Posts in Category "Recordings"

Bring PDFs to Life with Adobe Presenter [VIDEO]

In a previous post, I blogged about how to embed an Adobe Captivate simulation in a PDF in order to supplement a static PDF and bring it to life using Rich Media.

Since then many people have asked if it’s possible to do the same using an Adobe Presenter project.

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The answer is yes, however the process is a bit more complicated because of the nature of an Adobe Presenter project. In other words, while Captivate publishes a single Flash file, Adobe Presenter publishes multiple files and thus the key to embedding a Presenter project is to consolidate all these files in Adobe Acrobat.

In case you are new to Adobe Presenter, here’s how we define it on adobe.com: “Adobe Presenter enables you to rapidly create high-impact Adobe Flash presentations and eLearning courses from PowerPoint.”

If you want to experience what is like to watch an Adobe Presenter presentation, I recently posted this how-to entitled Using the Acrobat.com plug-in for Outlook for Sharing Large files.

Enough said. In this short video (00:13:10), I go over the steps to properly embed an Adobe Presenter project in a PDF using Adobe Acrobat 9. Click the image below to launch the video in a new window.

 

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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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HOW TO: Apply Master Pages automatically in FrameMaker

A discussion on LinkedIn about FrameMaker Master Pages prompted me to publish this short post and include an Adobe Captivate how-to video.

Master pages provide consistent look-and-feel across multiple pages that
perform
specific roles, such as the first page of a chapter, or landscape pages that display wide tables or images.
But applying custom master pages to each document page—especially
in a book with hundreds of pages manually can be time-consuming
and tedious
to say the least.

 

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Starting with FrameMaker 7.0, you can
automate the process of applying master pages by mapping master pages to body pages containing
specific paragraph tags. For example, map a particular master page
to the first page of each chapter based on its chapter heading paragraph

tag, or map a landscape master page to a body page containing a wide table or an image.

Click the image below to view a short (06:31min) Adobe Captivate simulation on how to automate the process of applying customer master pages.

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Adobe Captivate 4 for New Users: Recording

If you are just getting started with Adobe Captivate 4, here’s a recording from an eSeminar I hosted awhile back for brand new users.  

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The recording is 01:45:37 long and it covers different ways of creating new projects, as well as recording software simulations, the basics of editing, previewing and publishing projects.

Click HERE to watch the recording of Adobe Captivate 4 for New Users.

Please user your Adobe ID and password to sign in.

 

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Using the right tool in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 for the job: Recording

In case you missed my latest eSeminar entitled “Using the right tool in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 for the job,” the recording is now available.  

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During the eSeminar, I was asked to share the slide deck, as well as the AIRHelp sample and the sample PDF Portfolio I used in the demonstration. Use the links below to access these resources:

Click HERE to watch the recording of Using the right tool in Adobe TCS2 for the job
(duration: 01:02:17)
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I typically set my desktop resolution to 1024 x 768 for best recording
results, however because I was showing apps, which require high
resolution, you will notice some distortion in the demonstration part
of the recording. Something you may want to try is to click the
“Scroll” button at the bottom left of the Connect Pro window, which
will help you zoom in closer and follow the action around the
presenter’s mouse.  To the right is what the button looks like in all
Connect Pro recordings.

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Recording: Benefits of Adobe FrameMaker for MS Word Users

Earlier this week (2/16/10) I hosted an exciting eSeminar entitled “Benefits of Adobe FrameMaker for MS Word users
and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the live event,
and for those who weren’t able to make attend, the recording is now
available.
 

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Click HERE to watch the recording of Benefits of Adobe FrameMaker for MS Word users
(duration: 01:00:32)
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TIP:
I typically set my desktop resolution to 1024 x 768 for best recording
results, however because I was showing apps, which require high
resolution, you will notice some distortion in the demonstration part
of the recording. Something you may want to try is to click the
“Scroll” button at the bottom left of the Connect Pro window, which
will help you zoom in closer and follow the action around the
presenter’s mouse.  To the right is what the button looks like in all
Connect Pro recordings.

I’m always interested in hearing from customers the main reasons for why they are migrating from MS Word to FrameMaker. Please share yours by leaving a comment, or by sending me a Tweet @rjacquez, or an email at rjacquez (at) adobe.com

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Incorporating Interactive 3D into Documentation

Today I started my day with a presentation where I was asked to demonstrate our 3D capabilities in Adobe Technical Communication Suite 2 and how 3D models could be incorporated in PDF-based Documentation and also in Help systems.  

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The positive feedback I received from the participants inspired me to post this short recording of the steps it takes to embed a SolidWorks 3D assembly in PDF via FrameMaker and in a Help systems via RoboHelp.

As always, thank you for taking the time to check out the recording and if you have any comments, leave me a message below and send me a Tweet @rjacquez.

Click HERE to watch the recording of Incorporating 3D in Technical Documentation
(duration: 00:13:50)
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TIP:
I typically set my desktop resolution to 1024 x 768 for best recording
results, however because I was showing apps, which require high
resolution, you will notice some distortion in the demonstration part
of the recording. Something you may want to try is to click the
“Scroll” button at the bottom left of the Connect Pro window, which
will help you zoom in closer and follow the action around the
presenter’s mouse.  To the right is what the button looks like in all
Connect Pro recordings.

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My Top 10 Favorite Adobe Captivate Keyboard Shortcuts

I
have been using Adobe Captivate since it was called RoboDemo and owned by eHelp Coporation and one thing I enjoy about it, is using keyboard shortcuts
instead of the mouse whenever possible. In this recording, I’d like to
share with you my top 10 favorite keyboard shortcuts of all time.
 

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Click HERE to watch the recording of my top 10 favorite Adobe Captivate keyboard shortcuts
(duration: 00:33:31)
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TIP:
I typically set my desktop resolution to 1024 x 768 for best recording
results, however because I was showing apps, which require high
resolution, you will notice some distortion in the demonstration part
of the recording. Something you may want to try is to click the
“Scroll” button at the bottom left of the Connect Pro window, which
will help you zoom in closer and follow the action around the
presenter’s mouse.  To the right is what the button looks like in all
Connect Pro recordings.

If you have your own favorite keyboard shortcuts, please share with my readers by leaving a comment.

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My Top 10 Favorite Adobe FrameMaker Keyboard Shortcuts

I have been using Adobe FrameMaker since it was introduced by Frame Technology and one thing I enjoy about it, is using keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse whenever possible. In this recording, I’d like to share with you my top 10 favorite keyboard shortcuts of all time.  

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Click HERE to watch the recording of my top 10 favorite Adobe FrameMaker keyboard shortcuts
(duration: 00:36:40)
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TIP:
I typically set my desktop resolution to 1024 x 768 for best recording
results, however because I was showing apps, which require high
resolution, you will notice some distortion in the demonstration part
of the recording. Something you may want to try is to click the
“Scroll” button at the bottom left of the Connect Pro window, which
will help you zoom in closer and follow the action around the
presenter’s mouse.  To the right is what the button looks like in all
Connect Pro recordings.

If you have your own favorite keyboard shortcuts, please share with my readers by leaving a comment.

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