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New: Captivate 6 now Available

Create a wide range of eLearning content without programming

Create application simulations and product demos—Easily create show-me product demos in HD, interactive let-me-try application simulations, and test-me assessments. Publish projects to the web, desktops, YouTube®, and leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs. Deliver HTML5-based content to mobile devices, including iPad*.

Develop softskills and compliance training—Transform Microsoft® PowerPoint presentations into interactive eLearning content. Make courses come alive with actors, themes, and interactive elements. Include eye-catching quizzes, add branching scenarios, and publish to desktops, mobile devices, and LMSs.

Enable mLearning using HTML5—Create interactive eLearning content and publish it on mobile devices, including iPad*, using HTML5. Send scoring data to leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs and track learner progress.

Top new features of Adobe® Captivate® 6

  • Roundtrip with Microsof t® PowerPoint
  • High-definition (HD) screencast
  • HTML5 publishing
  • iPad* publishing
  • Pause and resume
  • Smart learning interactions

Top reasons to buy Adobe® Captivate® 6

  • Roundtrip with Microsoft® PowerPoint—Import your PowerPoint 2010 slides in eLearning projects. Bring in objects, animations and multimedia, easily update the content, and keep your PowerPoint and Adobe Captivate projects in sync with the dynamically linked import option.
  • High-definition (HD) screencast—Easily create high-quality product demos with the new capture-as-a-video workflow. Edit video, and add transitions, smart shapes, audio, and captions. Insert a talking head or another video in a picture-in-picture format. Publish it to YouTube with a single click**.
  • HTML5 publishing—Deliver eLearning on the go. Now publish eLearning content as HTML5, and take your courses to mobile devices. Send scoring data to leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs and track learner progress.
  • Integration with SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs—Rest assured that your scoring data will integrate smoothly with your Learning Management System (LMS). Publish your courses effortlessly to leading LMSs like Moodle, Blackboard, Plateau, Saba, and SumTotal.
  • Smart learning interactions—Insert aesthetically designed interactive elements to eLearning content with just a click. Simply select from a wide range of stunning out-of-the-box interactions like Process Cycle, Glossary, Accordion, Pyramid, Animated Rollover, and more, customize the content and appearance, and you’re done.
  • Actors—Tell your eLearning story more effectively using human characters. Select from a wide range of out-of-the-box actors making various gestures to give your eLearning a more personal touch. Set them against relevant backgrounds to make your scenarios look more realistic.
  • Multivideo support and synchronization—Import video in a wide variety of formats (AVI, MOV, FLV, MPEG) and synchronize it with the project, slide, or set of slides.
  • Audio recording and editing—Simultaneously record narration and capture screen motion, and synchronize audio with slides and timed objects. Edit audio to correct mistakes and pauses, add an external track, or attach sound effects or narration to individual objects.
  • Text-to-speech—Keep learners tuned in to your content thanks to automatic voice-over functionality that turns text into high-quality speech in a few clicks. Need to change the text? Just click once to update the audio.
  • Smart Shapes—Add a wide range of shapes, including circles, rectangles, triangles, callouts, arrows, lines, banners, and flowchart symbols, to your eLearning content. Customize them and convert them into buttons.

Captivate 6 with HTML5 Support

New HD Video Workflow, Other Key Enhancements Help Trainers Quickly Deliver Professional-Grade eLearning Content

June 15, 2012 12:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time 

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Captivate® 6, a significant upgrade to its industry-leading eLearning authoring software for rapidly creating a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML5-based mobile Learning content. Designed with today’s mobile learners in mind, Captivate 6 enables eLearning developers, corporate trainers, educators and other business users to help deliver dynamic, SCORM- and AICC-compliant course content that is accessible anytime, anywhere.

“Adobe Captivate 6 HD screencasting provides a seamless workflow for all my video capture and editing needs. I no longer need additional software, which means no more incompatibility breakdowns and procurement delays working with multiple software packages.”

