Adobe has just released the Cp-HTML5 converter. This simple application helps you get an HTML5 output of your Captivate SWFs in a jiffy so that you can facilitate the use of your Captivate courses on mobile devices that do not support Flash content.
Here’s some information to help you get started.
On which platform and with which version of Captivate can I use this converter?
Adobe Captivate 5.5 on Windows. No support for Mac yet.
Does that mean I can’t convert the SWFs created with previous versions of Captivate?
You can convert SWFs created with previous versions of Captivate (3, 4, and 5). First upgrade the projects by opening them in Captivate 5.5 and saving them. You can then publish these projects from Cp 5.5 as SWFs and then use the SWFs for conversion.
What are the prerequisites to download and use this converter?
- Adobe Captivate 5.5. To install a trial version, click here.
- AIR 2.5 and later. To download, the latest version of AIR, click here.
- To stream the HTML5 videos, H264 video streaming module must be installed on the Apache server.
- IIS server – just place the content in web root and access it through device.
From where do I download the Cp-HTML5 converter?
You can download the converter from Adobe Labs.
How do I install and configure the converter?
Double-click the exe file that you downloaded from Adobe labs. After the converter installs, perform the following steps before loading your SWF file:
- Copy the DumpVideo.exe in the Assets folder (/Cp-HTML5 Converter) and paste it to the Adobe Captivate 5.5 installation folder.
- Open the Externals.txt file in the Assets folder in notepad or Wordpad. Ensure that the ‘new’ location of the DumpVideo.exe file in the Adobe Captivate 5.5 installation folder is mentioned correctly.
- Now, you are ready to load your Captivate SWF file.
Limitations and known issues are available in the Release Notes. You can also visit/subscribe to the discussion forum for the HTML5 converter by clicking here.
For a video demonstration on how to use the converter, see this excellent blog post by Pooja.
New to Adobe Captivate? Want to get a feel for what you can do with Adobe Captivate? Read up the articles and go through the videos in the ‘Getting Started with Adobe Captivate’ series at http://www.adobe.com/support/captivate/gettingstarted.html
This series consists of:
• Approximately 100 short articles that would help you get started with Adobe Captivate features
• 30+ videos that explain the procedures to perform the associated tasks
A brief introduction to the series:
The Adobe Captivate Getting Started series is workflow-based — the users are guided step-by-step to create and publish their projects using Cp. The workflows are categorized into Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, keeping in mind the different skill levels of users. For example, a Basic user is presented with a simple workflow with four quick steps to create a sample demonstration in Adobe Captivate. An Advanced user is guided from the designing and setting-up-a-process level to the final refined output of the Adobe Captivate project.
So, get started right away!
Adobe Captivate 5 supports voices from NeoSpeech™ and Loquendo™ for text-to-speech conversion. NeoSpeech provides US English voices and Loquendo provides British English, French, and German voices.
You can download these text-to-speech converters from the Adobe website or install them from the Adobe Captivate 5 installation DVD.
Downloading the text-to-speech converters from the web and installing them
- Click one of the following links:
After the .DMG file is successfully downloaded, the Add-ons folder is displayed to you.
- Double-click the Add-ons folder.
Depending on the text-to-speech converter you have downloaded, one of the following folders appears:
- NeoSpeech Text To Speech Voices
- Loquendo Text To Speech Voices
- Double-click the NeoSpeech Text to Speech Voices folder or the Loquendo Text to Speech Voices folder.
- Double-click CpExtrasCLI to start installing the voices.
Contents of the NeoSpeech Text To Speech Voices Folder
Contents of the Loquendo Text To Speech Voices Folder
- Re-launch Adobe Captivate.
Installing the text-to-speech converters from the installation DVD
- Insert the Adobe Captivate 5 installation DVD in the DVD-ROM drive.
The Welcome screen appears.
Welcome Screen on the Installation DVD
- Click Add-ons.
- Based on the text-to-speech converter you want to install, double-click one of the following folders:
- NeoSpeech Text To Speech Voices
- Loquendo Text To Speech Voices
- Double-click the installer: CpExtrasCLI.
The installation begins and a message is displayed to you when the installation is successfully completed.
- Relaunch Adobe Captivate.
- After relaunching Adobe Captivate, click Audio and then click Speech Management. The Speech Management dialog box appears.
- Click the Speech Agent drop-down menu.
- If you have installed NeoSpeech, you must see the following voices in this list:
- If you have installed Loquendo, you must see the following voices in the list:
- Juliette (French)
- Simon (British English)
- Stefan (German)
If you do not find the voices listed in the Speech Agent drop-down menu, check if the following folders exist on your system:
- VT folder in
/Applications/Adobe Captivate 5 (for NeoSpeech)
- LoquendoTTS folder (for Loquendo). To see this folder, Control-click the Adobe Captivate app in the Adobe Captivate 5 folder, click Show Package Contents, and then expand the Contents node.
Locating the Loquendo TTS folder
If these folders exist, but the voices are not showing up in the Speech Management dialog box, double-click the installer (CpExtrasCLI) again.
If these folders are not created on your system, repeat the entire installation procedure (right from downloading the text-to-speech converters from the web or inserting the installation DVD through double-clicking the installer: CpExtrasCLI).
The much awaited Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2.0 have been released. Here is a brief description of the new features in these releases.
New features of Adobe Captivate 5
Adobe® Captivate® 5 offers new features for rapidly authoring, enriching, publishing, and maintaining complex interactive e-learning content—without programming.
New features of Adobe eLearning Suite 2.0
- Round-tripping between Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe Flash Professional CS5 (Video | Documentation): Instantly update Adobe Photoshop files imported in Adobe Captivate projects. Adobe Photoshop can be invoked from within Adobe Captivate. If source files are directly updated in Adobe Photoshop, synchronize the linked file in Adobe Captivate with its source using a single click.
- Capturing applications from within Adobe Flash Professional CS5 (Documentation): Record applications from within Flash without having to switch to the Adobe Captivate interface.
- Round-tripping between Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended (Video | Documentation): Instantly update Adobe Photoshop files imported in Adobe Captivate projects. Adobe Photoshop can be invoked from within Adobe Captivate. If source files are directly updated in Adobe Photoshop, synchronize the linked file in Adobe Captivate with its source using a single click.
- Round-tripping between Adobe Captivate 5 and Adobe Soundbooth CS5 (Video | Documentation): Edit audio files in Adobe Captivate projects by invoking Adobe Soundbooth from within Adobe Captivate.
- Ready-to-use elearning templates in Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 (Documentation): Use the templates in Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 to rapidly create training and elearning courses.