Archive for July, 2009

Join in on the Twitter fun for a chance to Win an Adobe Suite

 

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As the old adage goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. If you already follow me on Twitter, you know that for the most part, I’m all business, providing my followers with real-time product news, tips & tricks for my products, replying to questions I receive, tons of how-to recordings, as well as other resources for eLearning and Technical Communication.

However, I also believe in making the experience as fun as possible through Adobe-branded giveaways, such as these tweets:

Today, I’m officially upping the ‘giveaway’ ante by announcing that upon reaching 1,000 followers on Twitter, I will do a drawing and randomly select a winner, who will have the choice between either the Adobe eLearning Suite and the Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2.

To participate, all you have to do is follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rjacquez. If you are already following me, you don’t have to do anything, you are all set.

Thank you in advance for following me, good luck and let the countdown begin!

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Licensing error Fix in Adobe Captivate 4 Text-to-Speech

 

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One of the great new features in Adobe Captivate 4 is the ability to convert simple text into speech, using Text-to-Speech. This feature works great out-of-the-box and it even enables one to customize the pronunciation of existing words and add new words to the dictionary.  However if you have tried doing this, you probably have noticed that you get various errors when you preview the new pronunciation, which makes it sound like you don’t have a fully licensed version of Adobe Captivate 4.

I have now heard from several customers, who have asked what is needed to correct this issue and thus I contacted our engineering team, who has provided me with a fix, and which I am sharing with you here.

I have uploaded a file to Acrobat.com, which fixes this issue, and here are the steps for you to download it and properly copy it to the correct place:

  1. Use the following link to download “UserDicEng.adb” from Acrobat.com
  2. Once downloaded, navigate to the following folder for replacing the Dictionary Editor for Kate: “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Captivate 4\VT\Kate\M16\bin”
  3. To make a backup copy of the existing UserDicEng.exe file, rename it to UserDicEng_backup.exe
  4. Now copy the file you downloaded in step 1 to the folder in step 2
  5. Rename UserDicEng.adb to UserDicEng.exe (be sure to remove .adb)
  6. Finally, repeat the same steps to replace the Dictionary Editor for Paul, by navigating to this directory: “C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Captivate 4\VT\Paul\M16\bin”

Once you have followed these steps, you will be able to add and customize existing words without received the licensing errors.  Thank you for using Adobe Captivate 4 and please RT so that you can share this fix with your own Twitter followers.

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Recording Now Available: Migrating and Benefiting from Structured Authoring in Adobe FrameMaker 9

 

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For those of you who missed the live eSeminar last Friday (7/24/09), on “Migrating and Benefiting from Structured Authoring in Adobe FrameMaker 9,” the recording is now available.

Thank you to everyone who registered and participated in the live event, and congratulations to
Michael Opsteegh, who was the lucky winner of the Adobe-branded laptop bag, which I announced on Twitter after the seminar.

http://twitter.com/rjacquez/status/2827279076

Click to watch the recording for “Migrating and Benefiting from Structured Authoring in Adobe FrameMaker 9.

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Maximizing your Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 Investment: Live eSeminar

 

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With 6 major Adobe applications and many more Adobe technologies in the box, Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 is not only the most complete end-to-end solution for Technical Communicators in the market, but it also makes financial sense, especially in today’s difficult economy.

In this 90-minute live eSeminar, we will explore all the applications in this Suite and how each application contributes toward taking your documentation to the next level by building interactive documents that are aligned with today’s Web 2.0 user experiences. We will also talk about how the innovations in version 2 of the Adobe Technical Communication Suite can help you increase your value to your employer.

Here are the specifics and what we will cover during this 90-minute live eSeminar:

When: Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10:00am Pacific Time

Registration: http://bit.ly/eRsm8

Duration: 90 minutes to accommodate for questions

Login instructions: Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, which will include a URL for you to join the Connect Pro room the day of the event. I will conduct a series of audio tests as participants begin to join.

Click here to make sure your system is properly configured to participate in this Acrobat Connect Pro event.

Audio: The audio portion for the eSeminar will be available via your computer speakers ONLY, through Voice over IP (VoIP) and thus no phone number is provided

Drawing Giveaway: As a small token of my appreciation for your time, everyone who attends the live eSeminar, will be entered to win this Adobe-branded laptop bag, and one lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced on Twitter after the event, so be sure to follow me @rjacquez.

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onDemand Resources for Adobe Captivate 4

 

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Whether you are a brand new user of Adobe Captivate 4, or an existing user exploring the new features and how these can increase productivity, here are two onDemand resources to help you along the way.

Adobe Captivate 4 for New Users

Last Friday, 7/17/09, I hosted a live eSeminar on how to get started using Adobe Captivate 4 for new users, and I’m happy to report that it went well. In case you missed it, you can watch the recording by clicking HERE.

