Adobe Captivate 6 Tutorials

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Adobe Captivate 2017 – Tutorials

Adobe Captivate 6

Round-trip with Microsoft® PowerPoint

Learn how to import your PowerPoint 2010 slides in eLearning projects with improved PowerPoint Library in Adobe Captivate 6. Bring in objects, animations and multimedia, easily update the content, and keep your PowerPoint and Adobe Captivate projects in sync with the dynamically linked import option.

Themes

Learn how to choose from attractive, professionally designed themes that blend backgrounds, styles, fonts, and layouts. Apply them across projects to maintain a consistent look and feel. You can also customize themes to suit your requirements.

Smart learning interactions

Learn how to insert aesthetically designed interactive elements to eLearning content with just a click. Simply select from a wide range of stunning out-of-the-box interactions like Process Cycle, Glossary, Accordion, Pyramid, Animated Rollover, and more, customize the content and appearance, and you’re done.

Actors

Learn how to tell your eLearning story more effectively using human characters. Select from a wide range of out-of-the-box actors making various gestures to give your eLearning a more personal touch. Set them against relevant backgrounds to make your scenarios look more realistic.

High-definition (HD) screencast

Learn how to easily create high-quality product demos with the new capture-as-a-video workflow. Edit video, and add transitions, smart shapes, audio, and captions. Insert a talking head or another video in a picture-in-picture format. Publish it to YouTube with a single click.

Audio response

Learn how to make your eLearning more personal by providing audio responses in content and quizzes. Record voice, convert text to speech, or import external sounds, and play them back when learners click on an object.

Smart Shapes

Learn how to introduce the Audio workflows, we had a two-part series training session discussing different options available to add, record and edit audio, add Text-to-Speech, etc.

Reflections

Learn how to add a new dimension to text, images, and even videos using reflections.

Object grouping

Learn how to group a set of smart shapes, images, or other objects so that you can work with them collectively. Resize, rotate, time, flip, move, or format all the objects in the group as if they were a single object.

Hyperlinks

Learn how to insert text hyperlinks to direct learners to other sections of the course or external sources for more information.

Text margins and custom bullets

Learn how to improve the appearance and readability of text by adding margins and custom bullets.

Adding Pre-tests

Learn how to use pre-tests to assess the knowledge, skill level, or training needs of individual learners. Based on the results, direct learners to the appropriate section, and quiz them at the end to gauge what they have learned.

Branch-aware quizzing

Learn how to calculate the final score of the branched quiz based only on the questions in the ‘branch’ viewed by the learner.

Partial and negative scoring

Learn how to assign a score to each correct option when a question has more than one correct answer. Discourage guesswork by penalizing learners for wrong answers.


Remediation

Learn how to make eLearning content more effective and improve the percentage of successful outcomes using the all-new remedial workflow. When answering a quiz question incorrectly, let learners revisit the relevant section, understand the concept correctly, and retry the question.


HTML5 publishing

Learn how to deliver eLearning on the go. Now publish eLearning content as HTML5, and take your courses to mobile devices. Send scoring data to leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs and track learner progress.


iPad publishing

Learn how to take your eLearning to mobile iDevices. Create interactive eLearning content in a jiffy using the iPad and iPhone presets. Publish content as HTML5, for access using browsers on iPads and iPhones.


Pause and resume

Learn how to allow learners to pause and resume linear courses across devices. By publishing eLearning content as both SWF and HTML5, learners can begin the course on either their desktop or mobile device, pause it, and then resume it on the same or another device.

Integration with SCORM- and AICC-compliant LMSs

Learn how to be assured that your scoring data will integrate smoothly with your Learning Management System (LMS). Publish your courses effortlessly to leading LMSs like Moodle, Blackboard, Plateau, Saba, and SumTotal.ss.


Submit All

Learn how to use the new Submit All feature in Adobe Captivate 6 to enable users to modify their choice for an answered question and submit all answers at once.

Text Effects

Learn how to apply text effects to the text in text captions, buttons, and smart shapes in Adobe Captivate 6.

Adding Playbar and Border

Learn how to add customized playback controls and border to your Adobe Captivate 6 courses.

