Adobe Announces eLearning Suite 2.5 and Captivate 5.5

Have you heard the news? Adobe announced the release of eLearning Suite 2.5 and Captivate 5.5 and there are some great new features that I can’t wait to tell you about!

Let’s start with Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5. This Suite includes essential eLearning development tools including the updated CS5.5 versions of Flash and Dreamweaver, Photoshop CS5 Extended, Acrobat X Pro, Audition CS5.5 (which replaces Soundbooth for audio editing) and the newly released Captivate 5.5. You’ll be able to develop your content faster and more efficiently thanks to roundtripping workflows between Captivate 5.5 and the various applications in the suite. One of the coolest workflows is the ability to export your Captivate audio into Audition, edit/enhance the audio, and import back into Captivate 5.5 while maintaining your slide associations. LOVE IT! Another great feature of the eLearning Suite is the integration between Flash, Photoshop and Captivate 5.5. ¬†Flash animations and Photoshop files can be added to Captivate 5.5 as Smart Objects that are linked to their source files. When changes are made to the source file, Smart Objects can be synchronized and updated in Captivate 5.5 with one click.

Now let’s talk about Captivate 5.5. eLearning developers now have the option to apply a color gradient fill to objects and backgrounds in Captivate. And when you look at the Properties Panel you’ll notice it includes a new Shadow group which allows developers to apply shadow effects to both text and objects. Objects and images now have a rotation handle to adjust object rotation.

Tired of plain old question slides? Then you will love the out-of-the-box quiz templates. These templates make good use of the new design effects and offer some significantly more exciting options than previous versions of Captivate.

There are new publishing options as well. Captivate 5.5 includes the option to publish in the MP4 format which can be used for video streaming as well as creating content for smart phones and iOS. You can convert with one click and select from a number of ready-made presets, including presets for iPad and iPhone, or you can customize presets to suit your needs. Want to quickly upload content to YouTube? Captivate 5.5 provides the ability to publish your demos and simulations to YouTube with the click of a button. And you don’t need to worry about long publish times preventing you from working in Captivate during the conversion process. Items publish and upload with the new Video Publisher, a stand alone application that takes care of publishing your content to YouTube so you can go back in to Captivate and work without delay.

I know what you’re thinking now…..”How much is this going to cost me?” Well, you can go the traditional route by purchasing the software or you can make use of the new subscription pricing. Subscription pricing allows you to purchase a year-long subscription which gives you full access to the products or you can pay on a month to month basis. Both eLearning Suite 2.5 and Captivate 5.5 have a subscription option. Keep an eye out on our blog for upcoming events focusing on these new features!

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