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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 220.127.116.116.
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.
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.”
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’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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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- Captivate 2019 features review
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.
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
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
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/
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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Hello, all. If you’re anything like me, getting excited about any Captivate release is a regular occurrence. However, with the latest major version of the software, Captivate 2019 proves to make your job easier, refine your skills as an educator/designer/developer/etc., and no doubt, wow your audience. In this post I’ll be highlighting the top 5 (among many others) new features and enhancements, selected by me as those I see immediately impacting my work. My top 5 are ordered by the amount of impact they will add to my work.
1: 360° Immersion (New feature) – I doubt I have to inform you of the increasing footprint that the 360° media and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies are making across numerous industries, and I am happy to say that Adobe has hit another home run with adding this new feature to the 2019 release of Captivate. I am incredibly excited about being able to immerse learners into a 360° environment. Even more so than the VR publishing option. To clarify, I am not saying I dislike the VR feature (truth is, I love it!), but rather, that the requirement to use a VR headset is not a readily available resource in my neck of the woods – creating training interactions for the corporate masses. So, I will highlight the 360° media element as my top choice of the five. A few notable feature highlights are below:
- Hotspots – Not only does this feature allow learners to better understand and visualize an environment, but hotspots allow them to seamlessly interact with it in real time.
- Hotspot Icon Set – Like you, I have also spent countless time creating a variety of assets for my courses, including clickable icons. The 2019 release of Captivate has a variety of icons built directly into the hotspot feature which promotes consistency in design, as well as ease of development.
- Action – Display Text – With any hotspot, learners will expect something to happen on their screen once they’ve clicked it. “So what?” You might be thinking. “I create advanced actions all the time. What’s the big deal?” The big deal, is that Captivate 2019 has a new action, Display Text, that, you guessed it, displays text once a hotspot is clicked. The beauty here is that there is zero development! Just insert a hotspot, choose the Display Text action, and type your text into the dialogue box (or choose a picture to display). And just like that, you’ve created a hotspot that toggles content to hide/show. No variables. No advanced actions. Just rapid development.
- Imagine the operational impact of building a course to be used during employee on-boarding to hammer home the look and feel, and location of tools at a workstation. Or creating a virtual tour of your facility. I, for one, will be looking to do both of these, and then some!
- Final Feature Note – Hotspots also come with successful click indicators to visually help learners identify which hotspots they’ve already clicked, and those they’ve yet to see. Again, no development required.
2: Simultaneous Webcam and Screen Recording – As my efforts continue to involve video software (Premiere Pro, Presenter, Camtasia, etc.), so too does the burden of exporting, rendering, and syncing assets to one another. I am very excited about this feature for its ability to help streamline media-rich projects, which in our world makes a drastic impact on ROI. A few additional feature notes are detailed below:
- One file, as opposed to separate audio and video files
- Audio and video are automatically synced on the timeline
- No external resources are needed
- Will help to reduce project size having audio, video, and screen captured as one.
- NOTE: Notice the YouTube tab, thus confirming there was no PhotoShop magic tricks. This process was incredibly easy, and with a little practice I’ll be quite polished at this.
3: Interactive Videos (Enhancement) – While the interactive video feature is not new, the folks at Adobe have added a couple rather impressive tools to the existing feature. See the bullets below for an overview
- Overlay slides allow designers to ‘layer’ an entire slide over the existing video to further reiterate a point, to add interactivity, or to merely help break the video up a bit and keep learners engaged.
- Bookmarks can now be added to videos directly in the timeline, and are independent. That is, they are not reliant on any overlay slides that are preexisting in the project.
- A new action has been added that allows for the incredibly robust manipulation of the timeline. After adding one or more bookmarks, create a button and choose ‘Jump to Bookmark’ to see it in…action!
4: Live Device Preview (New Feature) – With so many people in today’s workforce working remotely, and travelling, the need is growing for us to develop learning experiences that that are optimized for viewing on a variety of devices. From desktop and laptop, to tablet and smartphone, devices come in all shapes and sizes. That said, Captivate 2019 now allows for live device previews. See the bullets below for more details.
- To preview on a physical device, Captivate 2019 generates a unique QR Code. Then, just scan the code with the device, and away you go!
- This feature will support the QA process immensely, as more and more of my work is ingested by learners not from atop a desk, but rather, from their hands.
5: Resources on Project-selection Screen – One of the first things I noticed when I cracked open Captivate 2019 was the addition of a new tab on the project selection screen. Rather than seeing ‘Recent’ and ‘New’ as my only choices, I was impressed when I clicked on the newly added ‘Resources’ tab.
- Dozens of items to use and from which you will likely benefit
- Fully operational sample project files that highlight key new features like 360° media, VR, and interactive videos.
- Resources also include many quick and concise feature overview screen-casts, videos, and documents.
