Archive for May, 2010

Publishing, Tracking and Reporting Quiz Results in Adobe Captivate 5, no LMS required [VIDEO]

In the previous post, I started a conversation on how Adobe Captivate 5 is integrating and leveraging the free services of Acrobat.com for sharing projects with others, as well as for publishing, reporting and tracking Quiz results without the need for a Learning Management Systems (LMS).  

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In this post, I’d like to continue the thread by share with you the fundamentals of how Adobe Captivate 5 users will be able to deliver eLearning courses and track the Quiz results through Acrobat.com, using a free Adobe AIR application.

Furthermore, because Adobe AIR applications work on PCs, Macs and Linux boxes, to make it interesting, I used a PC with Captivate 5 to create the course and then switched to a Mac to show how to track the Quiz results.

In case you haven’t, I highly recommend that you watch the previous video on Acrobat.com 101 for Adobe Captivate users first before yo watch this new one.

I hope you enjoy this new feature and do share with me if you are planning on using this new functionality. Please send me a Tweet @rjacquez.

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Leveraging the Acrobat.com Cloud in Adobe Captivate 5 [VIDEO]

Let me start by saying how much I love the free services of Acrobat.com, especially the 5GB of storage space for sharing large files through a simple URL link; the ability to conduct a screen sharing session with up to 3 people; Buzzword, Adobe’s collaborative WordProcessor in the Cloud, and many more services.  

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What I think is even more exciting is how Adobe teams across the company are finding creative ways of integrating Acrobat.com into their applications.

The latest showcase is what’s new in Adobe Captivate 5 as it relates to the integration with Acrobat.com.

For example, you can now upload a share a Captivate project (.CPTX) with other users via Acrobat.com, but more importantly, you can also conduct Shared Project Reviews via Acrobat.com, and perhap even more impressive is the ability to publish and track Quiz results via Acrobat.com, which means no Learning Management System (LMS) is required.

In the next few posts with videos, I will cover each of these capabilities, but before I do, I wanted to start by introducing you to Acrobat.com and provide you an overview of where most of these options are in Adobe Captivate 5.

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2 Creative Ways of using Content-Aware fill in Photoshop CS5 [Adobe TV VIDEO]

This how-to video made the rounds last week on most Social Networks, and I was so impressed that I tweeted it several times.

In this video, Dr. Russell Browns shows two creative ways for using the new content-aware fill feature in Photoshop CS5, beyond the basic Edit > Fill command, namely:

 

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1) using content-aware fill to fill the blank, transparent pixels after rotating (straightening) an image, as illustrated in the first image below.

2) using paths to remove unwanted wires from a photograph, as illustrated in the second image below.

For more information on how you might use the new content-aware fill feature for eLearning and Technical Documents, I posted this video after the global launch of CS5.

 

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Roundtripping Photoshop CS5 in Adobe Captivate 5 [VIDEO]

Hands down my favorite ‘integration’ feature in the new Adobe eLearning Suite 2 is the tight integration between Adobe Captivate 5 and Photoshop CS5. This functionality enables one to roundtrip native Photoshop (.PSD) files in Captivate 5 without having to re-import each time one changes the Photoshop file.  

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To illustrate this functionality, I recorded a short video, which you can watch in a new window by clicking the image below.

Also, when Photoshop CS5 was announced, I posted this video on some ideas for how the new content-aware fill feature in Photoshop CS5 can be used in Technical Documents and eLearning projects:

Enjoy these videos and let me know how you use Photoshop and Captivate together.

 

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The Social Media Revolution Video: Take II

The first version of this video was so compelling to me that I immediately bought the paperback copy of Socialnomics by Erik Qualman, which I have read at least 5 times. I then bought a digital version of this book for Kindle, later for my Nook and my latest purchase was an iBooks version for the iPad.

My point is that if you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do, the statistics are simply compelling, the stories are well told, and the revolution is tough to ignore.