Adding and Customizing Table of Contents

Learn how to add a Table of Contents to your Adobe Captivate 6 course and modify the properties and look-and-feel of TOC to suit your project requirements and specifications.

Screen Capture Enhancements

Learn about the screen capture enhancements which allow you to capture even the small changes in the screen including the mouse roll-over events. You will also learn about the new workflow to mark the unwanted slides for deletion during screen capture.

Screen with a Lightbox

Learn how to create a screen with a lightbox using Smart Shapes, Groups, and Advanced Actions features in Adobe Captivate 6.

Screen with Multiple Lightboxes

Learn how to create a screen with multiple lightboxes using Smart Shapes, Groups, and Advanced Actions features in Adobe Captivate 6.

Lightbox-style Menu

Learn how to create a lightbox-style menu using Smart Shapes, Groups, and Advanced Actions features in Adobe Captivate 6.

Accordion

Accordion Interaction

Learn how to add an Accordion interaction using the newly added smart learning interactions in Adobe Captivate 6.

Glossary

Glossary Interaction

Learn how to add a Glossary interaction using the newly added smart learning interactions in Adobe Captivate 6.

GlossaryBtn

Making Glossary available throughout the course.

Learn how to add a Glossary interaction using the newly added smart learning interactions in Adobe Captivate 6 and make it available throughout the course for the learners.

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Jigsaw Interaction

Learn how to add Jigsaw Interaction into your eLearning courses, and configure them for the size and complexity.

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Enhancements to Text-Entry-Box

Learn about various enhancements to the Text-Entry-Box which gives more control over TEB in terms of the inputs given.

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Upload HTML5 courses to Adobe Connect

Learn how to upload HTML5 courses to Adobe Connect from Adobe Captivate.

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Adobe Captivate 7 Tutorials

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Adobe Captivate 2017 – Tutorials

Adobe Captivate 7

DnD

Adobe Captivate 7: Drag and Drop Interaction

Learn how to make eLearning fun with drag and drop games, quizzes, and learning modules that can run on desktops and iPads.

Interactions

New Interactions in Adobe Captivate 7

Learn about the new learning interactions added in Adobe Captivate 7.

Accessibility

Enhanced Accessibility Support in Adobe Captivate 7

Learn how to create eLearning courses that address accessibility standards such as Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0).

Powerpoint

HTML5 Support for Powerpoint Courses in Adobe Captivate 7

Learn how to import your PowerPoint project, including text, shapes, audio, and animations, into Adobe Captivate 7 and publish it directly to HTML5.

DnDQuestion

Drag and Drop Question in Adobe Captivate 7

Learn how to create a Drag and Drop question in Adobe Captivate 7.

DnDAudio

Drag and Drop Interaction with Audio Feedback

Learn how to attach audio feedback to your drag and drop interactions in Adobe Captivate 7.

YouTube

Adobe Captivate 7: YouTube Interaction

Learn how to stream YouTube videos within your courses with Adobe Captivate 7.

Webpage

Adobe Captivate 7: Web page Interaction

Learn how to embed a browser interface within your Adobe Captivate 7 courses.

Notes

Adobe Captivate 7: Notes Interaction

Learn how to add the Notes interaction in your Adobe Captivate 7 courses to enable learners to add and edit notes as they take their courses.

MathMagic

The New Equation Editor in Adobe Captivate 7

Learn how to add complex mathematical equations, with operators and scientific symbols to courses using the multi-purpose equation editor from MathMagic.

SharedActions

Adobe Captivate 7: Shared Actions

Learn how to create and edit shared actions which can be reused across projects in Adobe Captivate 7.

Connect

Adobe Captivate 7: Publish HTML5 Courses to Adobe Connect

Learn how to enable pause and resume functionality in you Adobe Captivate 7 courses published on Adobe Connect.

Twitter

Adobe Captivate 7: Twitter Collaboration

Learn how to enable social conversations within Adobe Captivate 7 courses with the enhanced Twitter widget.

SystemAudio

Adobe Captivate 7: System Audio Recording and Editing

Learn how to record system audio along with narration in an Adobe Captivate 7 course.