“Today, learners expect engaging eLearning options on their iOS and Android devices – static presentations shrunk to fit mobile screens aren’t enough,” said Naresh Gupta, senior vice president, Print and Publishing, Adobe. “Captivate 6 gives subject matter experts and content creators the ability to deliver eLearning content to mobile devices that is as robust and interactive as the content delivered to desktops.”

Captivate 6 enhancements improve mobile access and boost learner’s engagement – top features include:

  • HTML5 Publishing with Pause and Resume Capabilities: Publish interactive HTML5 eLearning content that is accessible from both iOS and Android devices and leverage mobile presets to help ensure seamless mobile distribution. By publishing eLearning content as both SWF and HTML5, learners can begin a course on their desktop, pause and later resume on a different device.
  • HD Screencast: Quickly create HD-quality demos within the new “capture-as-a-video” workflow. Edit video and add transitions, smart shapes, audio and captions. Insert another video in a picture-in-picture format and publish it to YouTube – all within the same UI.
  • Attractive Out-of-the-Box Assets: Select from a wide range of preloaded actors and set them against customizable backdrops to give content a more personal touch. Include additional interactivity by inserting smart learning interactions, such as widgets, animated rollovers and more, with just a few clicks.
  • Enhanced PowerPoint Roundtripping: Import PowerPoint 2010 slides along with objects, animations and multimedia into eLearning projects with better fidelity conversation workflow. Easily update pre-existing PowerPoint content, which will be automatically synced via the dynamically linked import feature.
  • Enhanced Quizzing: Utilize pre-tests to assess the knowledge, skill level or training needs of individual learners. Based on results, direct learners to the appropriate section and use post-tests to gauge what resonates. Allow learners to revisit a relevant section after answering a quiz question incorrectly and, if necessary, discourage guesswork by penalizing for wrong answers.

With Captivate 6, trainers and educators can individualize eLearning modules by recording voiceovers and other sounds that automatically play back when a learner clicks on a specified object. Course designers can also ensure that eLearning content maintains a consistent look and feel using customizable, professionally designed themes. Improved LMS integration helps eLearning developers effortlessly publish content to leading learning management systems, including Moodle, Blackboard, Plateau, Saba and SumTotal.


Dustin Tauer, vice president, Training and Development, Easel Solutions

  • “Many of our customers want to access eLearning content on mobile devices but getting content there has been a challenge. Now, HTML5 publishing with Captivate 6 makes it easy to extend eLearning to mobile devices without forcing the author to learn new programming code.”

Eric Fields, senior eLearning consultant, Learning and Development, Coventry Health Care Workers’ Comp Services

  • “Adobe Captivate 6 HD screencasting provides a seamless workflow for all my video capture and editing needs. I no longer need additional software, which means no more incompatibility breakdowns and procurement delays working with multiple software packages.”

Damien Bruyndonckx, multimedia assistant, IHECS, Haute Ecole Galilee

  • “Advanced interactions and the new collection of characters in Adobe Captivate 6 streamline how I develop interactive, fun, and engaging content that humanizes eLearning, and energizes learners to improve their scores.”

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Learning Technologies: Adobe Tops the Exit Polls

Adobe appears in the top 5 of 4 different categories in the learning Technologies 2012 Exit Poll. I attended the show myself and there was certainly a buzz on the Adobe stand where the focus was on Captivate. Throughout the day the Adobe team showcased Captivate, demonstrating the ease with which learning resources can be created, the ability with the HTML5 plug-in to deploy on iOS devices and the integration with common tools such as PowerPoint.

Following the show, here’s what attendees said when asked about their day:

We asked: “When you planned your Learning Technologies 2012 visit, which company was on top of your must see list before visiting the show today?” LT12uk visitors said:






Comment: Captivate at No. 3

We asked: “In terms of visual impact, which company really stood out for you at the show today?” LT12uk visitors said:






Comment: Adobe at No. 3 again

We asked: “Without looking down at any of the literature you’ve come away with today, can you name one of the event’s official sponsors?” Top five responses from most frequent (left) to least frequent (right) were:






Comment: No. 1 sponsors

We asked: “Of all the literature you’ve come away with today, what do you think you’ll be reading on the Tube home?” The top five most popular answers from our respondents were:






Comment: No. 3 again this time for literature

And finally, when it comes to the Top 250 web sites for eLearning and Learning technology we find that Adobe is No. 1.