 

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I’m a huge advocate of Social Media because it has done wonders for me professionally, and also personally, and I often say in my presentations that we are at a point of no return and that we need to embrace this Social Media revolution now.

I have also used many of these statistics in presentations I do with regards to the impact Social Media is having on Technical Communication, and more specifically on how Technical Communicators have the opportunity of becoming “Information Curators.” In case you haven’t seen these resources, here are some useful links:

In closing, I leave you with these action items I include at the end of my presentations:

  • Open an account on Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Search for your brand and products on http://search.twitter.com
  • Start a Blog — Tweeting is good, but Tweeting and Blogging is even better.
  • Follow a conference using a Twitter hashtag (e.g. #STC10)
  • Make a plan to become the Information Curator for your products
  • Find the Influencers of your products and services and connect with them
  • Download Adobe Community Help for example of how Adobe is leveraging end-user generated Help
  • Have fun and enjoy the Social Media ride
  • Watch the Social Media Revolution on YouTube. Also Embedded here:

 

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05/3/10 Wrap-up: Top 5 Trending Videos this Week

This was an exciting week, with the official announcement of Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2, and also with the Adobe Technical Communication Suite team attending and presenting at the 57th annual STC Summit in Dallas, TX.

You may have noticed recently that I have been even more active on Twitter and Blogging almost daily and almost always posting a short video, too. The responses have been extremely positive and I thank all of you who have helped spread the word by clicking the ReTweet buttons and sharing with your Twitter followers.

 

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It’s my goal from here on out to provide a weekly wrap-up every Friday, which will include the most trending videos for that week in order to highlight videos that customers are watching the most for that week, and that you may have missed.

Having said that, he are the top 5 trending blog posts and their respective videos for this week:

  1. Say Hello to Adobe Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2 ―Now for Mac, too [VIDEO]

Not surprisingly, this video on the brand new user interface in Adobe Captivate 5, has been the number one video watched this week.

Here are a few tweets I’ve favorited about the new UI in Adobe Captivate 5:

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Really love working with the new #AdobeCaptivate 5 UI. It’s so easy to change settings and parameters for your objects.less than a minute ago via web

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@rjacquez Quote from my #Captivate User group “The Properties panel alone makes version 5 worth the upgrade price!”less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

  1. Speed Tests between Adobe Captivate 4 and Adobe Captivate 5 [VIDEO]

Again, not a whole lot of surprise why this is the second most watched video this week with the launch of Adobe Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2. I wanted to share how much faster Adobe Captivate 5 is over Captivate 4 and the responses have been really positive. Here are a few tweets I saw:

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RT @rjacquez [Blog] Speed Tests between #AdobeCaptivate 4 and Adobe Captivate 5 [VIDEO] http://bit.ly/cI73mB < That's Impressive RJless than a minute ago via web

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WOW! RT @rjacquez: [Blog] Speed Tests between #AdobeCaptivate 4 and Adobe Captivate 5 [VIDEO] http://bit.ly/cI73mBless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

  1. Twitter for Technical Communicators [VIDEO]

This video continues to be a top trending video since I published it and this week was particularly popular, perhaps because the STC conference was taking place and the use of Twitter was at an all time high.

  1. Single-sourcing FrameMaker files in Adobe RoboHelp 8 [VIDEO]

At number 4, this is a popular video that covers the steps for effectively linking FrameMaker files in RoboHelp via the Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 software.

  1. Recording: PDF-based Reviews via FrameMaker, Acrobat Pro and Acrobat.com [VIDEO]

This is one of my favorite features in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 and we were demonstrating this functionality at STC 10 and pointing people to it for more information. It also shows a practical way of using the “Cloud” for conducting collaborate reviews.

Happy Friday and I hope you have a marvelous weekend!

 

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Speed Tests between Adobe Captivate 4 and Adobe Captivate 5 [VIDEO]

By now, you probably know that we have announced Adobe Captivate 5, and in case you haven’t watched a video I posted on Monday on why I love the new User Interface (UI) and why I think you will, too, I highly recommend you do before watching this new one.  