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Importing GIFT Formatted Questions in Adobe Captivate 7

Learn how to import GIFT formatted questions from external source to Adobe Captivate 7. We can import these questions to main filmstrip as well as to Question Pools.

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Alternate Reporting support for HTML5 content in Adobe Captivate 7

Learn how to report an HTML 5 course to Internal Server configured within your organization. In this tutorial you will also learn how to use Captivate Quiz Results Analyzer.

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Publishing to TinCan LMS using Adobe Captivate 7

Learn how to publish to Learning Management Systems supporting TinCan APIs.

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Quizzing Enhancements for HTML5 output in Adobe Captivate 7

Learn the enhancements for Quizzing feature in Captivate 7 in terms of HTML5 output. Learn about how effects can be used inside the question slides, and view them in HTML5 output.

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Package the HTML5 content for devices using Adobe Captivate 7 App Packager

Learn how to combine the HTML5 output from Captivate 7 with other HTML5 animations from tools like Adobe Edge, and package them as apps for Android, iOS, and Metro Devices.

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Right to Left Language Support in Adobe Captivate 7

Learn how to use Right-to-Left Languages inside Adobe Captivate 7 with the latest support for Arabic, Hebrew, and Urdu Languages.

Adobe Captivate 6 – Tutorials

Adobe Captivate 8 Tutorials

Learn about Adobe Captivate from Experts. Below are links to videos that will guide you through the extraordinary features of Adobe Captivate. Come back to this page often as our collection is always growing. If you have a request for a topic that you don’t find here, please feel free to use the comment section below. And as always we love to hear from you!

Adobe Captivate 2017 – Tutorials

Adobe Captivate 8.0.1

Responsive Drag and Drop

Embedding Web Objects

Creating Symmetrical Shapes

Native App Publisher

Reset Object Position and Text in Responsive Projects

Swatches integration in color palette

Adobe Captivate 8

Introduction to Adobe Captivate 8

Learn about the basic functionalities of Adobe Captivate 8. Develop any-screen responsive mobile learning without programming. Use an intuitive UI to transform PowerPoint slides into engaging eLearning using actors, voices, interactions, and quizzes. Leverage best-in-class HTML5 publishing to deliver any content to mobile devices, the web, desktops, and leading LMSs.

What’s new in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn about the new features and enhancements in Adobe Captivate 8. Adobe Captivate 8 reimagines the way mobile learning is crafted. Rapidly author a wide range of mobile-first, responsive eLearning content without programming using an all-new, intuitive UI. Easily preview content for different screen sizes by selecting device layouts on-the-fly. Leverage device-specific capabilities, such as GPS, accelerometer, and gesture support, to deliver mobile learning as it is truly meant to be. Now enrich your courses with new customizable interactions, themes, and smart shapes.

The New User Interface of Adobe Captivate 8

Learn about the all-new user interface of Adobe Captivate 8.

Creating a Software Simulation with Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create a software simulation in Adobe Captivate 8.

Bringing your PPT into Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create PPT-based courses in Adobe Captivate 8.

Creating Quizzes with Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create a quiz in Adobe Captivate 8.

Drag & Drop Interaction in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create a drag and drop interaction in Adobe Captivate 8.

Responsive Design Overview

Learn about the basics of creating responsive courses with Adobe Captivate 8.

Creating Responsive Projects with Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create a responsive eLearning course using Adobe Captivate 8.

Using Responsive Themes and Theme colors in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to use responsive themes and modify the theme colors in Adobe Captivate 8.

Creating Custom Theme Colors in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create a custom and save a custom theme color palette in Adobe Captivate 8.

Positioning Objects in Responsive Adobe Captivate 8 Projects

Learn how to position objects in responsive Adobe Captivate 8 project.

Text formatting for different breakpoints in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn about the different text formatting options for different breakpoints in Adobe Captivate 8.

Multi-device Preview with Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to preview your responsive courses in different devices using Adobe Edge Inspect and Adobe Captivate 8.

Device-aware Delivery with Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how Adobe Captivate 8 enables you to serve content the learners based on their device OS and viewport size.

Gesture Support for Adobe Captivate 8 Courses

Learn how to leverage the instinctive gestures that allow learners to tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe their way through courses.

Responsive Simulations in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create a single screen capture project that works across devices with Adobe Captivate 8.

