August 22, 2008

Captivating! The Adobe Captivate Podcasts

Rick Zanotti's podcasts on Adobe Captivate

Rick Zanotti is doing a great job posting video podcasts on Adobe Captivate. Several episodes are already posted and cover topics from microphone tips to recording a movie. Rick also came down to San Diego to interview RJ, our Sr. Evangelist, and me. If you are a Mac user, you probably want to check out those interviews :)



August 20, 2008

Adobe Captivate Masters Class October 6-10, 2008

Just heard there is going to be another Adobe Captivate Masters Class by Lodestone. This time it's going to be in Charlotte, NC the week of October 6-10. Learn more about the masters class.

I attended the first Masters class in New York and wrote a little review. A class like this is also a great way to prep for the Adobe Certified Expert exam.



July 1, 2008

Live Online Training for Technical Communication Suite

Technical Communication SuiteOn July 9 (already sold out) and August 6, Iconlogic is offering a one-day online course on Integrating Adobe's Technical Communication Suite, which will cover Adobe Captivate, Framemaker, RoboHelp, and the many neat integration points of the Technical Communication Suite - "you'll put the pieces of the puzzle together and learn to integrate the Technical Communication Suite the way it was intended." Find out more or register at Iconlogic.

There are also virtual classes for Adobe Captivate 3 July 10-11 and August 7-8.

PS: Kevin Siegel, the instructor, has some books published around our tools



June 16, 2008

Adobe Captivate Masters Class Review

Lodestone Adobe Certified Training Partner Logo

Last week I attended several sessions of the Adobe Masters Class by our certified training partner Lodestone Digital .

Lodestone master class posterI was very impressed with the agenda, the organization, the instruction and the class in general. Attendees came from all types of organizations including pharmaceutical, software training, entertainment, and a sporting goods store chain. The class size was kept small so every attendee could get their questions answered and receive individual attention when necessary.

Student files were developed for every lesson and Lodestone Digital even developed a fictional grocery store chain for all the sample content including templates, logo, images, and videos. The comprehensive training manual provides detailed step-by-step procedures with screenshots and many explanations, shortcuts, and tips.

Unlike most software instruction, this hands-on class is not simply feature-by-feature instruction but provides the foundation for creating effective eLearning with Adobe Captivate. It covers best practices for styles and templates, general workflows and even the ADDIE process for Adobe Captivate development. Greenscreen setup for video shootingIt also goes above and beyond when it comes to workflows - I enjoyed how Josh had a green screen setup arranged to learn about shooting video with transparent backgrounds to then use inside Adobe Captivate. Attendees then could work with video and create their own using Visual Communicator. Take a closer look at the sessions.

In addition to the class, Lodestone offered a full and memorable experience with organized evening events throughout the week. Other than the receptions and the musical, the highlight of the week was the Captivate after Dark event, where Captain CaptivateCaptain Captivate appeared in person to provide a sneak peek of some of the new features in Adobe Captivate 4 (NDA was required). The oohhhs and aaaahs showed we are moving into the right direction with the next version.

The secret of the Captain can't be revealed but Captain Captivate is starting a blog with tips & tricks. It was recommended I show up as "FlashGirl" next time ... hmmmm ... I'll think about it.

I highly recommend this class for anyone new to Adobe Captivate or with basic experience. This class will help you master Adobe Captivate and I am sure you'll be well prepared for the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) exam. Other attendees also said "This class is great" "I learned so much" "Fantastic".

"I really enjoyed the Captivate Masters Week that Josh taught. Josh is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Captivate and Adobe in general - which was great!" - Scott

Please check the Lodestone website for new class times and locations. I believe the next one will be in Charlotte, NC.


Thank you Josh, Mark, and Aimee! You have been wonderful and have done a great job setting up a well organized class.