If you want to know more about Captivate and eLearning from Adobe, go to:

Adobe and HTML5

HTML5 is a hot topic at the moment, rapidly emerging as the standard for mobile development. In support of HTML5 Adobe has more and more product support including Captivate. Follow the links below to get the HTML5 convertor from Adobe Labs and all the latest information including the relevance for education.

This was the announcement blogpost-

This is a overview blog on how iPads and HTML5 is relevant for education

We are running this HTML5 content creation contest currently -


Adobe @ Learning Technologies 2012

Adobe is back at the Learning Technologies show in Olympia – Jan 25 & 26 – for our 8th year of sponsorship. The Adobe team will be on Stand 6 and in a prime position to showcase the latest Adobe technologies. We also have a free prize draw for customers that visit the Adobe stand so be sure to come and see us.

Here’s the presentation schedule:

Presenter Time Title
Akshay 11.00-11.20 Introducing Adobe Captivate 5.5
Steve 11.30-11.50 Building eLearning Projects from PowerPoint
Matt 12.00-12.20 Incorporating Audio & Video in eLearning
Steve 12.30-12.50 Creating Simple & Interactive Quizzes
Matt 13.00-13.20 Building Interactive and Engaging Software Simulations
Akshay 13.30-13.50 Delivering mLearning on iPad with HTML5
Steve 14.00-14.20 Building eLearning Projects from PowerPoint
Matt 14.30-15.00 Using Audio & Video in eLearning
Akshay 15.00-15.20 Introducing Adobe Captivate 5.5
Akshay 15.30-15.50 Delivering mLearning on iPad with HTML5

To register for a free exhibition ticket, go to:

Adobe Forms Central

One of our Education Leaders – Judy Durkin – has just posted the article below on Adobe Forms Central and how she uses this with here students in conjunction with:

  • InDesign – creation of multimedia documents and reading passages
  • Captivate – lesson creation
  • Adobe Forms Central – online availability of interactive documents and lesson materials

Here’s the description from Judy on how these technologies encourage students to write and improve their learning experience:

We all know the implications of illiteracy as students move into the workforce. Too many students cannot write a coherent paragraph or comprehend basic reading passages. Students who have demonstrated grade level literacy skills have recently produced formal essays that consist of texting-gibberish infused with a few multisyllabic words that they got from a quick word search. You know all ofthis because the battle over reading and writing is fought in every classroom, every day.

I pursue literacy with zeal in my graphic design, art, and yearbook classes. Students read and write two times per week about every aspect of art and design that is relevant to their field of study . Years ago, I created reading passages with InDesign and printed them off for students to finish in class. I added photographs, diagrams and illustrations to reading/writing worksheets to make content comprehensible for English learners, but I had to print them out in B&W. Occasionally I would print out worksheets in color and laminate them so that they could be used for following semesters.

I create lessons with Captivate but I wanted an easier solution to create successful reading/writing lessons. In March 2010 I started the move to computer-based literacy activities. I now create interactive .pdfs that make it possible for students to engage with lessons that reach all levels of literacy. But what about the dilemma of collecting, reading, grading and giving feedback on all of those scribbled sheets of paper? I attempted to use Acrobat Forms with my lessons, but had difficulty doing so because of cyber blocks from the IT department. Then, I found GoogleDocs and used Acrobat worksheets with a link to online Google Forms.

As a solid advocate of Adobe products, I kept my use of Google Docs/Forms quiet hoping for an Adobe solution and it is here: Adobe Forms Central. It integrates perfectly with the lessons that I create.