Responsive Quizzes in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create responsive quizzes with Adobe Captivate 8.

Responsive Preview and Publish Options in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to preview and publish your courses in Adobe Captivate 8.

Location-aware Learning with Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to utilize the GPS capabilities to deliver timely, location-aware content such as assessments that require learners to be at a particular geo-location with Adobe Captivate 8.

Removing Popups from Your Recording in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to get rid of the annoying notifications that pop up in the middle of your video demonstrations using Adobe Captivate 8.

Natively Import HTML5 Animations in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to import HTML5 animations into your Adobe Captivate project without requiring any plug-ins.

Natively Import Web Objects in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to embed web pages in Adobe Captivate 8 using the native web functionality in Adobe Captivate 8.

Smart Shape Enhancements in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to customize the shapes and convert them into buttons and choose different styles to indicate the up, hover, and down states in Adobe Captivate 8.

Enhancements in Shared actions in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn about the new enhancements in shared actions and variable parameterization in Adobe Captivate 8.

Memory Game in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create a memory game with Adobe Captivate 8.

Accelerometer-based Game in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn how to create an accelerometer-based game with Adobe Captivate 8.

Absolutely-timed Effects in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn about the new absolutely-timed effects in Adobe Captivate 8.

Common JavaScript Interface in Adobe Captivate 8

Learn about the common JavaScript platform for SWF and HTML5 in Adobe Captivate 8.

Adobe Captivate 7 – Tutorials

Adobe Captivate 9 Tutorials

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Adobe Captivate 2017 – Tutorials

Adobe Captivate 9

Introduction to Adobe Captivate 9

What’s New in Adobe Captivate 9

New Project

Responsive Project

Simulation

Quizzing

Captivate Draft: Storyboard

Captivate Draft: Review

Captivate Draft: Work with Creative Cloud

Multi-state objects

Multi-state objects: Drag & drop

Multi-state objects: Interactions

Multi-state objects: Slideshow

Multi-state objects: Questions

Applying Effects

Effects on Multi-state Objects

Enhancements to Responsive

Import SVG

Geo-location Enhancements

Device capture

Assets store

Publish to Adobe Captivate Prime

In-product LMS preview

Knowledge Check Questions

Review quiz buttons

Characters panel

Delay Next Action in Advanced Actions

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Adobe Captivate 8 – Tutorials

Adobe Captivate (2017 release) Tutorials

Learn from the experts. The videos below will help you get familiar with the features of Adobe Captivate (2017 release).

These are short tutorials that have been created by Adobe experts to get you up to speed on using the product.
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Introduction to Adobe Captivate (2017 release)

Create your first responsive project

Inserting a video in your project

Inserting an audio in your project

Create your first eLearning course

Section 508 compliance in Captivate

Adding Adobe Typekit fonts in your project

Assets for your 1<sup>st</sup> eLearning project

Migrating a non-responsive project to a responsive project

Record a video demo

Create a quiz to test your learners’ knowledge

Create a software simulation

Import a PowerPoint to your Captivate project

What is the Property Inspector

Use smart shapes as buttons

Preview your responsive project in various devices

Publishing, reporting, and tracking of your project in an LMS

Adobe Captivate 9 – Tutorials

Adobe Presenter 11.1 is now available

We are excited to announce the much-awaited update to Adobe Presenter – Adobe Presenter 11.1.

Adobe Presenter 11.1 now supports Microsoft Powerpoint 2016 (MS Office 2016). Adobe Presenter can be used now with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, 2013 or 2016 versions. It will also include the 2017 version of Adobe Presenter Video Express.

Adobe Presenter 11.1 also includes enhancements and resolution to the below issues:

  • Improved user experience after security improvements in Flash Player 23 and upward releases
  • Resolution to the Presenter’s Flash preview which was not working as expected.
  • Better video conversion to import videos into Adobe Presenter using Adobe Media Encoder (AME).

A detailed list of the enhancements can be found in the Adobe Presenter 11.1 Release Notes.

Adobe Presenter 11.1 system requirements are available here.

Click here to download Adobe Presenter 11.1 for your Windows PC or laptop.

