One year with Captivate !…

Hello Captivaters !…

It’s been a year now that I’m using Captivate nearly every day !…

And I already made more than 100 of great activities !… (I had to convert in html5 all that I’ve done in Flash…)

Today I want to share with you all these activities. It concerns the basic learnings of the first year in primary school. You can find them here :

Sorry it’s in french !…

(Special thanks to :

Lieve Weymeis

Lilybiri –


Paul Wilson –

And all the helpers on the Captivate Forum !…)

I wish for all of you a great and happy new year !…

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Interactive Video Captivate 2019 Already a Gamechanger

Adobe Captivate 2019 is a game changer for those of us who do a lot of video in our elearning courses. I have been using video extensively since 2011 for role play, content presentation and questions based on video content presented.

The simplified interactive video work flow using overlay slides and bookmarks, gives you the ability to enhance the video presented with additional content and question slides.

With the new approach to interactive video in Captivate 2019, how I work with video has changed dramatically.

Here’s how it used to work.

The original video workflow was to add object video and rely on the learner to use the video controls to start and stop the video content. There really was no way to stop video playback to introduce additional slide content or question slides. This was generally done after the video was viewed.

The workflow changed with slide video and the edit video timing tool. You could place a video on a slide and use the edit video timing tool to break the video content into clips on different slides. You could then add content slides and questions slides in between the video segment slides. On failure last attempt in question slides you could send the learner back to video segment slides for remediation using jump to slide or go back to a frame on a given slide with advanced actions. This was time consuming and required extensive knowledge of advanced actions and micro navigation based on frame count. And the actual video play back suffered because of the load time on each slide, with the loading spinner, breaking the continuity of the presentation.

Now with Captivate 2019.

The new work flow for interactive video in Captivate 2019 changes all that by placing a video on a single slide.
Using overlay markers along the slide timeline / video to display pop up content and question slides on top of the paused video. You can change the opacity of the slide to create an interesting visual effect. Remediation is much easier by using the failure – last attempt in a question slide to jump to a labelled bookmark on the slide / video timeline (reminds me of the frame label concept in Animate / Flash.)

The benefit to the learner — a much cleaner user experience and fluid presentation of the video with pop up content slides adding additional information and questions to engage the learner on the content presented.

If you have already tried interactive video, you may be getting the positive feedback that I have received with a new course just developed. This feature has had immediate impact on course presentation.

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A brief fun trip into the world of 360 learning.

Something that has got me really excited is the new 360 features in Adobe Captivate. I am excited because it now offers me the opportunity to offer hands-on experiences for trainees using their immediate work environment. Raising five kids, coaching 2 soccer teams and being the only instructional designer/developer in our organization I don’t have much time available to play as much as I would like. Last night I sat down and put together a fun little 360 project in a couple of hours. This is just a sample where I was testing out the software and what some of the options were.

I decided to start my project as a “Blank Project” as I initially had an issue with not being able to create an introduction slide when I started the project as a Virtual Reality Project.

Starting as a “Blank Project” let me put in a front and back page to the project.

Once opened I created 3 pages, with the second page being a 360 slide.

One thing I discovered was to import a 360 image you must use the add 360 image/video button to correctly import your image.

I initially tried to drag and drop the image in and that just messed everything up on the page. I deleted the page and started again.

Once I had my image in I was able to navigate around it fairly easily with my mouse.

Now it was time to add hotspots. I tried a variety and saw there is a great deal of potential with them. Creating a hotspot was fairly easy.

Simply choose your hotspot and position it on the image.

I also chose to make this demo exploratory which gives the user the option to move around the image themselves. I believe guided takes the user through in a sequence, both of which could have worked for this project.

I did find that the angle you are looking at the image when you place the hotspot tended to influence how it showed up in the image. A 360 image is created in the shape of a sphere with your point of view in the center. If you are facing south for example then when you place your hotspot image it will tend to follow the orientation of the sphere facing south. If you put it above the horizon line in your image the hotspot will display slightly angled down towards the center. Just something to be aware of as you design.

I had a lot of fun playing with this and it is by no means polished. It was simply my raw attempt, in a short amount of time, exploring the tools and having some fun. As I find more time I will polish it up and add sound effects. I will also probably need to add a comment about how to navigate with a mouse around a 360 image as I am aware there are people who have never done that before.

One last thing I will suggest is to make sure your dimensions for any inserted media are appropriate for your project.

I have attached the project here in this post and included a link to my site that you can try out the demo for yourself.


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About the Adobe Learning Summit in October 3rd – 4th, 2018

The Adobe Learning Summit is fast approaching in October.  However, there’s more information needed and would be helpful to know prior to the summit.

Question:  Other than Adobe Captivate 2019, what Adobe Creative Cloud Suite applications need to be downloaded prior to attending the Adobe Learning Summit in October 3rd – 4th, 2018 for the Adobe Captivate Specialist Certifications?

That’s the question .  The information would be beneficial to know.

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Quiz attempts

Hi Everybody,

I’m working on an eLearning that will have a quiz at the end. The user should be able to finish all 10 question. If the user doesn’t score enough points, it should be able to start the quiz again and after that they have another attempt. I set the attempts, but it checks the attempts per slide. So you have the attempts immediately on the slide but I want them to run the quiz completely and than have the option to do the quiz again.

The eLearning will go into Moodle and also here I can set attempts. My question is, if it is possible to have the user do the quiz and at the end have the option to do the quiz again and after 3 attempts, they should not be able to do the quiz any more.

The client also likes to mix questions. So 5 questions will always be the same and the other 5 will be selected out of 30 questions. So with every attempt 5 of the 10 questions should be different.
What would be the best way to set this up? Or should I have Moodle take care of this?

