TOC wrap up and Buttons name convention.

Hello Everyone,

I am using Captivate 9 first version. I have 2 questions:

1. Is there any way to wrap up the TOC topics (Long topic names should be wrapped). I have tried everything but I am not able to find the solution.

2. When we hover over the player buttons then it shows the name of that particular button. Can we change the “Forward” button to “Next” …etc. naming convention. Is this possible?

Looking forward for any help. Thank you.

Regards,
Nitesh

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My first and only authoring tool.

When I first started to work in e-learning, I thought the job was easy. I assumed that the experience I had had as a classroom teacher will make my life easy in then-trending e-learning business, and, very naively, thought that  e-learning doesn’t differ much from any other kind of teaching. Soon I realized that I was completely wrong. Of course, teaching experience helps, but e-learning turned out to be a whole new world.

I went through a long line of frustration trying to rely on open source software and here came Adobe Captivate. My first (and only) authoring program. I started with version 6, and since then, I can tell the software made a tremendous progress. It is not ideal, but we don’t live in an ideal world. I did not have almost any experience with competing software, but as I notice it’s just a matter of choice. There were some people who tried to ‘convert’ me to other authoring tools, but they weren’t successful. I can say that Captivate has all the features you need to create great e-learning resources. But it is a tool, so it doesn’t do the job for us.

A great thing is that Adobe Captivate developers try to follow the trends. In the contemporary fast- changing world is so hard to follow the trends. But here, I really think Captivate is successful. We have responsiveness included (was it version 8 that the first responsive possibilities were added (?) later followed by fluid boxes), now interactive videos and VR. I can honestly say that Captivate abilities are only limited by the amount of our creativity.

And finally,  I also value this community, I discovered not so long ago. Thank you all participants and contributors! I am waiting for more to come !

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Adobe Captivate 2019 vs. SharePoint: The Issue is real.

Recently there have been some discussions about the JSON files in Adobe Captivate 2019 and issues with SharePoint blocking them during the upload process.  This occurs on both intranet and extranet server side.

What is a JSON file format?

According to w3schools.com (visit w3schools.com for detailed information):

  • JSON: JavaScript Object Notation.
  • JSON is a syntax for storing and exchanging data.
  • JSON is text, written with JavaScript object notation.

The issue Adobe Captivate 2019 users seem to be experiencing is uploading the JSON files included in the project’s HTML5 output to SharePoint.  This issue is affecting users on personal and business levels.

Workarounds:

Normally the SharePoint Administrator can configure the server to allow a MIME type to support JSON format.  See Upload an Adobe Captivate published output on SharePoint for more information.

Another workaround is to go into the index.html file and replace the JSON extensions with .js.  Then do the same with the JSON files themselves.   However, sometimes neither of the before mentioned actions resolve the issue.  As a result, less tech-savvy users find themselves reaching out elsewhere for support.  This is problematic and could be costly.

Why did Adobe decide to use JSON files?  A thought is that the HTML5 publishing process generated so many loose file types to the dr folder that Adobe used the JSON format to store these files in a more efficient way.

However, it is the way in which the JSON files are now being used that is causing the issue.

The Back Story:

In the previous versions of Adobe Captivate such as 7, 8, and 9 (before updating to version 9.0.2.437) the individual loose files such as png, smartshapes, and text captions from the project’s HTML5 output were stored in the dr folder.  There could be hundreds of images in that folder.   However, SharePoint had no issue accepting these files because they were not stored in JSON.

In more recent versions of Adobe Captivate such as 2017 and 2019, the images are now stored inside of JSON files.  You may have seen the files labeled as im1, im2, im3 and so on.  Also, there is the main imgmd file that stores png files, text captions, smartshapes, and etc.  See the example image below of Adobe Captivate HTML5 Output in the dr folder.

JSON files just simply cannot be deleted and expect the project to function.  It will not. It is issues like the one above that cause user frustration.

Maybe Adobe did not intend for Adobe Captivate to be used with SharePoint.  Whatever the intention, it is happening and it is real.

If you know of any helpful fixes or useful suggestions, users experiencing the issue discussed in this article would appreciate your support.