Note – Adobe Presenter 11.1 is a standalone release. As a prerequisite, you should uninstall any of the existing Adobe Presenter software versions in your system and install the Presenter 11.1 release.

Building responsive simulations with Adobe Captivate 2017

Adobe Captivate 2017 comes with an exciting new workflow to aid in the creation of responsive eLearning courses: Fluid Boxes. Instead of designing multiple slides for different screen sizes (known as breakpoints), you work on a single slide. Fluid Boxes, containers that you insert on the stage and then populate with content, improve the responsive development time significantly.

Let’s take a look at the steps to record a responsive simulation with Captivate 2017:

To begin, start Captivate 2017 and double-click the Responsive Project thumbnail on the New tab of the Home screen.

1_Captivate 2017 Welcome Screen
A new, responsive project is created. Unlike Captivate 8 and 9 responsive projects, there are no breakpoints. Instead, you will see the Preview-in drop down list and the Preview Slider, to view how the content will be displayed on different device sizes, right inside the Captivate edit area.
2_Responsive Preview Options

Notice that the default maximum width and height of responsive projects in Captivate 2017 is set to 1024 x 627. You can increase or decrease it by rescaling the project.

To rescale the project, click Modify > Rescale Project.

In the Rescale Project dialog, enter the new width and height in pixels or percentage, and click Finish.

3_Rescale Project

Now let’s record the simulation. Go to the Toolbar and click Slides > Software Simulation (Click OK to confirm addition of slides after the selected slide.)

Select the window you wish to record, click the Record button, and then record the simulation (press the End key on your keyboard to finish recording).

The recorded slides are added to the Captivate project. Notice that there’s a blue rectangle on each of the simulation slides. The blue rectangle is the focus area of the simulation. It’s only visible in the edit area, and will disappear when you preview or publish the project. Note that the size of this blue rectangle is the minimum supported device size for Captivate responsive projects.

4_Blue Rectangle

You can reposition this blue rectangle to any other location and you’ll want to ensure that the rectangle covers the click area in the simulation.

To preview the slide in different device sizes, select the device options from the Preview-in drop-down menu. Notice that the visible area is always surrounding the blue rectangle and the rest of the area is greyed out.

5_Preview In Devices

To preview the entire project, choose Preview > Project. You can move the slider to check the responsiveness of your simulation.

When you publish and deploy the responsive simulation course to an LMS or web server and view it on a mobile phone or tablet, you will be able to pan to the areas which are not shown in the simulation. And as a result of this special panning functionality in responsive simulations, the default Swipe Right, Left, Up, or Down gestures are disabled for all the responsive simulation slides.

Want to learn more about the new features and enhancements in Adobe Captivate 2017? Check out my Captivate 2017: First look course on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning.

This post was first published in IconLogic blog.

The 2017 upgrade to Adobe Captivate Prime Provides an Amazing Experience

We’re continuing our quest to redefine the LMS with the latest update to Adobe Captivate Prime. If you haven’t tried Prime yet, now is the time to jump in and explore. The latest updates are amazing, and I’ve had a wonderful time sharing them with people through the new videos and via face to face demonstrations and early previews.

What has me so excited? Let me break it down.

Learner Dashboard of Adobe Captivate Prime
#1 – The learner experience is flat out sensational

The headlights dashboard is the clear headline. Big round interactive infographics show you which courses are overdue, nearing deadlines and in good standing. A single click calls the relevant courses to the top of the list instantly – making it crazy simple to find the things you should be working on. The other infographic displays your assigned certifications, learning programs and courses. Think of it as a compliance driving wheel. The same interactive selection and sorting are available there.

The Skills Dashboard for learners in Adobe Captivate Prime

The skill dashboard is flat out fantastic. You can easily see the skills your organizational leadership wants you to learn about. Click any one of them to learn all about it. You can explore to see all of the courses that are available to earn that skill, and you can even compare your assigned skill set to the skills of your peers and your leaders – making it an ideal way to better understand how training might impact your career.

Adobe Captivate Prime’s new learner dashboard kicks things off with a sleek new mobile friendly appearance that is totally flexible. You can drag and drop the on-screen widgets to your favorite positions to get the layout that works for you.

