Attending the Adobe eLearning Conference on March 13?

It’s free! And there are lots of awesome speakers joining us in Washington DC!

There are two tracks on e-learning development and three more tracks on enterprise learning, multimedia training and virtual learning. You can check out the full session catalog here. My 2:30PM session is about increasing engagement through social learning, user generated content, and LMS gamification.

You can register for free. You can also register for the Adobe Captivate Specialist program on March 12 for a fee.

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Storyboarding in Adobe Captivate (2017 or Draft App) vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

Storyboarding in Adobe Captivate (2017 or Draft App) vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

Over the years we have watched Adobe Captivate evolve into one of the leading tools for developing rapid learning solutions.

However, it is still amazing that so many Adobe Captive users choose to storyboard their content in Microsoft PowerPoint.  Then import the PowerPoint presentation into Adobe Captivate.  Many times users experience issues with this process.

After importing their Microsoft PowerPoint presentation into Adobe Captivate (no matter which version), they experience issues with audio, syncing and updating slide changes, animations, graphics and the list goes on.  There are several examples of these issues posted throughout the Adobe Captivate Forum.   There is nothing against using Microsoft PowerPoint because it is a great tool and probably meets the needs of thousands every day.

Depending on whether your project content is provided by a client or one that is personal; you decide which application is best to use.

If you have the opportunity, try storyboarding that content in Adobe Captivate 2017 or even using the Adobe Captivate Draft App.   Using Adobe Captivate Draft App allows the user to rapidly storyboard, share that storyboard for review, import seamlessly into Adobe Captivate versions 9 and up and there are many more useful features available.

Now, it is understandable that we all have our preferences, but stay open to trying something new and different.  Change can be a good thing.

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What’s New in Adobe Captivate Prime

This week Adobe launched the latest updates to Adobe Captivate Prime LMS.  Prime updates are automatically rolled up on regular intervals and some of them add new features and functionality. This week’s update added several important new features.

  • GDPR – Purge Account(s)
  • Tag management
  • Email MS Outlook format calendar invites
  • Label customization
  • PowerBI integration
  • LinkedIn Learning Connector
  • Slack Bot for Prime

General Data Protection Regulation is a new standard for privacy protection adopted by nations in the European Union which becomes a legal requirement on May 25th. You’ll likely see all kinds of privacy updates related to this requirement in various online software. The most significant (read visible) requirement added here comes in the form of a new tool allowing administrators to completely delete / remove records for individual users. A Prime user can now request that their account data be removed, and administrators now have the power to purge individual user accounts / data.

Purge Confirmation Dialog

Tag management
Prime users can now edit the meta-tags associated with their learning content. This is a huge new functionality for learning administrators and content creators who want to formalize or control the search terms associated with their learning content. You can easily edit tags, combine tags, add tags into groups, and identify instantly the tags most used and find which courses use them. New functionality here also allows Adobe Captivate Prime admins to determine who can access and create tags. To explore the feature yourself, go to the new Tag panel in the Administrator App in Prime.

Tag Management Interface

Product Terminology Interface Image

Outlook Calendar Invitations
Now your calendar will automatically update thanks to Microsoft Outlook style calendar invitations that push directly to learner’s calendars. This replaces the previous standard *.ics files that would arrive as attachments and makes the experience much simpler from learner’s perspective.

Customizable Navigation Labels
If you always wanted to change the name of Learning Plans to ‘Automation’ in Adobe Captivate Prime, for example, now you can do that and more. The common labels used for the learners are now editable (at least in English) and you can set them fairly easily.  Just go to Admin: Settings: General and select ‘Product Terminology.’ Click edit and you’ll see a source file to download the terminology set as a *.csv file. You can edit it by simply replacing the singular and plural version of the term in the second column. Save your file and then upload it in the dialog provided to make the changes.