- This is the perfect place for the beginner to start! I wish I had these resources when I was brand new to Captivate.
In summary, Captivate 2019 is a must get for the modern trainer, instructional designer, and beyond!
Until next time, Cadets! Go be the YOND!
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Captivate 2019 (version 11) was released on the 22nd of August. I had agreed to coach a personalised training 27-28 of August, which was planned for CP2017. I got an urgent call: would it be possible to switch to CP2019? Since I like challenges, I accepted. In this post I will talk about this experience, my view as trainer on this new version. Beware: do not consider this to be a full Review, that will be posted later. I didn’t coach about all the new features as you’ll read.
Why do I label this training as ‘personalized’? The client had asked for very specific topics, not for a standardised basic training, because the trainees would start with a very specific project. They needed to learn about quizzes, responsive projects with fluid boxes, branching, themes. I explained that is was also necessary before any other topic to understand the functionality of Captivate’s timeline because that is the real foundation of all functionality. I agreed to add 360 images with hotspots workflow. Due to the limited duration of the training (two days) I would demo interactive video, but not train about its workflow.
It was a small group of trainees, but with very different background. First example: one trainee had been working as freelance developer with Captivate 2017, but had never a real training and only created non-responsive projects. Another trainee never used Captivate, but had an IT degree, well versed in programming languages and user of Premiere Pro. Another challenge: all trainees needed to be engaged in the training! From their end feedback (orally) this has been a success. I don’t remember everything, but was particularly impressed by one sentence ‘I learned so much in so little time.M oreover you really empowered me. I arrived, believing that Captivate was a simple application to create small videos but it is so much more !’
Captivate 2019 features
It is much easier for a trainer to explain the idea of fluid boxes in this new version. The hierarchy is made very clear, in the properties panel (once a FB has been selected) and by the indicators in the top left corner of each fluid box/object.
Those indicators also show visually the flow of the fluid box, whether it is the selected one (center fluid box in the screenshot) or hovering over a fluid box (green indicator for bottom fluid box).
We did explore the fluid boxes in the default quizzing master slides. Since themes were a requested topic, we created a couple of content master slides. I showed not only the use of the new Position properties for sizing the fluid boxes, but also my (still favourite) workflow for using guides. It is a personal choice. One of the content master slides was used for a Drag&Drop question.
Due to lack of time, I didn’t use the CSV import, but the older GIFT import for the creation of the quiz slides. GIFT has the advantage of allowing to enter partial scoring, couldn’t find it in the CSV import (may have missed it?).
We created a 360 image, and added hotspots, trying out all the possible assets: text, image, audio and question slide. The workflow is so easy that the trainees didn’t really need training. I love it when trainees ask: can we find out ourselves, for any feature! Here a static screenshot showing a hotspot with a question:
I explained how it is possible to edit the image in Photoshop CC, maybe to correct some exposure flaws.
As explained before I didn’t train, only showed an example of interactive video. Beware: this is really my favourite new feature, be sure you’ll see interactive videos posted here in a near future. It just didn’t fit in this training of two days.
Fluid Boxes – Adobe is Listening!
When Fluid Boxes were launched in Captivate 2017 Release, I was pleased with this approach to responsive design. However, I felt like some aspects needed improvement. For me, the main thing was resizing of Fluid Boxes. Resizing Fluid Boxes was done by using the blue selection handles and dragging your mouse. Even using Rulers and Guides this was a difficult task of precisely setting up Fluid Boxes of an exact size. I’m pleased to report that with Captivate 2019 you can select the Fluid Boxes to resize them to a precise number of pixels or percentage by selecting the Fluid Box and navigating over to your Position panel. From there you can type in a percentage or pixel count, and you’re done. This is useful when you have a Fluid Box that serves the same purpose on many different slides in your project. For example, a Fluid Box dedicated to slide titles or navigation controls.
Another improvement that we’ve been asking for is the ability to correct for misaligned or improperly distributed objects within a fluid box, or for that matter wrongly distributed fluid boxes within a parent fluid box. Adobe has provided a simple button to distribute these object equally. This works well when I’ve resized something by accident.
I think my favourite improvement to fluid boxes in Captivate 2019 is the ability to align Static Fluid Boxes. Regular Fluid Boxes are great when your content is side by side. However, if you need your content to overlap, or require additional state objects, you need a Static Fluid Box. As we now know, Static Fluid Boxes have to maintain their aspect ratio. This means that as you shrink from one screen size to another, the content in a Static Fluid Box always shrinks with it. In Captivate 2017 the Static Fluid Box would always remain centered within the area for that Fluid Box. It wasn’t always what I had in mind with my design. Fortunately, with Captivate 2019 you can now choose a custom alignment for Static fluid boxes. You can align the Static Fluid Box any number of ways both horizontally and vertically.
