Testing mLearning Content on Mobile Devices

Content authors creating mLearning often need a way to quickly and easily test their courses on a mobile device. The below video demonstrates how to set up a testing server so you can test courses on your mobile devices directly from your computer.  This saves you from having to upload the course to an LMS or staging server.  In the video, I’m publishing the course using the HTML5 output feature of Adobe Captivate 6. I’m using XMAPP as my testing … 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 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

The many uses for Adobe Connect

If you aren’t familiar with Adobe Connect, it might be time to take a look. It’s likely that adding Adobe Connect save you money and help your company work smarter, not harder. Whether you’re in the government, healthcare, the wine industry, or make cookies, there’s a use case for you.  Below are a some videos to give you an overview of a few ways Adobe Connect can help.  Let us know if you want a more customized demonstration of what … 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

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

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

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

Your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of the year where you look at all the areas of your life that could use improvement and set some goals. Of course, you have the obligatory eat better, lose weight, learn to play the trombone, etc. However, one area that’s often overlooked is your professional skill set. A good friend/colleague of mine, Danny Patterson, once said: We often spend so much time cutting down trees that we forget to sharpen the axe. While he might not … 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