Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Event Registration with Adobe Connect APIs

Adobe Connect has a wonderful set of APIs that allow you to build custom integration from any system.  If you aren’t familiar with the Adobe Connect Web Services, check out the documentation and how to get started. Occasionally, I’m working with the APIs and I run into a road block.  Typically it’s something that’s undocumented.  I ran into this issue with the Adobe Connect Events API’s.  I could not find a web service that would give me a list of … Continue reading

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

iPad Retina Display and Web Design

The new iPad (iPad 3) added a very much anticipated retina display that doubles the resolution.  So rather than the usual 1024 x 768 resolution we’ve been used to for the last couple years, the iPad 3 is rocking a 2048 x 1536 resolution.  The new retina display is supposed to make our digital word a more beautiful place.  But as far as the web is concerned, it actually does the opposite.  The is because the iPad 3 is pixel … Continue reading

Offline iPad Website made with HTML5 and Captivate

Just uploaded another Captivate-to-iPad video, but with a little different twist.  This one takes the HTML5 output from Captivate and converts it to an offline website.  The big difference here is that you DON’T need to be an “Apple Developer” because this isn’t an actually iPad app.  It’s essentially a web site  (HTML page) that will download all the assets is needs (images, css, javascript, etc) so it can function without an internet connection. Check out the video for detailed … Continue reading

Creating an iPad application with Captivate

UPDATE: Now that Adobe Captivate 6 is released, you do not need the “HTML5 Converter for Captivate”.  Simply use the HTML5 Publishing feature to publish the HTML/CSS/JavaScript to add into PhoneGap. I’ve created a couple posts and videos about how to make an iPad application with Adobe Captivate.  This one is a winner though.  No command line hacks.  No complicated setup.  You can watch the video here. In the video, I’m combining a few different technologies to make it happen: … 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

Revisited: Captivate to the iPad

I while back, I posted a tutorial on how to convert a Captivate SWF file to an iPad app.  The tutorial involved some pretty intense command line hacking and a little bit of magic.  Nonetheless, I proved it could be done.  With an update to the HTML5 Converted for Captivate now posted to the Adobe Labs website, the process has gotten easier and has a couple additional options.  It’s still not “supported“, but I’m sure we’ll see a refined process … 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

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

Use Auto Fill to Quickly Add Data to your Excel Spreadsheets

Tired of manually typing in repetitive data in Excel? Let auto fill do the work for you! Auto fill is a nifty tool that will allow you to quickly add repetitive or sequential data to your spreadsheets. Imagine that you have a spreadsheet that keeps track of how many hours each employee works per weekday. Instead of typing out each weekday, simply type in Monday (or Mon if you prefer to abbreviate) and press the enter key. Now, select the … Continue reading