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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.

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Adobe Captivate 5 Quiz Analyzer

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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Take this Adobe Captivate 5 Quiz and Publish the results to Acrobat.com

Since we announced Adobe Captivate 5, I have been blogging and posting video on various new features in the new version, and one of the videos, which has garnered the most interest and views to date is, Publishing, Tracking and Reporting Quiz Results in Adobe Captivate 5, no LMS required [VIDEO].

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

Today 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.

Here’s what you need to take the Quiz and publish the results to Acrobat.com:

  1. You need to have an Acrobat.com ID and password, which is completely free. This will serve to identify each learner. This is the same ID (email) and password you use to download an Adobe trial, or to participate in an eSeminar, or to sign in to Acrobat.com and Photoshop.com, etc.
  2. Complete all 6 Questions.
  3. Click the “Post Results” button at the end of the Quiz.
  4. When prompted, enter your Adobe ID and Password. This is completely safe and even I will not see or have access to this information. If you don’t have an Adobe ID and password, click the “Create Adobe ID” link to create an account.
  5. Click Sign In after entering your Adobe ID and Password. During this step, Acrobat.com will authenticate you.
  6. The final step is to click the “Send” button.

As illustrated in the video I posted on this topic, I will then use my own Acrobat.com ID and password, along with the included Adobe Captivate 5 Quiz Results Analyzer to generate a report.

Enjoy!

Click HERE to launch the Quiz in a new window.

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Using the Windows Snipping Tool with Adobe Captivate [SIMULATION]

There’s a lively discussion happening now internally by members of the Adobe Captivate 5 prerelease program on the topic of whether Adobe Captivate should include a screen capturing tool.

The idea is that often times you need to supplement your Adobe Captivate projects with a simple screen shot of a dialog box, or a rectangular snapshot of an area of the screen, so I’m somewhat in agreement with this argument, especially if you don’t already have a dedicated screen capturing tool.

Having said that, there’s a little known utility included with Windows 7 called the Snipping Tool and after I tweeted about it some time ago, one of my followers pointed out that it was also included with Windows Vista, so my take is why not use it.

If you haven’t discovered this utility, you are not alone, most people haven’t either. Here’s a simple Adobe Captivate simulation, which show where to find this utility and how to use it with Adobe Captivate. The simulation shows Windows 7 and Adobe Captivate 5 but the overall steps also apply to Windows Vista and Adobe Captivate 4.

Click the play button to begin the simulation:

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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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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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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

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days.

 

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Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter: the best of both worlds [VIDEO]

I read many
discussions on Adobe Captivate vs. Adobe Presenter, or Captivate vs. a similar
Presenter tool and I’m always puzzled by this question because frankly it’s
like comparing apples and oranges.

 

Admittedly, there
are some overlaps between the two applications, like the fact that both
applications leverage PowerPoint slides for generating Flash-based eLearning, and both include a similar Quizzing
module, but other than that, they were developed to serve two different
purposes and each has its own strenghts.

 

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Perhaps a better question is how do I effectively use both products together?

 

Adobe Presenter was
designed to enable PowerPoint users to easily generate Flash-based eLearning courses, by adding voice-over to slides, and
syncing the audio to the slide animations. It also has features for importing
or capturing video using a webcam, as well as using the built-in Quizzes to include graded quizzes or surveys in your final project.

 

There are two things that stand out in Adobe Presenter in the way of strengths, when comparing it to Adobe Captivate, namely the sleek, user-friendly navigation user interface (UI) in the final project; and the way it natively works with PowerPoint files, this is because Adobe Presenter works right from within PowerPoint.

 

Click HERE to see a short Adobe Presenter presentation, where you can experience the sleek navigation UI I mentioned above. Along the way, when you get to slide 3, you’ll notice it is an embedded Adobe Captivate simulation, which plays perfectly inside the same interface.

 

Just to recap, if your requirement is to produce eLearning based mostly on lots of PowerPoint slides, hands down Adobe Presenter is the product you need.

 

However if you need to create software simulations where you need to record the screen, or need to develop branched scenarios for soft-skills training, which requires complex branching, then Adobe Captivate is exactly what you need to use.

 

So what if you need to develop eLearning that involves PowerPoint slides and you also need to supplement the project with software simulations or complex branched scenarios created in Adobe Captivate?

 

This is where the two applications can work closely together.

 

In this video (00:28:34) I share best practices for inserting Adobe Captivate  projects in Adobe Presenter. Click the image below to launch the video in a new window.

 

 

 

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