November 20, 2013
Whenever software is updated I know I’m always eager to learn what is new and what is improved. I imagine that is the case for many people, so in that spirit I’ve compiled a list of the new and improved items included in the Adobe Captivate 7.0.1 update and I’ve added some context to help make sense of it all.
Mobile is one of the fastest growing areas in eLearning. If you missed my eSeminar on mobile learning last week, here’s a link to the Slideshare. The gist of my presentation: about half of all Continue reading…
November 15, 2013
Adobe’s award winning Presenter Video Creator has been enhanced with new tools designed to put interaction right into educational videos. Trainers and Educators alike are rapidly adopting Adobe Presenter thanks to it’s amazingly simple, show-and-tell video tool. Innovations in the video tool have been delighting users for more than a year now. Given the immediate popularity of the new learner intervention, tracking and collaboration tools were added to interactive projects, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Adobe has released an update that now provides users a tool that will let them embed learner tracking and collaboration right inside the videos.
I think the simplest way to explain this new workflow is to do so in pictures.
I’ve explained extensively here how to use Continue reading…
November 6, 2013
UPDATE: The update for Adobe Captivate 7 is now available.
As we shared in late October, Adobe Captivate 7 is not yet compatible with the OS X Mavericks update to the Mac operating system. We are actively testing an update for Captivate 7 that will fix compatibility issues with the new Mavericks Operating System. The update for Captivate 7 is expected to be available using the Adobe Update Manager during the third week of November.
If you have not updated to OS X (v. 10.9) for Mac and need to continue to use Captivate (any version) we recommend that you delay the update to the operating system during the next few weeks. If you have Continue reading…
November 4, 2013
Last month at DevLearn 2013 conference, I participated in the 9th Annual eLearning DemoFest event and showcased an Interactive eBook for iPad on how to use Adobe Presenter to create eLearning courses. There were 81 participants at DemoFest showing off their latest and greatest development efforts, offering the DevLearn conference attendees an opportunity to see a wide variety of solutions to common eLearning challenges, and information about the tools, technologies and processes they used to build them. And the good news is that we won Best of Show-Vendor and Best Open Entry awards for the interactive eBook on Adobe Presenter. Continue reading…
November 1, 2013
Let’s share a few scary cool tips and tricks for creating great eLearning with Adobe Captivate this Halloween. I held an eSeminar yesterday with a complete overview – Here is the downloadable source: littlMonstors.cptx, as well as a brief overview of some of the highlights.
Trick #1 – Create a popup window with just a few clicks
In this example I created a simple example of a glossary popup window. It’s incredibly simple to do in Captivate. Just Shift-Select all of the items in your popup window – and press CTRL+G to group Continue reading…
October 30, 2013
Topic: Things you thought you could never do with Advanced Actions and Variables
Description: Shhhhh! It’s a secret, which will be revealed during this exciting session on Advanced Actions and Variables, where Dr. Pooja Jaisingh will demonstrate how to make the most of this feature in Adobe Captivate 7 and a lot of things that you never knew you could do with Advanced Actions. Register now to secure your seat!
Topic: Tracking Learner Interaction in Video-based Courses with Adobe Presenter 9
Description: Now-a-days, video is considered the best form of content delivery. There is a video available for almost everything. Even the trainers and educators are adopting this form of content delivery but there are some questions that plague their minds: Are my students watching the videos? Are they watching the videos more than once? How much are my students learning from these videos? Are these videos effective? Do the students have any doubts about the concepts they are being taught in the video? Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh in this interactive session to get answers to all these questions and more.
Topic: Making the most of Themes in Adobe Captivate 7
Date and time: Thursday, 7th November, 2013 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM US/Pacific
Description: Themes in Adobe Captivate 7 help your project look better with coordinated colors, well-planned layouts for slides, fonts and effects. Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, as she shows you how to make the most of the preloaded Captivate themes, customize them to suit your requirements, save them as a new theme, and reuse them for other projects.
