Archive for August, 2009

Personalized Adobe Captivate 4 Software Simulations: An Advanced How-To Tutorial

 

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In case you don’t yet follow me on Twitter @rjacquez, you may have missed many of the short how-to video tutorials I record and publish daily on practical ways to get the most out of the Adobe products you use, for example Adobe Captivate 4 and other products in the eLearning Suite and Technical Communication Suite.

The following tweet is one I posted recently on using Variables and RDLs for developing personalized Software Simulations in Adobe Captivate 4. Click the image below to launch the original tweet, which has the link to the recording:

In addition, here are few more tweets about the the top most viewed videos recently published. Once again, click each image below to launch the original tweet, which has the link to the recording.

 

 

Feel free to search my Twitter timeline for other similar how-to tweets, and follow me on Twitter to receive new videos and tips in real-time: http://twitter.com/rjacquez/

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Using Adobe RoboHelp 8 for Knowledge base and Policies and Procedures Solutions: Live eSeminar

Description:
While Adobe RoboHelp is mostly used for creating context-sensitive Online Help systems for web and desktop applications, because of its ease-of-use and new dynamic linking support for Microsoft Word documents, RoboHelp is also very much ideal for non-technical users, who need to author and publish knowledge base systems, as well as Policies and Procedures on a company’s Intranet. In this eSeminar we will explore how to easily leverage your existing MS Word content for creating powerful online information systems, that are searchable and easily accessed by anyone using a simply web browser. We will also discuss how the new cross-platform Adobe AIR technology can be used as the ultimate delivery system for knowledge base solutions and Policies and Procedures.

 

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Here are the specifics about this 90-minute live eSeminar:

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 1:00pm Pacific Time

Registration: Click Here to Register

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 our 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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Recording: Maximizing your Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 Investment

 

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For those who missed the live eSeminar last Friday (8/07/09), on “Maximizing your Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 Investment,” the recording is now available.

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


Click to watch the recording for “Maximizing your Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 Investment.


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Adobe eLearning Suite: Creating engaging eLearning – the Adobe way: Live eSeminar

 

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For many years now, Adobe has revolutionized how Creative Professionals have used the tools in the Creative Suites to create some of the most compelling, engaging and expressive content in the world. And now with the new eLearning Suite, we are leveraging many of these technologies like Flash, Photoshop, Soundbooth and Dreamweaver, coupled with eLearning tools like Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter, as well as Suite-only eLearning extensions to enable eLearning Professionals to do the same by creating truly interactive, rich and engaging eLearning.

In this eSeminar, we will explore how you can leverage each of the 9 major Adobe applications in the eLearning Suite for rapid eLearning, courseware authoring, simulations, and media editing.

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

When: Friday, August 14, 2009 at 10:00am Pacific Time

Registration: http://bit.ly/XhqnM

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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Adobe Captivate 4 Best Practices: What’s Yours?

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This morning, in preparation for an “Adobe Captivate 4 Best Practices” presentation, I decided to send out the following Tweet, in an effort to learn from my followers what their own personal best practices were:

I have already received many replies with very useful information, which I would like to share in this post. In fact with every new reply I receive on Twitter, I will come back to this post and continue adding to it. If you have an idea, please send it to me on Twitter by beginning your tweet with @rjacquez.

Here’s the running list, I hope you find these useful:

