Archive for July, 2010

I have moved my Blog to http://rjacquez.com

You may have noticed that your favorite Adobe Blogs are now sporting a new look and this is because we have finally migrated over to the popular blogging platform, WordPress.

With a strong ecosystem around WordPress, this is exciting news because there are so many more themes, widgets, plug-ins and overall community support available.

The more I learn about WordPress, the more I like it, and the more I want to tweak the various settings for a personalized experience. Since Adobe migrated my Blog, I have done quite a bit of research on WordPress, asked questions on Twitter, and watched quite a few video tutorials on YouTube.

One thing has become quite clear in all of this, namely, if I want total control of my Blog (i.e. super-admin rights), I really needed to host my WordPress Blog on my own domain and thus I have decided to launch: http://rjacquez.com.

The move has been exciting and no doubt a learning experience, but one I highly recommend if you are serious about Blogging, and frankly you should be. And although I didn’t take copious notes of the entire process, I have posted an at-a-glance list of what it took me to launch this WordPress Blog on my own domain.

I hope you follow me along as I continue to share my experiences as an Adobe Product Evangelist.

http://rjacquez.com

Analyzing Adobe Captivate 5 Quiz Results posted on Acrobat.com [VIDEO]

A couple of weeks ago, I published a Quiz developed in the new Adobe Captivate 5 software, which included a setting for publishing the results to Acrobat.com.

In this video, I go over how to analyze the Quiz results using Adobe Captivate Quiz Analyzer, an Adobe AIR applications, that ships with Adobe Captivate 5.

Since Adobe AIR applications are cross-platform, meaning they runs exactly the same way on Windows, Mac and Linux, I decided to show this application on the Mac, too.

I hope you like this new functionality in Adobe Captivate 5, and if you enjoyed this video, please share it with your Twitter followers by clicking the pre-populated ReTweet button.

Click the image below to launch the video (07min) in a new window.
Adobe Captivate 5 Quiz Analyzer

Introducing Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2.5, now with Photoshop CS5 and Captivate 5 [VIDEO]

I’m extremely excited to share with all of you that today we are updating our Adobe Technical Communication Suite software to version 2.5.

In version 2.5, we are replacing Adobe Captivate 4 with the brand new Adobe Captivate 5, which includes a brand new user interface, as well as a long list of new features.

Also, we are replacing Photoshop CS4 with Photoshop CS5, which is an amazing new release with exciting new features, such as the new content-aware fill, which allows you to easily remove an image element and magically replace it with details that match the lighting, tone and noise of the surround area, so that it looks like the content never existed.

Here's What's Inside Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2.5:

FrameMaker mnemonic

Adobe FrameMaker® 9

Author and Publish Technical Documents in Print, PDF, XML and DITA

RoboHelp mnemonic

Adobe RoboHelp® 8

Easily create Professional Help Systems, KBs and Policies and Procedures

Captivate mnemonic

Adobe Captivate® 5

Bring your Documentation to life by visually explaining complex tasks via show-me movies and try-it simulations

Photoshop mnemonic

Adobe Photoshop® CS5

Use Content-aware fill to remove unwanted areas from an image and for including Rich-media in Technical Documents

Acrobat 9 mnemonic

Adobe Acrobat® 9 Pro Extended

All the features of Acrobat Professional, plus features for working with 3D images and Video-to-Flash conversion

Presenter mnemonic

Adobe Presenter 7

Rapidly create high-impact Adobe Flash presentations from PowerPoint for inclusion in Technical Documents

Also included: Adobe Bridge CS5, Adobe Device Central CS5, and Adobe 3D Reviewer

To learn about what’s new in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2.5, I have published the following short Adobe Presenter video. Click the image below to launch the video in a new window.

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The wait is over. Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2 are available now! [VIDEOS]

I’m happy to share with all of you that Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2 for Windows and Mac are now available and shipping.  Furthermore, the trials for both applications are also available for download.

For a while now, I have been sharing videos of my favorite new features in Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2 in an effort to get you ready for when the trials became available (i.e. today).

I wanted to list these videos here in case you haven’t had a chance to watch them:

This is an overview of the brand new user interface (UI) in Adobe Captivate 5, and the benefits it brings to our existing users. 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 will be able to comfortably go from any of these applications to the next without missing a beat.

In rewriting Captivate from the ground up, one of the resulting benefits is the significant speed improvements gained from using newer technologies. In this video, I conducted my own speed tests using a stopwatch and the results are fascinating.

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. I go over how to do this in this video.

In this video, I introduce Captivate users to the services of Acrobat.com and provide an overview of the integration we have built for leveraging the cloud services of Acrobat.com in Adobe Captivate 5.

In this video, I talk about how Acrobat.com is used to publish, track and report Adobe Captivate 5 Quiz results, without the need for a Learning Management System (LMS).

Many people have asked me what the experience will be like for Learners taking Captivate eLearning courses, which have this Acrobat.com functionality enabled.

I created a short Quiz and published it to my Blog, in order to enable you to test exactly what the experience will be like for your learners.


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