Use images and graphics to spice up the user experience for your Learners

The course browsing experience is enhanced with beautiful new photographic images to augment the smart cards. Courses in catalogs can be separated and filtered – making it easier than ever to find what you need. Lending power to your quest is the enhanced search feature. You can search from anywhere and smart filters make the job even more powerful. My favorite new search filter allows you to search your own course notes – to easily recall materials that you left notes on.

#2 One Player to Rule them All – No plugins required!

The fluidic player continues to revolutionize the LMS experience, with support for Word Docs, Acrobat PDFs, PowerPoint, Videos of virtually every ilk and eLearning in AICC, SCORM and xAPI formats. The player makes it possible to blend your learning with support for online learning, virtual classrooms, live face to face training and external activities.

#3 Adobe Captivate Prime is Easy, Automated, and Fun (yes, really)

You can roll out a learning program in under 90 minutes and get to virtually anything in 3 clicks or less. The automation means that you can make the system do those mundane chores for you so you don’t have to fiddle with enrollment for new hires, transfers, relocations or promotions.  You can even automate based on course completions.

The leaderboard and badges help provide motivation and reassurance that the work you are doing is contributing toward your goals and the goals of your organization. The competitive perspective increases engagement and enhances the sense of accomplishment – recognizing the mastery of your learners.

#4 Mobile, just like you

This update adds smartphone support, so now learners can access and use the mobile app for Android or IOS. That means that you can download courses and content onto your mobile phone or tablet and even complete the course or learning program while you are offline. The network smart resyncing will pick back up as soon as your device rediscovers a network – the data will report to the LMS.

#5 Easily extendible

Support for Multi-Tenancy – or many departments, brands, divisions or groups across your organization means that you can set up Adobe Captivate Prime to cover all of your learners and share content, reporting and even licenses across all of those groups. It even handles both internal and external users. Adobe Captivate Prime is flexible enough to meet the needs of the biggest enterprise solutions, and simple enough to work brilliantly even for small businesses.

Sound off below with your own reactions – I’d love to hear how others are finding the new Captivate Prime.

I want to open a Captivate 8/9 responsive project in Captivate (2017 release). What should I expect?

If you open a responsive project that you had created using Captivate 8 or 9 in Captivate (2017 release), you can see the following:

  • Breakpoints from the previous version
  • File > Save as Responsive option is disabled
  • No option to add a Fluid Box

To convert to auto-responsive project in Captivate (2017 release), create a new responsive project, and copy-paste the objects into the new responsive project. Also, apply the same theme to the new project.

While copying and pasting slides, only the objects at a specific breakpoint get pasted. If there are objects in a specific breakpoint, copy and paste the objects separately.

To work with Fluid Boxes on the existing theme, you can save the theme when the project is initially opened in the breakpoint mode. Later, apply the theme in the auto-responsive project to which you will copy-paste the slides (and objects).

Then, to insert Fluid Boxes, click Suggest Fluid Box, or add them from the menuand rearrange the objects manually in a slide.

Adobe Captivate (2017 Release) : Smart, Fast & Incredibly Flexible

The latest update to Adobe Captivate, Adobe’s industry leading eLearning authoring tool is packed with solid enhancements that will make virtually any eLearning developer smile, and the team at Adobe brings home another marvel – incredible levels of intuition and automation when it comes to creating fully responsive content for mobile devices.

Adobe is revolutionizing eLearning authoring again with the introduction of Fluid Boxes, a technology that  makes creating eLearning for desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones easier than ever. So what exactly does that mean?

Screen sizes differ. Screen orientations differ. It can be pretty challenging to make the same content fit well and remain interactive and retain its value as training when that content must appear on landscape and portrait oriented pages, realigned and scaled for everything from desktops to smart phones. The 2017 release of Adobe Captivate takes two giant leaps forward in automating this process.

First, it introduces the automated conversion of previously authored courses by adding a ‘Save as responsive’ option, along with a smart sense about screen layout that will anticipate the layouts that are most likely to rearrange well across devices.