New Features in Adobe Captivate 4

This eSeminar was delivered back on
03/06/09 and to date, it’s one of the most popular recordings. In case you haven’t watched it, and are exploring the new features in version 4, you can click HERE.

Real-time Tips & Tricks on Adobe Captivate 4

If you would like to increase your knowledge on Adobe Captivate and other Adobe applications, please consider following me on Twitter @rjacquez, for real-time tips & tricks, such as these recent tweets:

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Migrating to and Benefiting from Structured Authoring using Adobe FrameMaker 9: Live eSeminar

 

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Join me for this free 90-minute eSeminar, specifically designed for FrameMaker unstructured users, as well as MS Word users, who are considering migrating their documents to a structured authoring environment using Adobe FrameMaker 9.

Migrating your existing unstructured FrameMaker documents, or Microsoft Word documents to Structured documents in Adobe FrameMaker 9, is much easier than you may think, and the benefits include the ability to enforce authoring consistency, guided authoring, real-time validation and others. In this 90-minute eSeminar, we will explore the differences between unstructured and structured documents, and the overall process of using conversion tables in Adobe FrameMaker 9 for wrapping unstructured styles into structured elements, as well as basic DITA concepts in FrameMaker.

Here are the specifics and what we will cover during this 90-minute live eSeminar:

When: Friday, July 24, 2009 at 10:00am Pacific Time

Registration: http://bit.ly/j0Okt

Duration: 90 minutes to accommodate questions

Login instructions: Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, which will include a URL for you to join the Connect Pro room the day of the event. I will conduct a series of audio tests as participants begin to join.

Click here to make sure your system is properly configured to participate in this Acrobat Connect Pro event.

Audio: The audio portion for the eSeminar will be available via your computer speakers ONLY, through Voice over IP (VoIP) and thus no phone number is provided

Session Description: Migrating your existing unstructured FrameMaker documents, or Microsoft Word documents to Structured documents in Adobe FrameMaker 9, is much easier than you may think, and the benefits include the ability to enforce authoring consistency, guided authoring, real-time validation and others. In this 90-minute eSeminar, we will explore the differences between unstructured and structured documents, and the overall process of using conversion tables in Adobe FrameMaker 9 for wrapping unstructured styles into structured elements, as well as basic DITA concepts in FrameMaker.

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Adobe Captivate 4 for New Users: Live eSeminar

 

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Join me for this free 90-minute eSeminar, specifically designed for New and Trial Users of Adobe Captivate 4, where you will learn best practices and the fundamentals for getting started using Adobe Captivate 4.

Here are the specifics and what we will cover during this 90-minute live eSeminar:

When: Friday, July 17, 2009 at 10:00am Pacific Time

Registration: http://bit.ly/13UoNe

Duration: 90 minutes to accommodate questions

Login instructions: Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, which will include a URL for you to join the Connect Pro room the day of the event. I will conduct a series of audio tests as participants begin to join.

Click here to make sure your system is properly configured to participate in this Acrobat Connect Pro event.

Audio: The audio portion for the eSeminar will be available via your computer speakers ONLY, through Voice over IP (VoIP) and thus no phone number is provided

Session Description:
We will cover the following topics:

  • The ABCs or Adobe Captivate 4 and samples of what you can create
  • Best Practices for Recording the Screen for Software Demos and Simulations
  • Choosing the right pixel size for your projects
  • Differences between Automatic, Full Motion and Manual Recording
  • Previewing Projects
  • The essentials of editing slides, captions, mouse, images and other objects
  • Understanding the Captivate timeline
  • Inserting Question slides and Tracking
  • Publishing Projects to Flash (SWF) and other formats

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Moving to Monthly Twitter Wrapups: Follow me on Twitter for real-time Updates

 

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With two Adobe Suites, Conferences, eSeminars and much Traveling, I’m moving my weekly Twitter wrapup to a Monthly wrapup blog post instead.

Having said that, I have found Twitter to be invaluable for sharing product news, best practices and tips with my customers; as well as a platform where I can answer customer questions.

If you have found my weekly wrapup posts useful, please consider following me on Twitter for real-time updates in English @rjacquez and in Spanish @rjacquezEspanol.

In case your daily work precludes you from checking your Twitter timeline in real-time, consider using TweetDeck, which is column-based and it provides a great way for you to stay current any keyword or Twitter username. For example to create a column, which displays all of my tweets and tweets from other users, which include my twitter username, follow these steps:

  1. Sign up on Twitter.com
  2. Download and install TweetDeck
  3. To add a new column, click the Twitter Search icon in the toolbar
  4. In the search box, type rjacquez and press Enter.

You can use these steps to add other columns based on topics of interest to you.

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