Customized label

PowerBI Integration
Microsoft PowerBI is a specialized data visualization solution for representing data in modern dashboards through graphs and other infographs. While Prime contains an internal set of reports that can display data in a series of dashboards and graphs, third party tools like Microsoft PowerBI can also be used to represent your data in ever-more useful and graphically rich ways. Now a connector has been added to Adobe Captivate Prime that will allow users to automatically integrate with Microsoft PowerBI and easily upgrade your reporting game. Find this new Connector in the Connectors panel in the Integration Admin panel.

LinkedIn Learning Connector
An additional new connector puts the power of LinkedIn Learning in your hands.  Leverage your LinkedIn Learning courses right inside of Adobe Captivate Prime, just like you do with and other learning libraries. Simply configure the new connector to automatically pull new courses, index them and make them searchable and fully integrated into your Adobe Captivate Prime learning experiences. Find this new Connector in the Connectors panel in the Integration Admin panel.

Slack App
Finally, a new Slack App is now available for Adobe Captivate Prime. You’ll find it in the Apps section under the Integration Admin: Featured Apps. The Slack App will allow you to insert a clever little Prime Bot into Slack channels. This will let people search for courses and learning programs, get recommendations, check status and much more, from right within the slack channel.


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Excited about Learning DevCamp and eLBx in Salt Lake City, Utah

Anyone else attending the Learning DevCamp and eLBX conference in Salt Lake City, Utah?

There are a lot of big name speakers and I use a lot of the eLearning Brothers templates and assets so I am super excited. The content is really centered on development and eLearning tools and I always learn lot of practical tips and suggestions.

There is more info on it at:

Let me know your thoughts or if there are other conferences going on that really help with Captivate Users?

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Announcing Adobe Captivate Specialist Certification

As a first time initiative, we are pleased to announce the launch of Adobe Captivate Specialist – a certification program from Adobe, set in an intense classroom training format followed by an online assessment, delivered by top Adobe Captivate experts. Successful completion of the course and assessment will help you earn a badge and certificate, which shall serve as an excellent professional medallion for you and truly endorse your expertise in Adobe Captivate. The badge and certificate which you can share in your social and professional networks will help boost your professional profile. By the end of the full-day session, you will have mastered all the major workflows in Adobe Captivate through hands-on learning with examples and demos.

The agenda will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Adobe Captivate 2017 release
  • Touring the Adobe Captivate interface
  • Building storyboards using Adobe Captivate Draft
  • Creating static and responsive courses in Adobe Captivate
  • Using themes and eLearning assets
  • Inserting interactive and non-interactive objects
  • Building custom animations and interactions
  • Using advanced actions and variables
  • Recording and editing simulations and video demos
  • Using Adobe Captivate with other applications, such as Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adding assessments and quizzes
  • Enabling Learning Management System (LMS) compliance and accessibility
  • Previewing and publishing the courses to an LMS


Seats are filling up fast – block your seat now. Register here.

The Adobe Captivate Specialist certification is being hosted at Washington, D.C, on April 24, alongside the 3rd Adobe eLearning Conference, on April 25.

If you haven’t registered for the Adobe eLearning Conference yet, this is your chance to register yourself. The agenda is already up. Attendance is complimentary! Limited seats remain, so hurry and register yourself.

Adobe Captivate Team

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Top 10 features of Adobe Captivate 2017 for Responsive eLearning development

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Adobe Captivate 2017 offers powerful capabilities to create fully responsive eLearning courses. What is notable is that there is no trade-off on visual punch or the learning experience.

In this blog, I summarise my pick of the top 10 key features of Adobe Captivate 2017. Additionally, I outline EI Design’s capability in pushing the envelope further on creating responsive eLearning courses through customisation on the tool. With these approaches we create a higher learner engagement and higher learnability.

Traditionally, the previous releases of Adobe Captivate were deemed suitable primarily for designing courses on Application Simulation.

Not anymore!

  • Besides fully responsive design capability, the wide range of authoring capabilities in Adobe Captivate 2017 enable you to handle all types of content to meet your diverse corporate training needs.
  • Not only this, it also enables you to make an effective migration of your legacy Captivate courses from non-mobile to mobile learning.
  • It also includes Adobe Captivate Draft, a tool for rapid storyboarding in PowerPoint, for a quick conversion to fully responsive mobile courses. This is a powerful feature that enables rapid development and create high impact mobile courses in relatively shorter time.