October 16, 2013
I’m busy prepping for my concurrent session at Adobe Learning Summit on Monday, 21st October. During this session, I’ll be sharing some cool tips on how to use the drag and drop interaction in Adobe Captivate 7. And guess what… It’s becoming really difficult to wait until Monday to share all these amazing tips, so here’s one of them, just for you!
When you add a Drag and Drop interaction, you get the ability to add a generic audio feedback for correct and incorrect answers. This audio feedback gives an indication to the learner if the response was correct or incorrect, but they don’t get to know why the option was correct or incorrect. In these interactions, it will be beneficial for the learners to receive Continue reading…
You may never see video creation the same way. Just one click to record both your desktop and your webcam and minutes later you could be publishing professional quality videos on YouTube, to mobile devices or just about anywhere you’d like. Better yet, it’s free, it’s an App for Mac, and it’s available worldwide.
Creating great videos has not traditionally been an easy task. People usually find that there are plenty of obstacles. From cameras to lighting, editing and publishing – making your own videos can be a lengthy and difficult process. Adobe changed that earlier this year with the introduction of Adobe Presenter Video Express. This amazing new tool enables anyone to quickly create professional quality show and tell videos. It’s ease-of-use is stunning, and we’ve heard customers telling us that they love using it to make videos for everything from rapid eLearning to game walk-throughs.
If you are using a Mac, you can download Adobe Presenter Video Express at the Mac App Store. Here’s that link. The tool is free to download and you can publish videos of any length for free (with a watermark.) If you’d like to publish videos without the watermark, you can either pay a small $1.99 fee, or you can acquire free publishing coupons by sharing news about the app with your friends.
It’s incredibly simple to use Adobe Presenter Video Express. You just click a single button to begin recording both the computer screen and your web cam. Once you’ve finished recording you can easily switch the final view between your webcam and your desktop – rapidly creating a professional video that shares your message with the world. Publishing from Adobe Presenter Video Express is simple, with options to publish the video to your local computer (as an mp4 video) or online to YouTube or Dropbox.
It’s also now possible to earn watermark free publishes by sharing Adobe Presenter Video Express with your friends and colleagues. To use this feature, just choose Refer a friend from the application menu. You’ll get a link to an online dialog that let’s you refer Adobe Presenter Video Express to friends. For each of your friends who downloads and installs PVX, you’ll earn 5 Free – Watermark Free video publishes. (Your friends will get 2.)
Adobe Presenter Video Express is now available to Mac users worldwide via App Stores around the world. If you are using a PC, you can download a free trial of Adobe Presenter 9 here – and experiment with the PC version of the application.
September 27, 2013
Adobe Captivate 7 is shipped with some great looking themes to help you get started with your eLearning course creation easily. These themes help you save a lot of time that you would otherwise have to spend in creating graphical assets for your eLearning courses. These themes are bundled with multiple eLearning screen layouts to choose from, so that you can easily select the one that suits the content type for your eLearning course screens.
Along with the ability to use existing themes, you can also create your own themes and add them to the themes panel and start creating your courses from there. This is especially useful when you have to use a branded template for your eLearning course creation and need a consistent look and feel for your courses.
Let’s take a look at Continue reading…
September 20, 2013
Guest Blog by: Joanne Nichols, Adobe Certified Trainer and an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Captivate
When creating eLearning it is important to ensure you keep the user engaged. By nature we are inquisitive, so why not create eLearning to capture the learner’s interest using this to our advantage. Rollovers are a great way to do this. (Obviously this means that these rollover effects that I am teaching you today cannot be used for mobile learning. However you can replicate the effects using click boxes and advanced actions, but be mindful that on mobile devices there is no rollover state so you would just skip the “on rollover” portion of the effects).
One way I have done this is to create a category game, so rather than having a boring slide with button menu items like this:
Why not engage the learner with a hidden category game. The category is hidden and the user has to rollover the category badge to reveal the category. By using effects we can Continue reading…