Adobe has a new program in place for eLearning products (Adobe Software Assurance) that genuinely excites the bargain hunter in me and I wanted to share the details here because I believe it is one of the best purchasing solutions for most people using these products. In a nutshell, you get free upgrades for two years plus free gold support and help getting started with the software. It’s a perfect deal in today’s economy because it covers the big request – keeping your software current, and gives you the bonus of gold support.
We’ve already seen the frequency of releases increase and there is every indication that we should expect upgrades and updates to come more and more frequently. The best way to ensure that you are in sync with the latest versions of the software is to either participate in a subscription program, or to purchase the new Adobe Software Assurance. One advantage of Adobe Software Assurance is that you get Gold Support on top of the extended (2 year) coverage for automatic upgrades.
One of the reasons remaining current with the latest releases is so important is because the lines are starting to blur between eLearning authoring tools and rapid eLearning content. Captivate 6 and Presenter 8 include a wealth of rapid eLearning assets (things like smart learning interactions – including timelines, accordions, process diagrams and many more as well as characters and scenes). That means that most of the time when there is an upgrade you can expect to see more rapid assets as well as enhanced features.
Another reason is that the mobile landscape is evolving so rapidly it’s important to stay current in order to maximize the distribution potential of your eLearning courses. Every day we are seeing more and more organizations decide to support BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives, and as the mobile technology continues to improve and support a wider and wider array of smart devices, you’ll want to ensure you’re using the latest software to ensure you can publish to the broadest possible array of devices.
You can learn more about Adobe Software Assurance for Adobe Captivate here, about ASA for Adobe eLearning Suite 6 here, and about ASA for Adobe Presenter here. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to leave us a note in the comments section below.