, 2012  

    Hi Allen

    This is really great! I was wondering if you could show us which file we need to upload to our server to utilize Adobe Presenter Mobile?


    • By Jayashree - 8:52 AM on September 14, 2012  

      You upload the same set of published files to your webserver as you do for desktop. In the mobile app. use the web server url to the index.htm to load the content.

      • By Brian S Friedlander - 3:49 AM on October 14, 2012  

        I tried this and I must be missing something. When I type the URL into the browser on my laptop it works just fine- I get not a valid Presenter URL on my iPad

  • By Jim H - 1:58 AM on August 6, 2012  

    Are there any plans to have Adobe Presenter publish direct to both Flash and HTML5, similiar to Captivate?

    • By Ceit Bristol - 10:14 PM on October 10, 2012  

      I would like to know as well!

  • By Damien Bruyndonckx - 7:11 PM on August 6, 2012  

    Wonderfull!! I’m sure it is the right direction to take to enable true m-learning! Too bad there is no Presenter on the Mac! If you keep doing such a good job with Presenter, you’ll finish by making me return to Windows!!!

    Thanks for this wonderful news….

  • By King Lion Fan - 11:28 PM on August 6, 2012  

    Wow, it is sooooooo cool! Did not realize there are so many new functions. That might be a wonderful experience.

  • By Andy - 10:13 PM on August 7, 2012  

    Thanks Allen for the post. I’m having trouble with audio playback on the iPad app. We start with the Presenter 8 trial in PowerPoint 2007 and add mp3 audio to slides through Presenter. Then we publish to our Connect server. Through a desktop browser, the slideshow plays back with audio. Through the iPad, the slideshow plays back with no audio. Any ideas?

    • By Jayashree - 8:49 AM on September 14, 2012  

      Hi Andy,

      There was a bug due to which audio was not playing on ipad; this is being fixed in the upcoming update.


      • By Matt Wagner - 3:54 AM on January 5, 2013  

        When is this update coming out? I just downloaded the iPad app today (Jan 3 2013) and I am experiencing the issue.

  • By King Lion Fan - 12:03 AM on August 8, 2012  

    Quiz it all up with APMA…
    Look like an interesting thing to finish all procedures including SCORM/AICC. SCORM compliant via Moodle or Moodle it up with SCORM/AICC.

  • By Richard Lewis - 6:36 AM on August 25, 2012  

    Should I be able to access curriculum and course content using the Connect Mobile app?

  • By UCCECH - 1:25 AM on September 14, 2012  

    How is this supposed to work with secure servers and LMS? You know, like Blackboard which is probably 90% of the user base?

  • By Ceit Bristol - 10:13 PM on October 10, 2012  

    Is there going to be an app for Andriod? Do you know when there will be a HTML5 for Adobe Presenter 8 – It will be very helpful as we are trying to reach as many students as possible. Thanks!

  • By nwnittany49 - 5:06 AM on January 3, 2013  

    Are there any updates to the App since this was last published?