References:

W3schools.com, (2018), “JSON – Introduction”, Retrieved on November 4, 2018, from https://www.w3schools.com/js/js_json_intro.asp

Adobe, (2018), “Upload an Adobe Captivate published output on SharePoint” Retrieved on November 4, 2018, from Adobe.com https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/kb/upload-captivate-published-output-sharepoint.html

Image, (2018), “Adobe Captivate HTML5 Output in dr folder” by Veem.

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eLearning Livestream – Responsive Projects in Captivate 2019 | Oct 15, 12:00 EDT, 2018

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Captivate (2019 release) Update 1 is now live!

We have released Update 1 for the 2019 release of Captivate. This update addresses several important bug and security fixes.

To install the update, in Captivate, click Help > Check for Updates. Then, follow the on-screen instructions.

Verify that the new build number after the update is 11.0.1.266.

This update contains the following fixes:

  • In iOS devices, VR content does not display as expected and appears truncated when an LMS launches the content in an iframe.
  • An HTML5 output in an upgraded PowerPoint project appears blank, when the source PPT is in Linked mode.

Please update your copy of Captivate (2019 release) and let us know if there any issues.

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Interactive Videos for the Win

The 2019 release of Adobe Captivate contained a lot of exciting new features and updates. It was a forgone conclusion in my mind that Interactive Videos would be the stand out feature. I was immediately cast back to crafting DVD menus in Adobe Encore and began to think of the promise of all the things that would now be possible in the era of Interactive Videos.

Virtual Reality and 360 media are firmly planted in the future of training. However, the possibilities created by the introduction Interactive Video not only impact the future, but can proliferate through existing media and what I’m creating now.

I’m not alone in my thinking.

Lieve Weymeis has 10 years of experience answering questions in forums and other social media. She said, “Interactive Video is without any doubt my favourite new feature in Captivate 2019.

CaptivateTeacher.com‘s Paul Wilson said, “VR is cool, and everything but I predict that the breakthrough feature of Adobe Captivate 2019 will be the new Interactive Video feature.

I’ve read several posts that indicate others have taken a hard look at the feature and are figuring out where it fits into their workflows. Recently, user NYC1 asked about using the video bookmarks for navigation without relying on overlays. Lieve Weymeis swiftly conceived a use case: Interactive Video (CP2019): Navigation button.

I had been thinking of those video bookmarks and how fast I could create a menu system that hearkened back to those old DVD menus I used to make. So, I grabbed an old YouTube video and used the bookmarks and overlays to quickly construct a menu. Maybe not the ideal solution with the necessary overlay duplication, but I was able to use SmartShapes as buttons to directly link to the bookmarks without the use of Advanced Actions or JavaScript.

I’ve uploaded the source and HTML5 publish for your perusal. Comment below and let me know what you think. I can’t wait to hear what everyone is doing with this feature.

Interactive Video Menu Source File

Play

 

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Adobe Captivate 2019 released – A Quick Review on All New Features

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A booming sought software, Adobe Captivate makes a hard impression with its astonishing features in its new release, Adobe Captivate 2019. The most buzzing feature in eLearning industry which is Virtual Reality is now available in this tool and makes your project stand apart. In addition to virtual reality, Adobe Captivate 2019 released a set of new and enhanced features to develop eLearning courses effortlessly and thrives the learner’s retention.

Let’s have a quick look on New Features of Adobe Captivate 2019.