Second, it adds a new solution for automatic reconfiguration of screens called Fluid Boxes. To understand Fluid Boxes, you need to first imagine the various items on the screen are each contained in a virtual rectangle. As the screen size changes, the boxes will intelligently rearrange, remove, realign and resize themselves in order to accommodate the different screen sizes and orientations. The Captivate team has taken this even farther, by enabling some elements to maintain static relationships within any box, and other elements to dynamically stretch, scale and rearrange within any given box.

One of my favorite new features – is that you can now preview all of the changes caused by changes to the scale and orientation, live right in the authoring environment. That means that you can simply drag the scale slider at the top of the stage, and watch as the layout you have specified, changes and scales, rearranges and transforms for the varied screen sizes and orientations.

You can also now use the device specific preview menu to rapidly sample the appearance across a wide range of devices. You can even create your own additional device sizes and add them to the list for quick and easy reference to whatever kind of devices you are using.

As you change the scale, you’ll notice right away that text now scales very smoothly from larger to smaller sizes across the various screens. You have more control of this than ever with minimum size limits in the property inspector. You can also tie the size of text elements on the screen together, so that your fonts remain same-sized (or relative same sized) across the entire page, even while scaling. You’ll also find that some of the problems of text overflow have been solved for you by dynamically enabling ‘more’ text within smaller interfaces. The new Adobe Captivate actually lets you lock the size of a text block, and if the text overflows that limit, it will give the learner a ‘more’ button that they can use to see all of the text on an overlay.

Adobe TypeKit in Browser

An image of Adobe TypeKit running in a browser.

 

Fonts play a big part in Adobe Captivate (2017 Release) as Adobe TypeKit integration is introduced to Adobe Captivate. This means that now course authors can use all of those gorgeous fonts without fear that they will be lost in the void of the Internet. If you’ve authored courses for HTML5, one of your frustrations is no doubt that you have essentially been limited to 5 basic web safe fonts. No fancy curls or beautiful serifs. All that changes with the introduction of Adobe Captivate 2017 integration with Adobe TypeKit.

Course authors only have to point to the fonts in their TypeKit library to share the joy of hundreds of amazing fonts with their learners, delivering a consistent learning experience.

Configure CC in Captivate

Captivate has always been about customization – it is the sort of thing that becomes really important when your boss or a client wants something changed and your tool doesn’t allow you to do it. That’s why the enhancements to closed captions in Adobe Captivate (2017 Release) have clearly reset the standards for the industry. Now you can fully format those captions, place them anywhere on the screen, customize the colors, fonts, backgrounds, alignment and more. All fully responsive, the new closed caption editing controls are nothing short of fantastic.

Asset Libraries are the toy in my cereal box, and Adobe Captivate now comes stocked with more than 75,000 assets that you can use to go nuts with including games, images, characters, templates, themes and more. These are premium assets from the eLearning Brothers collection of more than a million incredible resources, and they will give any project a jump start. If that isn’t enough, you can easily jump over to the eLearning Brothers site and grab the other million assets to make your library complete.

If you are an advanced user, there is something fantastic in the 2017 Release of Adobe Captivate for you too. Combine Conditional and Standard Advanced actions, and LOOP! Yes, really. Now you can create a ‘while’ loop in your conditional advanced actions. Combined with object states you could create perpetual motion cycling through a set of different states, or you could use it to check for a change in a variable, even monitor a network status.

While you’re tinkering with animation, check out the new group animation ability. Now you can animate groups, in addition to animating individual objects. I was easily able to concoct a propeller from smart shapes and get it grouped and spinning around a center hub. Group based animation should ease the process of creating more complex animated elements in your learning projects.

There are a number of additional fixes, enhancements and benefits packed into the 2017 update to Adobe Captivate. There is a cool enhancement to application capture that lets mobile users swipe and pinch the screen for a better view on mobile responsive projects, and editable states on master slides.

Get your own copy of Adobe Captivate 2017 right now, simply by downloading the trial right here. If you are a Captivate subscriber, the trial will automatically activate with your Adobe ID. Best of all, you can leave your copy of Captivate 9 on your machine in case you need to use both for a while. If you are not yet a subscriber, consider subscribing to the service – at @$29.99/mo US, its a great way to get the updates – even a full version update like this one at no additional expense. Of course you can still purchase a perpetual license if you prefer.