Top 10 features of Adobe Captivate 2017

Adobe Captivate 2017 is a power packed release that enables you to create fully responsive eLearning courses through its unique concept of “Fluid Boxes”. Let us explore this in particular, as I pick its Top 10 features.

For an easy reference, I have banded these features into two groups:

  1. Rapid development of completely responsive eLearning courses
  2. Value adds

Rapid development of completely responsive eLearning courses

1. Completely responsive design that is easy to develop

Adobe Captivate 2017 features the usage of “Fluid Box” concept. You can use the standard containers or draw your own variant. Once you place objects into the Fluid Box, they get aligned to offer a completely responsive design. This then works seamlessly across devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktops) and across different browsers.

2. Responsive text

This is another time-saving development feature in Adobe Captivate 2017, particularly for the eLearning courses that are content heavy. It automatically aligns long paragraphs to a couple of lines and provides the flexibility for learners to click and read the balance.

3. Multidevice responsive eLearning authoring 

Yet another great feature in Adobe Captivate 2017, that enables a preview to see how the content will appear across devices. A tremendous time saver, it enables you to validate the learning experience as you build it.

Value adds

4. Screen capture for Applications simulations or Software simulations

Captivate tool has been noted for its strength in capturing Application simulations (App Sims or Software simulations). Captivate 2017 builds on this major strength to offer the flexibility of completely responsive designs through a single screen capture.

5. Automatic text to speech conversion

A significant feature of Adobe Captivate 2017 is the automatic functionality to convert text to speechThis feature enables you to change the text (inevitable during reviews) and get the updated audio at the click of a button.

6. Adobe Typekit integration

With this feature, you can create a custom cloud-based kit of the font families that you are using. This ensures that the users will be able to view the content exactly as designed across devices and browsers.

7. Adobe StockFree eLearning assets

Through this feature of Adobe Captivate 2017, you can pick ideas and assets from Adobe Stock and library that consists of 75,000+ free eLearning assets. These include the typical building blocks that you may need (including images, interactivities, scenarios and games). The access to these assets can reduce your development time significantly.

8. Rapid Storyboarding through Adobe Captivate Draft (currently available only for iPad)

As an Instructional Designer, you will love this feature as it allows you:

  • Rapid storyboarding
  • Collaborative review
  • Real-time preview

This is not all, with Adobe Captivate 2017, you have the flexibility to handle and manipulate content, questions and even aspects like branching in a rapid development mode.

9. PowerPoint and Adobe Captivate projects sync

On a related note, you can also import content from the existing PowerPoint decks and as you update; you can retain the sync with the eLearning project.

10. Automigrate from nonmobile to mobile

Another useful feature is to bring in legacy non-mobile Adobe Captivate projects and convert them into mobile courses with ease.

What more can be done with Adobe Captivate 2017?

At EI Design, our core expertise is in creative innovative learning solution design. Over the last 16 years, we have pushed the envelope on an authoring tool’s core capability and achieved magic through customisation.

These customisations have helped us create:

  • Sticky learning experiences
  • Higher learner engagement
  • Higher learnability

Here are 5 features for Adobe Captivate 2017 that have been customised by us (these are not available by default):

  1. Role Selection and Avatar SelectionCaptivate - Role Selection
  2. Custom Visual Menu
    Captivate - Visual Menu
  3. Gamification elements like Badges and Trophies
    Captivate - Gamification
  4. Gamified assessment
    Captivate - Gamified Assessment
  5. Custom JavaScript enabled template (to enhance the impact and learner engagement of standard templates)

This screen featuring Drag and Drop interaction is a variant on the default template available with Adobe Captivate. We have:

  • Used custom JavaScript to form four quadrants and smooth animation as learners drop the option on quadrants.
  • Added a timer functionality to engage the learner.