This next improvement isn’t an improvement to fluid boxes, but I sure could have used it earlier this year when designing a series of modules for a client whose target device was iPads. This organisation doesn’t use computers, but each location has several iPads for a variety of purposes including training. No problem for me because I have an iPad. There was just one problem. Every time I wanted to test a version of one of the modules, I needed to publish it for HTML5, upload the published course to my web server, email myself the URL so I could pick it up on my iPad and then launch the course. With all the iterations of each module and a total of about two dozen modules, this was time-consuming. Thankfully now I will have access to Live Preview on Devices, a new preview method in Captivate 2019 that displays a QR code on your computer screen. With a mobile device on the same Wi-Fi network as your computer, you point your camera at your screen, and the course magically launches on your device.
I know that some eLearning designer-developers downplay the importance of responsive design, but look around at some of the remote workers and see what equipment they are using. In the early 2000s when the price of laptops came down, we started seeing remote workers using laptops. For example, you might see appliance repair persons, telecom installers and various others using laptops for managing what was traditionally done with pen, paper and clipboards. I’ve been observing these workers using a variety of different tablets and in some cases even larger smartphones. I’ve also seen a restaurant using tablets for the servers to take guest orders. This tells me that responsive design will be the way we all design some day. I predict that if in 5 years time if you’re not designing responsive elearning, you will not have a competitive edge. When you look at the improvements to fluid boxes in Captivate 2019, it is clear that Adobe is preparing for that eventuality.
New Features for Experiential Learning
As you start to work with the new features in Adobe Captivate 2019, you start to see a theme with many of the features. For me, that theme is experiential learning. Of course, some of you would argue that you cannot have experiential eLearning. eLearning isn’t close enough to real life. While we may not be able to immerse learners entirely in reality, this version of Captivate takes a few big steps toward that direction.
For a few years, I’ve been listening to other Captivate developers talk about virtual reality and the dream to design 3D eLearning. That dream is now a reality with Captivate 2019. You can now create a virtual reality eLearning project that learners can view on their computer screen, mobile device and even using a VR headset. Learners can turn in all directions and view whatever environment you wish to display to them. You can make it truly interactive by adding hotspots to perform a variety of different actions. You can play additional audio, display additional images, show the learner a text passage and much more. I’m very interested in seeing how other developers use this feature. If eLearning was a video game, we’ve just gone from Donkey Kong to World of Warcraft.
VR is cool, and everything but I predict that the breakthrough feature of Adobe Captivate 2019 will be the new Interactive Video feature. An interactive video gives you the ability to design video-based learning interactions for your learners that are truly engaging and immersive. You can insert bookmarks on the video timeline and jump to those bookmarks from anywhere in your eLearning project. You can also add overlay slides that will hover over the paused video for learners to gain additional information. You can also add question slides as overlays. You can have the outcome of the question determine where you navigate your learners to depending on how they answer. So for example, if the learner gets a question wrong you can navigate to a portion of the video where the video instructor provides remediation to the learner, or alternatively offer praise to the learner for getting the answer correct.
I’m really excited to not only see what other developers will use these features for, but I’m excited to start telling my clients about what we can now do in eLearning that we couldn’t do today. I’d love to hear what your ideas are. Feel free to put your own suggestions in the comments below and please share this article with your fellow eLearning designer-developers.
Virtual Reality Projects
In this video tutorial, I show you the new Virtual Reality Projects in Adobe Captivate 2019.
In this video tutorial, I show you what I predict will be the standout feature of Adobe Captivate 2019, Interactive Video. I will show you how to add overlay slides to your videos, and interactive items like knowledge check questions. In addition, you will be able to easily add really cool remediation to your interactive videos.
In this video tutorial, I will show you the changes in the Insert Video window in Captivate 2019. You will also learn about the new way to insert YouTube videos into your eLearning project and how to make YouTube videos interactive.
Live Preview on Devices
Before Captivate 2019, if I wanted to preview my designs on a mobile device, I had to publish the whole project, upload it to my web server, email myself a hyperlink and then launch the course from my mobile device. In this video tutorial, I show you how easy it is to do the same thing just by using a simple QR Code reader in iOS or Android devices. No web server required.
Webcam Video Demo
In this video tutorial, I show you how you can record and insert clips from your webcam into your video demo tutorials recorded in Adobe Captivate 2018 Release.
Enhanced Fluid Boxes
In this video tutorial, I show you how fluid boxes have been enhanced and improved in Adobe Captivate 2019 Release
CSV Import for Questions
In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how easy it is to import a variety of question types into your Adobe Captivate project using CSV files that you can edit or create using spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers.
PowerPoint in Responsive Projects
In this video tutorial, I show you the new ability to import PowerPoint slides into your Adobe Captivate 2019 responsive design project. I probably won’t use this feature, but I see the value in having this feature available to new Captivate users.