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Adobe Captivate: Manage Hyperlinks

First off, if you missed the webinar on how to Create Software Simulations with Adobe Captivate, here’s a link to the recording:  Creating Software Simulations with Adobe Captivate Webinar.  We had a lot of positive feedback on this session so if you have time, check it out! One of the webinar participants reached out to me after the session with a question about linking to a URL  in Adobe Captivate. In her project, one of the slides includes a button … Continue reading

Using Templates in Adobe Captivate 5/5.5 (Part Two)

Original article published in  ASTD Nebraska’s monthly newsletter In part 1, we explored how to create a template in Adobe Captivate.   In part 2, we’ll take a look at Captivate Object Styles.  **Object Styles may be used in a standard Captivate project as well as Captivate templates.** Part 2: Object Styles With the release of Captivate 5, Captive developers were introduced to two great new tools:  Object Styles and Master Slides. These tools are HUGE time savers and help ensure consistency and … Continue reading

Using Templates in Adobe Captivate 5/5.5- Part 1

Original article published in  ASTD Nebraska’s monthly newsletter SCENARIO:   You have been asked to develop an eLearning course in Adobe Captivate to teach employees about the company’s new billing system.  The course will consist of a dozen training modules.   Where do you begin? BEGIN WITH A PROJECT TEMPLATE A project template acts as the foundation, or blueprint, for subsequent projects.  When creating a template, you should include reusable elements such as: Title/Objectives/Conclusion slides with placeholders for text Placeholder slides Placeholder … Continue reading

Mobile Development for the Masses- Part Deux

There’s no way around it.  The public at large is embracing mobile technology with a vengeance and as a result, businesses have to adapt and follow suit. The challenge that many businesses are facing with the mobile revolution is “Where do I start?”  A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post explaining the various mobile development options.  These options range from repurposing existing web content to creating a mobile app. So, which option is right for you?  What are … Continue reading

Adobe Reader for iOS

Adobe Reader is now available for iPhone and iPad. This free app is available for download in the iTunes app store.  Adobe Reader for iOS has been designed with the touch screen user in mind and includes many of the same features that desktop users have come to love including bookmarks, text search, and thumbnail navigation. iOS users can also print wirelessly with AirPrint and email PDFs as attachments. As of yet, annotation capabilities are not part of the current … Continue reading

Is your website optimized for mobile technology? An overview of Mobile Development for the Masses

Few things are more frustrating for a mobile user than trying to view a website that is not optimized for mobile devices.  With growing trends in mobile technology, it is important for businesses to develop content that is easily accessible from various mobile devices.  Dustin Tauer’s session at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce provided a great overview of mobile content development.  During this seminar, Dustin discussed a variety of methods that businesses can use to deploy content that is … Continue reading

Easel Solutions Seminar on Mobile Development:

Have you thought about building an iPad or iPhone app? How about Android? Join Dustin Tauer  from Easel Solutions for a mobile primer at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce west office onTuesday, October 25 from 10am to noon.   Dustin will talk about what you need for each platform. He will also demo a few different ways you can make mobile applications including Flash/ActionScript, HTML/JavaScript, and the Corona SDK. Dustin will also talk about the new Digital Publishing Suite … Continue reading

Easel Solutions presenting at SBAM Rule of Thumb Conference in November

The countdown is on for the Rule of  Thumb Small Business Conference put on by the Small Business Association of the Midlands.  The daylong conference is designed to help small business owners in Nebraska and Iowa develop and grow their businesses. Topics that will be covered in break-out sessions throughout the day will include social media, marketing, business finance and new tax laws.  I’m very excited to be presenting a session on software technology.  The session is going to cover … Continue reading

Easel Solutions will be presenting at ASTD Nebraska’s Trainer’s Institute

October is an exciting month for learning professionals in the Midwest. Why? Two words: Trainer’s Institute. Trainer’s Institute is a yearly event offered by ASTD Nebraska. This event provides both new and experienced trainers with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of adult learning principles, improve presentation skills, and learn effective design and development skills. This year, Trainer’s Institute will consist of individual weekly sessions. Participants may purchase sessions individually or the entire session package for a special price. Easel … Continue reading

Static and Interactive Button Widgets in Captivate

Recently I was approached by a former Captivate student who had a question regarding Button widgets.  Wait…what’s a widget?  So glad you asked!  A widget is a SWF file (Flash object) that can be inserted into a Captivate project.  Captivate developers use widgets to broaden and enhance Captivate’s functionality.  For instance, widgets can be utilized to insert a personalized printable certificate at the end of a lesson, insert a chart or table within Captivate, or even add a Twitter feed. Widgets provide … Continue reading