  • More engaging lessons. No more predictable B&W paper worksheets.
  • Less time reading essays. I don’t have to lug home piles of papers with illegible handwriting
  • Better teacher feedback. Students don’t have to try and read my scribbled, hasty “red-ink” corrections and comments

For each lesson, I develop an InDesign document that is loaded with audio, video, images, captions, and diagrams. The finished interactive .pdf file has links to Adobe Forms that (unlike Google Forms) have the same .pdf images to further aid understanding. I make the .pdfs available online for students to download. ELL students can translate the interactive .pdfs and more easily capture the gist of the lesson from the visuals ; I can sort the students’ answers and essays (for easier grade input); and using Acrobat, I can convert the answers to a .pdf file , mark them up, and “stamp” grades on each essay (How to use Acrobat Custom Stamps:

But the best news is: students’ are writing more than they were before. Their essays are longer and the writing has improved because the feedback they get is more consistent and thorough than the old “red pen” approach. At first I thought it was the novelty of the new approach, but as this school year progresses, I am finding that 21st century student learning and engagement happens best when students use the tools they’re excited about.

Adobe No. 1 at Learning Technologies 2011 Conference

At the BETT Show this year Adobe talked about the explosion in social media and the importance of creativity, collaboration and communication as core skills for students as they enter University or the world of work. The Learning Technologies Conference was also at Olympia, following closely behind the BETT Show, and it was no surprise that there were many similar themes.

For Adobe the show was all about eLearning Suite 2 which is available for education customers through traditional licensing programmes such as CLP and even as a Term Site Licence. Here’s the link to more information and each individual product contained within the Suite.

If you have any doubt about the relevance of eLearning Suite for education customers, take a look at some of the comments from the show and some of the statistics:

 Exit Poll Results 

  •  Adobe is Number 1 = “We asked: When you planned your Learning Technologies 2011 visit, which company was on top of your must see list before visiting the show today? Number 1 answer: Adobe.”  
  • Adobe is Number 3 = “We asked: Without looking down at any of the literature you’ve come away with today, can you name one of the event’s official sponsors? Number 3 answer: Adobe.”
  • Adobe is Number 1 = “We asked: Without looking, name one company’s case study, brochure or material that you remember putting in your show bag. Number 1 answer: Adobe.”

Media and Social Networking

  •  1 = Press release on Adobe’s presence at LT11uk: ‘Adobe Systems’ Seminars on Virtual Classrooms and Collaborative Learning’ by Training Press Releases 

  •  1,571 = Total number of Tweets on the #LT11uk hash tag
  • 73 = Tweets on #LT11uk hash tag within a 24 hour period – These 73 Tweets generated 63,966 impressions, reaching an audience of 46,914 followers
  • 50 = Number of blogs written analysing or summarising the show to date
  • 500 = Number of eLearning Suite 2 trial DVDs given away

Captivate 5 Branching

My thanks go to Scott Trudeau for this article on Captivate 5 and how the new branching features are a perfect fit for Education.

Captivate 5 Branching
Captivate 5 Branching – Scott Trudeau

I love Adobe Captivate.  Captivate 5  makes it easy to set up projects with branching-based scenarios.  This is great for all kinds of education technology applications, tutorials, etc.  Learn how with this brief tutorial.

Create Engaging Learning Resources with Adobe Captivate

 How Adobe Captivate 5 can help Teachers and ICT Coordinators create engaging resources for Students and Educators?

 Today’s students are immersed in an always connected, online world of digital content whether at school, home or socially with their friends.

 The challenge for educational institutions with limited resources is the creation of compelling content that engages the learner without huge costs in time and effort. How can that be done with the minimum of effort whilst supporting educational standards and the multiplicity of devices and form factors available today and tomorrow?

 The answer is Adobe Captivate 5.

 Schools and colleges are increasingly realising that bringing this kind of technology into the classroom can inspire students, making learning more fun, engaging and inspiring. With Adobe Captivate 5, it’s possible for educators, designers, teachers and professors to quickly create media-rich content without the need for any special technical skills or training. Why would the digital generation settle for anything less?

The link below will take you to a customer ready PDF describing how Captivate can be used by educators to create rich, engaging, standards-based content.

Captivate Article