Captivate - Custom Screen


I hope this blog helps you understand the power of the key features of Adobe Captivate 2017 and how it can help you create eLearning courses more efficiently.

At EI Design, we have a deep expertise on the tool and you can reach out to us to see what more can be achieved through customisation. If you have any specific queries, do contact me.

Need More?

Want more insights on how you can use Adobe Captivate 2017 to enhance the impact of your corporate training? Schedule a call with our Solutions Architecting Team.


Adicionando cores a paleta de cores do Captivate 2017

Quando temos um projeto e necessitamos aplicar as mesmas cores em Formas, nos perguntamos, como colocar esta cor especifica na paleta de cores.

Vou mostrar neste tutorial, como criar e adicionar cores a sua paleta ou trazer de outros softwares como Adobe Illustrator ou Photoshop e atribuir no Adobe Captivate 2017.

Primeiro vamos ao menu Janela > Gerenciador de Amostras como mostra a imagem a seguir.

Sem Título-1a

Assim que aberto o painel Gerenciamento de Cores, teremos opções para carregar uma paleta externa ou salvar uma nova paleta, vejamos a imagem a seguir:

Sem Título-2     Sem Título-salvar

Obs.: Caso queira poderá neste momento carregar paletas de outro software como Adobe Illustrator, basta escolher paletas com extensão .ASE

Para adicionar um valor RGB ou hexadecimal a paleta, basta clicar sobre o ícone Escolher Cor, vejamos a imagem a seguir:

Sem Título-escolher_cor

A seguir, teremos o painel seletor de cores ou poderemos ajustar pelos valores em HSB, RGB e Hexadecimal, caso não entenda os padrões de cores, pesquise por tabela de cores HSB e RGB.

Caso queira um cor especifica exemplo, cor de alguma imagem, basta utilizar o conta gotas.

Sem Título-seletor

Assim que definida a cor, basta adicionar um nome e clicar em Ok para finalizar.

nome da cor

Até o próximo tutorial.

Fabio Oliveira (Fojool)

Adobe named to 2017 Best of Elearning! Hall of Fame

Adobe Captivate Hall of Fame 2017

Drumroll, please! Adobe has been inducted to the 2017 Best of Elearning! Hall of Fame, in the very first edition of this honor. Established thirteen years ago by the Elearning! magazine, the Best of Elearning! Awards felicitate the creators of outstanding solutions. The Hall of Fame honor was added this year to recognize a brand’s continued contribution towards eLearning. Adobe Captivate, the flagship eLearning authoring tool from Adobe, has been the torchbearer in helping Adobe win the award 13 times – since 2005 – for a range of eLearning solutions.

What lies behind the exceptional track record of Adobe Captivate? How does Adobe consistently anticipate learning requirements, provide futuristic solutions, and exceed customer expectations? These were some of the questions posed to Priyank Shrivastava, Director of Marketing, Adobe, in an interview with the editors of the Elearning! Magazine. Shrivastava gives credit to the “culture of innovation and customer centricity.” He goes on to say that the brand continues to lead the category as the product teams are always clued in to customers’ pain points and work hand-in-hand with the L&D teams of customer organizations to design solutions that address their problems.

Shrivastava also points out: “Our product roadmap constantly reflects changing behavioral trends among both eLearning authors/designers as well as learners.” Adobe entered the world of mobile learning when it was still in its infancy, with the goal of empowering authors to provide awesome experiences to learners – on the devices of their choice – with minimum additional effort. Some of the industry-first features in Adobe Captivate (2017 release) that demonstrate this philosophy are:

  • Fluid Boxes – for creating fully responsive courses without any programming
  • Automatic transformation of desktop-only courses to responsive modules
  • Adobe Typekit integration – to create visually stunning courses using a full library of fonts

Success brings humility and Adobe Captivate is not resting on its laurels. Adobe continues to develop solutions that leverage the latest technologies to facilitate innovative and immersive forms of learning – continuously making it easier for authors to design and for learners to consume anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Read more about the induction of Adobe to the Best of ELearning! Hall of Fame:

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