Category Archives: Announcement

Just Released: Adobe Captivate 8

Today’s release of Captivate 8 marks another large milestone in eLearning development. Captivate 8 is loaded with new features, but its milestone achievement lies within the responsive design tooling. With this release, eLearning developers now have a streamlined workflow for developing eLearning that can meet the demands of a diverse mobile audience. Responsive Design The responsive design workflow is, as I mentioned above, a monumental addition to Captivate 8. Responsive Web Design (RWD) is not a new concept. There are … Continue reading

Adobe Edge Tools & Services

Today, Adobe hosted their Create the Web keynote in San Francisco.  During the presentation the announced and demonstrated a ridiculous number of new tools/services centered around web design and development. Below is a quick summary of what was announced. You can find a lot more information at http://html.adobe.com. Tools & Services Edge Animate 1.0 (formerly Adobe Edge) Edge Reflow Edge Code (based on Adobe Brackets) Edge Inspect (formerly Adobe Muse) Edge Web Fonts Typekit PhoneGap Build Adobe Edge Animate 1.0 … Continue reading

No excuses for bad eLearning

Now is the time to upgrade your eLearning tools if you haven’t already. Last month, we saw the release of Adobe Connect 9 which added some great virtual training features and a completely rebuilt event/registration system for managing live online training classes. We also were introduced to the new and improved Captivate 6. I posted my first impressions shortly after the launch and I highly recommend it for anyone developing software demonstrations, interactive simulations or scenario-based training. People say bad things … Continue reading

It’s Here: Adobe Captivate 6

Captivate 6 is now available. It is hands-down one of the best product updates that I’ve seen from Adobe. CP6 truly demonstrates both a response to what power users have been asking for and a chance to innovate. In a nutshell, you need this version. If you’re new to eLearning development, it’s a great all-around tool. If you’re already using Captivate, upgrade now. While there are a couple missing pieces, overall, it’s a home run. Keep reading to find out … Continue reading

Adobe Shadow: Great for Mobile Web Designers

I just posted a video about how to get started with Adobe Shadow.  It’s a killer tool for testing websites on mobile devices.  Not only can you synchronize your page navigation with your desktop, but you can also inspect the DOM and see how your CSS is rendering on the device.  Adobe Shadow is a browser plugin for Google Chrome.  The installation process can be found in the video and on the Adobe Labs website. One thing to note: I’m … 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

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

Adobe Presenter Updated (7.0.7)

It’s an exciting time for Adobe Presenter users because it’s been updated and now supports ActionScript 3.0.  This means you can add AS3 SWF files (from Captivate 5 and Captivate 5.5).  This also means Adobe Presenter content also works with Adobe Connect 8.  Can you hear all the cheers? There are a couple things you will want to be aware of: Adobe Presenter 7.0.7 is a FREE UPGRADE for anyone who currently own Adobe Presenter 7 or ANY version of … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Flash Builder 4.5 and the new Flex SDK

If you haven’t heard, Creative Suite 5.5 was just announced.  With it came another exciting announcement: Flash Builder 4.5.  Not only is the Eclipse-based development tool pumped full of new features, but it will ship with an updated SDK.  Below is a look at some of the exciting new features both in Flash Builder and in the new 4.5 SDK.  The features list includes links to additional resources.  We’ll be posting some video too so you have no excuse for … Continue reading