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March 26, 2007

Mobile Learning: Why Learning Professionals Need to Care

Ellen is giving a presentation tomorrow morning at 9am Pacific Time on a hot industry topic: mobile learning - there are still a few seats left and if you plan to implement mobile learning, I recommend you check out the presentation. Register here - the eseminar is free :)

Easily creating color schemes

Have you ever tried to create a harmonized color scheme for your new eLearning project? Well, it's extremely easy now with Kuler - it's a neat technology and available for free in Adobe labs.
For more info, you can check out the logged in article on kuler.

March 22, 2007

Adobe Captivate wins productivity Jolt award in utility category

Wow - I just saw a press release where the Jolt winners were announced and it looks like we won! This is fantastic :)

15. Utilities
Jolt Winner:
VMware Lab Manager (VMware)
Productivity Winners:
Adobe Captivate 2 (Adobe)
ElectricCommander (Electric Cloud)
Textmate (MacroMates)

The Jolt awards mean a lot in the software development field and Adobe Captivate can be used in many different ways by software developers. Here are just a few:
- demo new features (this is the obvious one)
- prototype new functionality and usability test without writing a single line of code (create mock images, drop them into Adobe Captivate, add interactivity, and show to users to see if they like or can use the feature or don't)
- use it for QA: if you have ever done QA or a beta test, you know that some testers report a bug like this "application crashed" - well, what really happened? Did it freeze? Was there an error message? What did the user actually do? Just have testers use Adobe Captivate and they can record the bugs and send them to the developers. No more ambiguity or long email conversations to figure out what happened.

Plus, you can use Adobe Captivate to enhance your Robohelp online help system.

March 21, 2007

New user group in Nebraska

Just got word of another new Adobe Captivate/eLearning user group that started in Nebraska. First meeting is going to be Thursday April 26, 2007. Don't miss it - we'll be sending some cool giveaways.

March 16, 2007

We are looking for Adobe Captivate examples

We are currently working on a white paper to be published later this year. The author is looking for interactive examples that can be used to showcase the instructional design principles as described in Ruth Clark's book e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning.

If you have created any interactive simulations (could be anything from software simulation to games or soft skills scenarios), please submit a link to me via the comments and I'll forward it.

If you want to see your work on the Adobe website, please submit to our customer showcase. The customer examples are updated all the time and you might even have a chance to be selected for the site of the day or a case study - which could come in handy for your next promotion :)

PS: If your content is proprietory, you might want to opt for a case study.

March 14, 2007

A new user group in North Texas!

Walter Stewart has just started a new user group - the "North Texas Captivate User Group". I'll be presenting at their first meeting and if you live in Texas, I encourage you to join the group - you can network with peers, learn something new, and also have the chance to win a full copy of Adobe Captivate 2.

To find out about other user groups in your area, take a look at our community site. Or just start your own user group :)