  1. Virtual Reality Experience Learning:
    Now it becomes handy to create an immersive learning experience courses with the new virtual reality project. Import 3600 images and create a seamless virtual reality project. By using VR glasses learner can experience virtual reality and engage with near real-life scenarios. You can create a perfect interactive environment by integrating interactive elements like hotspots.
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  2. Automatic Device Preview:
    In the earlier version, Adobe Captivate introduced a device listing preview feature to view your content in different screen sizes. This feature got updated and now it has come up with slider option to preview the content. It also has layout preview button, where you can see your content automatically change position and form across the full spectrum of device sizes with a single click.
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  3. Interactive Videos:
    Transform your mp4 videos or existing YouTube videos into interactive video-based eLearning. Add quiz and knowledge check at specific areas in the video and evaluate the user performance. Also, you can add bookmark on the timeline where user will be redirected to the bookmarked timeline when they fail to finish the activity.
  4. Automatic Chroma Key Effects:
    You don’t need to be a green screen technology expert to remove the background. With this new feature you can personalize your videos with few clicks and add images or videos as background. You can use the media that comes along with the Adobe Captivate or choose your own.
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  5. Smart Video Recording (Webcam + Screen Capture):
    With this built-in feature in Adobe Captivate 2019, you can create a video demo using screen capture and webcam simultaneously. You can also add interactivity and edit the videos in multi-screen video based learning.
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  6. Live Device Preview for VR:
    Now you can check your elearning courses how exactly it is playing in the VR devices with the all-new Live Device Preview feature. You can preview all your courses in your device once you establish the connection with the Captivate. This could be done by generating a QR code in the Captivate 2019 smart authoring tool that you can scan using the QR scanner app in your mobile device.
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  7. PowerPoint to Responsive eLearning with Ease:
    Converting PowerPoint to Responsive eLearning has never been so easy with this new feature in Captivate 2019. PowerPoint content slides adjust itself to the screen size and makes it more responsive to the learners. Therefore you can transform static slides into interactive learning slides with few clicks.
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  8. Fluid Boxes 2.0:
    This is an upgraded feature in 2019 release of Adobe Captivate. With this advancement, your content scales up automatically and align across device sizes. In addition, you can customize fluid boxes by wrap up options, view parent-child relations, distribute objects equally in the properties inspector and also set alignment for static fluid boxes.
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  9. CSV Question Import Template:
    A standard format of adding interactive questions is now replaced with the new CSV Question Import Template feature. A sample CSV file will be given in the assets folder where you need to copy it in your project folder and follow the instructions as mentioned in the file. Add the questions and finally upload in the Captivate project. Or you can populate the questions in macro enabled excel sheet and generate a CSV file from it. The main advantage of this CSV file is to import bulk questions into your project that saves development time.
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  10. Overlay Slides:
    The traditional video might convey the right information, but doesn’t evaluate the learner performance. But with Overlay slides in Adobe Captivate you can convert your recorded or streaming videos into interactive videos for user remediation.
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  11. 360⁰ Learning Experiences:
    Maximize the learning space by integrating with the feature, 360 slide. With this feature, you can add 3600 images to the slide and also interactive elements like hotspots to enhance the user learning experience.

Hope these features will help you to create rapid eLearning courses to meet the learner specific needs.

Source Link: http://www.swiftelearningservices.com/adobe-captivate-2019-released-bagged-with-all-new-features/

 

 

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Captivate 2019 review

  1. Captivate 2019 features review
Virtual reality
It’s great to see Adobe leading the charge and bring V.R. to learning. This new feature will be great for creating ‘risk free’ safety drills, orientations and much, much more allowing developers to bring an immersive experience to their learners.There are plenty of options to make to content interactive with a good selection of hotspots to choose from, such as, inserting audio, text and images and a neat Active Gaze feature that automatically launches the interaction when the viewer pauses on it.
Interactive Video
This for me will  be the most used new feature in Captivate 2019. Insert information, knowledge checks and questions into local or a You Tube video by adding overlay slides. The bookmark function makes it easy for developers to take learners’ back to a particular point in a video to check information. Captivate makes it quick and easy to create engaging and interactive video content.
Live Device Preview
A handy new feature, especially for responsive courses, to test how your learners’ will view your content. Captivate creates a QR code and a link as long as its viewed on your network. This is particularly useful when you make changes to your content, just refresh your browser to view the updated content.
It will shortens the testing phase from previous versions of Captivate.
Fluid Boxes
It is now easier than ever to create responsive content with some good updates to the U.I. fluid boxes now get highlighted by color when hovered over on the stage and in the properties panel, which is a neat visual clue to help you when working on different fluid boxes another visual aid in the properties panel is icons that tell you which way the content is flowing, handy for trouble shooting. You can also enter the size of the fluid box from the properties menu handy when you have multiple slides. These changes will have a positive impact in creating responsive content
Conclusion
The new features will keep this version up-to-date well into 2019 and beyond because there are lots of great new features and improvements. Interactive video is a great addition to Captivate’s armory. The live device preview fits nicely with the updates to creating responsive courses. Virtual reality makes the release future proof and lays the gauntlet down in the authoring market. Captivate has never been easier to use.