  1. RT @andyjones1302: write dn, w/ pen & paper, steps U’ll take 4 a demo. Forces U 2 B short & stops mistakes.
  2. RT @Stevehoward999: If gving me images, dont giv compressed images (jpg, gif), they alrdy lost quality. PNG plz
  3. RT @edmarsh: Back up your prefs file when you have it set the way you like. #Captivate
  4. RT @lmardennh LOCK a slide when you are happy with it – I learned that the hard way!
  5. RT @Ricas_gti: Add audio before tweaking the timing of slides.
  6. RT @andyjones1302: Run through the demo on the tool a couple of times before opening #Captivate
  7. RT @kdraper: Try out search examples beforehand to make sure they do what you think they’re going to do.
  8. RT @andyjones1302: In a demo, make 1st 1/2 second of each slide empty, gives user time 2 view & get used 2 screen
  9. RT @spencerbean: When previewing large projects, use Hide Slide on less important slides to cut down on preview render time
  10. RT @macrofireball: Use Captivate to create prototypes and show them to clients as often as possible.
  11. RT @andyjones1302: When recording audio imagine U’re explaining ovr users shoulder. Leave in Ums & Errrs. More natural & engaging #Captivate
  12. RT @andyjones1302: In a demo, make 1st 1/2 second of each slide empty, gives user time 2 view & get used 2 screen
  13. RT @kdraper: Try out search examples beforehand to make sure they do what you think they’re going to do.
  14. RT @jenludwiczak: I always script and storyboard each session b4 beginning in Captivate.
  15. RT @macrofireball: Always include CC text. Not all learners (in office environ) have speakers attached to PCs
  16. RT @jwillensky: Overlay your TOC to add function but conserve real estate. #Captivate
  17. RT @Sue_Taylor: Add audio after doing the screen capture. Allows you to concentrate on 1 thing at a time.
  18. RT @jwillensky: Use “return 2 last slide” fcn & Return button 4 EZ round-trip 2/from help slides/lesson
  19. RT @Sue_Taylor: Use the slide notes area to script what you want to say – they are viewable while recording
  20. RT @cybertext: Long sequence w same caption? Get caption right on beg. slide, copy/paste to others, remove fade in/out = seamless
  21. RT @jenilsson: Take extra screen shots to ensure you have good images, then delete extras before doing any edits.
  22. RT @cre8iveii: Do small trial run, test on student machines – get screen resolution right for target audience
  23. RT @winntshawn: Remember to search through the library for unused items and delete them. saves on the final size!
  24. RT @emcod: Many captured slides can be deleted w/o affecting the flow of a simulation. Test by hiding the slide first.
  25. RT @Captiv8r: Rule of thumb 4 Captivate slide count. Consider 50-65 slides as an upper limit. 100s will cripple projects
  26. RT @Captiv8r: Always work on projects from local C drive. Copy to server only for backup. Don’t edit projects on a server
  27. RT @hypertexas: When creating on SME behalf, let them do a “scratch track” audio recording, then clean up & re-record final
  28. RT @tompsk: Create a separate test module for your course tests, keeps scoring nice and simple
  29. RT @hypertexas: Add an “agent” or guide to your #Captivate scenarios for continuity & more engaging transitions from one section to another
  30. RT @macrofireball: Don’t use spinning or flying text. animations Words and text do not fly or spin in the real world.
  31. RT @rjacquez: Just as a good photographer reviews and enhances their pictures, so should you Preview and go through your simulation after recording.
  32. RT @hypertexas: Avoid temptation to read text captions for narration. Redundancy confuses learners
  33. RT @joe_deegan: Always exit a project by using File > Close. Reduces file size significantly.
  34. RT @rjacquez:
    Use Automatic Recording to keep the file size down. Only use Full Motion to add ‘realism’ to your Simulations.
  35. RT @rjacquez: Create and Use Project Templates, they speed up #eLearning development and enforce consistency
  36. RT @rjacquez:
    [#Captivate Best Practice] Add Realism to Software Simulations by including short Full Motion slides throughout your projects
  37. Voiceover Recording Best Practices

  38. RT @lmardennh: BP for voiceovers: Do them all on the same day for a given course – voice pitch and modulation varies noticeably day2day.
  39. RT @lmardennh: BP for voiceovers: script as much as possible, and PRACTICE. this reduces edits, so narration is even and consistent
  40. RT @macrofireball: Voice Over BP. Relax body, in particular face and tongue. Learn to breathe from your diaphragm. Practice your script!
  41. [Voice Over BP] RT @tompsk: Also avoid drinking coffee before doing a voiceover, drink water to keep a clear voice.
  42. [Voice Over BP] RT @juliov27612: Don’t drink ice water; it strips your vocal chords of lubrication. Water should be room temperature
  43. [Voice Over BP] RT @macrofireball: Avoid dairy products before recording. Avoid lip smacks by eating a green apple. Clear throat gently.
  44. [Voiceover Best Practice] RT @lirons: Record in a standing position.
  45. [Voiceover Best Practice] RT @macrofireball: Use visual images to express different emotions and attitudes through your voice.
  46. [Voiceover BP] RT @ScottSkibell: for me is standing up and not being afraid to move your hands. Creates more energy in your delivery.

More to come…

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