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In rewriting Captivate from the ground up, one of the resulting benefits is the significant speed improvements gained from using newer technologies. Our product management team commissioned Human Factors International, Inc., to conduct a comparative test to quantify productivity gains in standard tasks with two versions of Adobe Captivate, version 4 and version 5. Here are some of the highlights of their findings:

These results are pretty compelling and if you are interested, you can read the entire report by HFI in PDF format by clicking HERE.

I decided to conduct my own speed tests using a stopwatch and the results are also fascinating. I conducted the following 4 common tasks, first in Adobe Captivate 4 and then in version 5:

  1. Creating a new Image Slideshow project
  2. Creating a new project from an 18-slide PowerPoint file
  3. Importing a Layered-heavy Photoshop file
  4. Inserting 5 Question slides in a project

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I hope you are excited about the new Adobe Captivate 5 new features and while the trial download won’t be available for a few more weeks, you can sign up here to be notified when it’s ready. You can also pre-order your copy of Adobe Captivate 5 by clicking here.

More Adobe Captivate 5 videos:

Will share more videos of my favorite new features in the next couple of days.

 

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Say Hello to Adobe Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2: Now for Mac, too [VIDEO]

For weeks now, I have been hinting in my Tweets that new versions of Adobe Captivate and Adobe eLearning Suite were coming soon and that the new versions would introduce amazing new features.

Today, it is my pleasure to introduce Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2 for Windows, and now also for Mac!

 

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There’s so much new functionality to Blog and Tweet about in these new versions of the products that it would be virtually impossible to effectively share everything in a single post, or a single video.

Instead, I will share short posts every other day and include a video, in an effort to highlight my favorite new features and get you ready to tackle these new versions, when the trial downloads become available in a few weeks.

The first video I want to share with you is an overview of the brand new user interface (UI) in Adobe Captivate 5, and the benefits it brings to our existing users. In fact, Captivate has been re-written from the ground up in order to reuse the same code across both platforms.

The new user interface in Adobe Captivate 5 looks and works the same way on Mac as it does on Windows. Also, with this new UI, Captivate now works like other Adobe products, for example Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and FrameMaker, which means that you should be able to comfortably go from any of these applications to the next without missing a beat.

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Adobe Captivate 5 User Interface Video

Additional Resources:

More Adobe Captivate 5 videos:

Will share more videos of my favorite new features in the next couple of
days.

 

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RoboHelp content now playing on EPUB devices, including iPad and Nook [SIMULATION]

EPUB, short for electronic publication, is a free and open eBook standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and a format that Adobe RoboHelp 8 now supports.

An EPUB eBook is a digital version of a traditional printed book that has been optimized for onscreen reading. Technically speaking, the EPUB format is an XML-based format designed to enable text to reflow according to the capabilities of various eBook readers. This means that you can resize the text, change the font, or view an eBook on different screen sizes and the text will reflow to fill the available viewing area.

 

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There are many EPUB-enabled devices available today with support for eBooks, including the Sony Reader, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Motorola’s Droid, Apple’s iPhone (through apps like Stanza) and now the new iPad, which support EPUB natively.

You can see a list of additional EPUB devices here on adobe.com.

Adobe RoboHelp’s Scripting Language enables the publishing of EPUB

One of the new features in RoboHelp 8 is the introduction of a Scripting Language, which is the same scripting language in Photoshop and other Adobe products. This Scripting Language enables us to respond to emerging trends, such as EPUB, without having to wait until a new major release of RoboHelp before we provide functionality.

Ankur Jain, our RoboHelp Product Manager, has published a post on the steps for generating EPUP in RoboHelp, and has also included the free script.

If you are attending the annual STC conference here in Dallas, TX, stop by our Adobe booth, or attend one of our sessions where we will be demonstrating our new EPUB support using various EPUB-enabled devices.

Below is an Adobe Captivate Simulation to illustrate what is like to generate EPUB from RoboHelp and what the experience is like reading it on the iPad.

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