Tag Archives: Captivate

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

Mobile Features in Captivate 7 [Review]

The release of Adobe Captivate 7 has introduced a number of new features and even more updates/enhancements. There is an obvious emphasis on mobile. With this review, I’m deciding to comment/critique Captivate 7 from a mobile-oriented viewpoint. I won’t be commenting on the host of features that benefit all mediums (like Shared Actions, Tin Can integration, Interactions, etc.). If you’re interested in all the features of Captivate 7, check out this page. Ease of Use One of my favorite things … Continue reading

ASTD Twin Cities Conference Wrap-up

I had a busy schedule at this year’s ASTD Twin Cities Regional Conference in Saint Paul.  Three presentations and lots of networking at our exhibitor booth. It was a great show.  Thanks to everyone who attended my sessions and stopped by to chat!  I met a lot of great folks and had some really good discussions. Below is a brief summary of each of my presentations and any slides or resources associated with them.  If you have any feedback, leave … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Don’t forget to Backup!

We’ve all heard it, yet many of us fail to do it.  Sometimes it creeps into our brains as a passing thought that’s quickly dismissed, much as one might dismiss a mother’s warning about not going swimming right after eating.  And then the day comes when we beat our head against the wall saying “Why?! Why didn’t I save a backup copy of my project?!” Believe me, I am just as guilty as the next person of neglecting this critical … 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