Archive for September, 2009

Sharing Large Files on Twitter via

If you are on Twitter, you know how easy it is to share photos with your followers, as well as URLs; and in fact many Twitter desktop clients, such as TweetDeck, make it as easy as drag-and-drop because they include built-in support for services like TwitPic and  

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However sharing large files with your Twitter followers isn’t yet integrated into these applications and it can be quite confusing to most people.

Tweeps ask me all the time how I share large files after I do a Webinar with my followers, so I decided to record the following short how-to video, where I go over how the free Share service can be used to store and share large files with your Twitter followers.

Click HERE to watch the how-to video on Sharing Large files on Twitter via



How-To Video: Adding a Text Panel in Adobe Captivate using Photoshop

When I ask customers what they like most about our Adobe Suites, almost always the answer I hear is the tight integration between the various applications in the Suites.

I like this answer too, as I strongly believe that from a functionality standpoint, “integration” is king in any well-integrated Suite of tools, and it’s one of the top reasons why our customers choose a Suite over the individual point products.


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This is why I enjoy recording and sharing how-to videos focused on using two or more of the applications in my two Adobe Suites, eLearning Suite and Technical Communication Suite.

In this short (9min) how-to video I go over how Adobe Captivate and Photoshop can be used together and I give an example of using one of Photoshop’s included actions to quickly add a Text Panel in a Captivate project. Please use your Adobe ID when prompted.

I hope you find it useful and if you want to be the first to learn about similar how-to videos as soon as they become available, please follow me on Twitter @rjacquez


Variables, Text Entry boxes and .RDLs in Adobe Captivate 4

Among the long list of new features in Adobe Captivate 4, Variables in particular is one of the most useful new features, because it provides an easy way to replace and manage
text which repeats itself throughout a project with a simple variable, for example the course name. This is one of the most obvious use cases for how implementing variables in Captivate projects can quickly increase your productivity by speeding up your development process.

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However, variables coupled with Text Entry boxes make for an even more powerful solution for developing and delivering personalized eLearning experiences.

For example in a Captivate project, on slide 1 you can insert a Text Entry box asking the Learner for his First Name. The Text Entry box can then be associated with a variable, which stores the Learner’s name. That same information can then be used to refer to the Learner by his first name in subsequent slides.

Furthermore, if you create Software Simulations in Adobe Captivate by recording the screen, you probably have noticed that Captivate automatically inserts auto-text captions throughout the recording based on your clicks.  What you may not know is that you can control the wording used by Captivate in the text captions by editing simple text files, located in the installation folder and which have an .rdl extension.

To illustrate how variables, Text Entry boxes and .rdl files can be used together to create personalized eLearning experiences, I recorded this short (12min) how-to video. I first posted this recording on Twitter awhile back and today it’s one of the most popular recordings I’ve done.

Click HERE to watch the “Variables, Text Entry boxes and RDLs” how-to. Please use your Adobe ID when prompted.

If hope you find this useful and if you have a second, please leave a comment and share how you may use these features in your own projects. You can also send me at Tweet @rjacquez.


An invitation to our Adobe RoboHelp customers

I am working with Ankur Jain, our recently appointed Product Manager for RoboHelp, to help him meet US based customers. If you would like discuss how your company uses RoboHelp, either standalone, or along with other tools in the Technical Communication Suite, and share with Ankur your wish list for future releases of the product, please email Ankur directly at
ankujain "at" adobe "dot" com to receive more information.

The dates are not yet fixed but are likely to be toward the end of October 09, beginning of November 09. I thank you in advance if you volunteer to meet with Ankur!


Test-Drive Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 in minutes, no trial download required


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With 6 major Adobe software applications in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2, plus 10  other smaller programs, evaluating the entire Suite has been a challenge for our customers because of the total file size of the software.  Today our customers have to either order a shipped trial DVD, or wait for several Gigabytes to download before getting their hands on the software.

In an effort to provide a better trial experience to our customers, we have been working with Runaware, who specializes in hosting full versions of software in a virtual environment, delivered via the browser.  This means that you can now get your hands on our entire Suite in literally minutes and without having to download the trial version of the software.

In addition to this seamless new way of evaluating our Technical Communication Suite 2, I have also been working with a team of instructional designers to make sure we included several step-by-step tutorials to help you explore the key functionality in the various products and their integration points.

To get the most out of this new platform, I encourage you to watch this short (00:12:01min) recording on how to navigate around the TestDrive platform and the tutorials. The links to the TestDrive environment is provided at the end of the recording.

The following three Adobe product pages include links to the TestDrive demo:

Finally, follow this link if you’d like test-drive the Adobe Technical Communications Suite online demo directly.

I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment or send me a Tweet @rjacquez