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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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The Essentials of Single Sourcing with FrameMaker and RoboHelp [VIDEO]

Some time ago, I hosted a 2-hour eSeminar on the topic of dynamically linking FrameMaker files in RoboHelp via the Adobe Technical Communication Suite. The recording is also available for onDemand viewing and whenever I get questions related to this topic, I always send people to these recordings.

However, sometimes I find that some people just don’t have time to sit through a 2hr video and would much prefer a shorter video and thus this posting.

The video below is only 14 minutes long, and it walks you through the essentials of single sourcing with FrameMaker 9 and RoboHelp 8 using the Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2.

Having said that, I still highly recommend that if you have time, you go over these two additional recordings, which dive deeper into this process.

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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.

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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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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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Turning static Adobe Captivate slides into interactive Photoshop Layered files [VIDEO]

One of the reasons why we included Photoshop in the Adobe eLearning Suite and in the Adobe Technical Communication Suite, instead of Illustrator, is because of the tight integration it has with Adobe Captivate, namely the ability to natively import .PSD files and preserve all the layers.  

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With Photoshop for example, it’s really easy to edit a Captivate slide by removing unwanted areas, or moving pixels around and then bring the updated version back to Captivate. This is a fairly simple process.

However, what you may not know is that you can also use Photoshop to turn static Captivate slides into much more interactive “layered” slides.

In this video (00:22:46) I go over how to start with a static Adobe Captivate slide and then turn it into a much more engaging experience by converting various areas of the slide into Photoshop layers. I also show how to sync up audio to each imported layer using the Text-to-Speech feature. Hopefully this demo gives you ideas as to how you can use both applications together.

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Adding Printability to Help in Adobe RoboHelp 8

One frequently asked question I get is “how do I include a printable PDF in my Help system?

There are two new features in Adobe RoboHelp 8, which make this task particularly easy, namely: 1) Master Pages and 2) Apply Master Page to all Topics.

 

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Essentially, Master Pages in RoboHelp enable authors to design the overall look-and-feel of topics, for example what css to use, whether or not to include a miniTOC or breadcrumbs placeholders, and in this case, include a link to a PDF document.

To illustrate the steps, I have created a “try-it” Adobe Captivate simulation. Click the image below to launch the simulation in a new window. Oh, and happy Friday!

 

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Content Aware fill in Photoshop CS5 for eLearning and Technical Documents

In every new software release, there’s always that one feature that is Jaw-Dropping and everyone talks about. I think it’s safe to say that Content-Aware Fill is that feature in Adobe Photoshop CS5.  

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The new Content-Aware Fill enables you to easily remove unwanted areas from an image, by filling in the space left behind using surrounding pixels, it even matches lighting, tone and noise.

The real beauty in all of this is that you don’t have to know a whole lot about Photoshop or graphic design to be able to use it. Simply make a selection, press Shift+Delete and voila.

Having said that, I have recorded two short demonstrations on how I see this feature being used for eLearning and Technical Documentation projects.

I hope you like the new Content-Aware feature and if you think of ways in which you’ll use this feature in your own projects, please share with me sending me a Tweet @rjacquez.

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Creating a Poster image for a Captivate simulation embedded in Acrobat 9

In case you didn’t know, you can now embed Flash-based movies in Adobe Acrobat 9 and anyone with Reader 9 can view them directly inside the PDF.

Undoubtedly, when our customers find out about this new feature, the first thing that comes to mind is embedding Adobe Captivate simulations as a way of supplementing a static PDF document and bringing it to life.

 

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In a future post, I’ll focus on how to embed simulations in Adobe FrameMaker during the authoring process in order to avoid any post-processing work, but for now, my focus is on customizing the poster image for an embedded Flash movie directly in Acrobat 9.

Embedding Flash content in Acrobat 9 is quite easy, you use the Flash tool from the Tasks toolbar, double-click where you want to insert the SWF, Browse for it and click OK. That’s it.

However, the purpose of the video below is to illustrate how to use one of the slides in Captivate to create a poster image for the embedded simulation, in order to make it obvious to the end user that this is a video simulation and not a simple, static screen shot.

If you are embedding Adobe Captivate simulations in your PDF document, I’d love to check it out. If you are able to share, please send me a tweet @rjacquez.

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Using Photoshop Actions to create a Slideshow in Adobe Captivate

If you use Adobe Photoshop and haven’t tried using or creating actions, you are missing out. Actions are perhaps the single most powerful feature in Photoshop because they enable you to automate repetitive tasks by recording each step, and then playing back the entire process on a number of images and say look Ma, no hands.  

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In this video (00:26:08), I go over how to create an action in Photoshop and then use it to batch process a series of images for building a slideshow in Adobe Captivate. I then illustrate how to add captions to all the slides and customize the text in MS Word and finally how to add a soundtrack to the slideshow using Adobe Soundbooth. I hope you like it.

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