Thanks in advance (i’m running the latest version of Captivate)

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Leveraging Acrobat DC and Captivate 2017 to Enhance Self-directed Learning Opportunities


This past year I was presented with a very interesting design challenge. The challenge was to develop a guided interactive course that could be used in conjunction with anatomical simulators under the following conditions:

  • Product must be device agnostic
  • Project stakeholders globally dispersed
  • Interactive
  • Allows for self-directed learning
  • Can be used internationally
  • Usable in areas of the world with limited bandwidth
  • Once developed, relatively easy to modify by the client company

After some research and a great deal of thought a decision was made to develop an interactive PDF using Adobe Acrobat DC and Captivate, and to create a supplemental iBook to address the shortcomings in Acrobat DC reader for Apple mobile devices. All three development products are currently being used by the client’s education team to a limited degree, and with some transition training and support they should be able to maintain the final products.

Design and Development

The product design team consisted of a content developer, subject matter expert and a narrative editor.  The development cycle spanned six months which were divided into seven cycles:

  1. Data gathering – development of scripts, storyboards, quiz questions, and clinic cases
  2. Alpha product development – creation of iBook, associated widgets and captivate interactives
  3. Beta product development – revisions to iBook and creation of interactive PDF book
  4. User testing – iBook and PDF products demonstrated at the client’s annual conference and used as a resource in conference simulator workshops
  5. Product Enhancements – incorporate simulator software updates, create a supporting course in the learning management system, and produce production versions of the iBook and interactive PDF
  6. Delivery channel Implementation – work with client on creation of content delivery through their online store, and migration of iBook to the App store
  7. Support Team Training and Handoff – provide client with file masters and train the in-house team on product modification

Below are details for selected aspects of the project development.

Data Gathering

For this project I was fortunate to have a subject matter expert (SME) with a vested interest in the subject being taught with this project, is a well-known expert in the field, has taught in medical school for more than 20 years, and was a consultant on the simulator design.

Given the SMEs interest and expertise I charged him with the developing the initial draft of the learning content and worked with other experts in the content area on the development of micro-videos for some of the more difficult aspects of topic. While the experts worked on their contributions to the project, I gathered images, developed the storyboards and strawman design for the books and interactives. The SME used Word to develop his content, the other experts were give a copy of Camtasia 3 to record their videos (product is inexpensive and has a very small learning curve), and I used Captivate Draft for the strawman interactives and iBook for the book design strawman.  Simulator images were gathered from the product designers, micro videos were created by experts in the field, and general content images were acquired from a subscription-based royalty-free photo service.

A month into the development cycle Word documents developed by the SME were gathered revised to address multiple learning modalities as well as, digital learning needs and opportunities. The revised document was sent back to the SME for review and comment, and a follow-up conference call scheduled to discuss the materials and review design strawman.  After several conference calls with project stakeholders and a number of tweaks to the scripts an agreement was reached on the content design.

Product Development

During the alpha phase micro videos were created from teaching videos provided by experts in the field, assessment templates were created from Captivate Draft storyboards, and Word-based content documents where imported into Illustrator for page layout. Upon completion all design elements were provided to the SME and simulator team for review and comment.

Once approved the project design elements, assessment modules, articles and videos were used to create some interactive PDF workshop materials, learner workbook, an iBook and content specific online course.

PDF Design

The following screen shots were taken from the beta version of PDF document. Key elements are highlighted on the images, and where appropriate links to tutorials for how the elements were added to a PDF are provided.

Tutorial for adding hyperlinks, page numbers and watermarks to pdf books

Tutorial for editing text and images in pdf books

Tutorial for adding multimedia to a pdf

Tutorial for converting forms to fillable pdfs

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Adobe Captivate – Final Quiz Question Remediation

In this video tutorial, I show you how you can set up remediation for your final quiz questions. Remediation in eLearning is when a learner has exhausted their attempts and is returned to the portion of the training where this knowledge or skill was originally taught. Once they’ve gained the knowledge they will have the opportunity to return to that spot in the quiz, make another attempt, and hopefully be successful.

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California area – Meetup May 6-11, 2018

Hello everyone,

I will be attending ATD Conference, San Diego, which is happening between May 6-9, 2018. If you are attending this conference, please stop by the Adobe Booth; it will be great to catch up in person!
We would like to hear your thoughts and suggestions for Adobe Captivate and the eLearning Community.

If you are not attending the ATD conference, I am still available on May 10 and 11. Please write to me if you are free around this time, and we can meet.

I’m also looking to interact with various Captivate user groups, or anyone who is managing or part of a user group.
For any questions/clarifications, please write to me –

It will be wonderful to meet you & hear your thoughts!

Product Manager

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Audio anomalies in HTML5 output

I am on a team with several Captivate 2017 users. We want to combine the slides from several Captivate files into one. We only output at HTML5 due to Flash being restricted on our LAN (and other reasons).

We found that when copy/pasting slides from one file into another, the audio gets modified. Some segments (not restricted to a single slide, often spanning more than one) get cut out and are replaced by the audio from a previous, unrelated project.

What can cause this? How do we avoid it?

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Adobe Captivate Foundations Course – Melbourne

When: 19 & 20 April

Where: TBC


Learning Plan’s face-to-face foundations training course will provide you with invaluable insight into the capabilities of Adobe Captivate 2017.

Over two days, you will learn how to create visually rich and highly interactive eLearning, and will have the chance to create your first interactive Adobe Captivate project.

Lead by John Stericker, our Certified Adobe Captivate Expert, you will trade ideas, pick up design tips, learn new skills and broaden your knowledge of Adobe Captivate as you learn from one of the best.

For more information on the course, click here.

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