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Review of Some of the Best Features in Adobe Captivate 2019

Do you recall when Adobe Captivate 2017 was released? It set a new development methodology with it’s Fluid Boxes and the things you could do with multi state objects. Other eLearning tools had to play catch up. Well the newest release of Adobe Captivate 2019 will be leading the way again. I won’t go into all the new features here but allow me to highlight some new aspects of Adobe Captivate 2019 that I think will have a big impact on the eLearning community.

Interactive Video

This feature I think should be the most used if you have video. When I taught eLearning Development, my students knew that video is passive. We called it a sofa technology. When you interact with the learning, that’s a chair technology. Learning is not passive, so I was careful how I used video. Now Captivate can make videos interactive by adding overlays or interactions as well as bookmarks.  Also, if your course has limited bandwidth, you can use videos stored on YouTube. This is helpful for some but not for institutions. Many need to keep their content within their firewalls. To keep their content secure, Captivate 2019 allows you to embed the video within your course.

Figure 1 – Overlay icon outlined when an overlay screen is added

Here is a video tutorial by Paul Wilson on this topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uNc9Yhg2CE

Webcam and Video Demo

I had recorded most of my lessons on video when I was teaching. I have over 700 videos on all aspects of Mobile Application Development. I’ve used a number of tools over the years – however I stopped using Captivate. When I zoomed in using the computer’s OS zoom tool, Captivate wouldn’t also follow the cursor. However, in Captivate 2019 they have made significant improvements to the recording screen demonstrations. They have also added a web cam feature which is good to help you connect better with the audience. There is also an ingenious way for you to mask out the background – even if you don’t have a green screen. It may not be perfect (yet) but it is a good thing for you to experiment with.

I’ll be looking to using the webcam and video demo feature more as I get back to recording some tutorials.

Figure 2 – Preparing to record the screen and web cam

Paul Wilson’s tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWm7IuMqxyA

Virtual Reality

The power of VR is now in the hands of educators. You no longer need programming skills or third party web services. You can create your own interactive 360 panorama. This feature is also compatible with a variety of goggles including Google Cardboard goggles (less than $20). There are apps that can make a photosphere for you but you may find you get better results when using a 360 degree camera for the recording. What is also very nice is that you can insert several different hotspots and interactions.

This is not a feature that all learning can use, but it is very handy to have at your finger tips. It will be worth your while to invest a little time into learning this feature.

Paul Wilson’s tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBLs6jEmIGc

Live Preview

As you develop your course, you may be interested to see what it looks like on an Android and an iPhone as well as a tablet. In the past that meant publishing the app and uploading it so you can preview it on a mobile device. Now, this whole process has been automated. Basically, you click on the Preview button and select Live Preview on Devices. Captivate will generate a QR Code and display it in the default browser. Use your mobile device to scan the QR code and the device will load up your course to give you a hassle free way of previewing your course.

Figure 4 – QR Code to preview your course

Paul Wilson’s tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6vmrlDEfhQ

PowerPoint to Mobile Learning

PowerPoint is not evil. The way we use it may be evil but don’t blame the tool. Many organizations have a lot of content tied up in PowerPoint. With Captivate 2019 you can not only import your PowerPoint but you can make it responsive. I recorded a video a while back show two ways of doing this.

Blog on PowerPoint to Mobile Learning: https://elearning.adobe.com/2018/08/two-methods-making-powerpoint-mobile-friendly/

Conclusion

This is just a short review of some of the new features of Adobe Captivate 2019. Other new features that have also been added for this release and not covered include:

  • Fluid boxes 2.0
  • Automatic chroma key effects
  • CSV question import template (Comma Separated Values).

I think Adobe has done an excellent job with this update and I’m excited to develop more dynamic learning using some of the newest features of Captivate 2019.

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