WEBINARS – #SmarteLearning with the 2017 Release of Adobe Captivate

Experience the world of #SmarteLearning with Adobe Captivate (2017 Release). Learn all the tips and tricks from the industry experts to unleash unmatched creativity and productivity.

1. Getting Started with Responsive eLearning using Fluid Boxes in Adobe Captivate (2017 release)

2. Advanced Tips and Tricks to create Responsive Projects in Adobe Captivate (2017 Release)


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.

Source: https://www.eidesign.net/top-10-features-adobe-captivate-2017-responsive-elearning-development/

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I made a few textual changes in my eLearning and now my slides automatically go to the next slide at the end.

Before my slides would stop and when I click on the next button in the playbar, it started the next slide. No clue why this function now is not working any more. Online I read about creating extra buttons, but I don’t want that. It worked with the normal play bar functions and after my changes in the text it now is not working any more.

Does anybody know what might be causing this issue? I’m using the latest Captivate version

WEBINAR – Adobe Captivate 2017 for Beginners – Feb 7th!

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When: Wednesday 7 February 11am-12pm (AEDT)

Duration: 60 Minutes

Are you using Adobe Captivate for the first time? Wondering where to start?

Adobe Captivate for Beginners is the first of a series of hands-on webinars we’ll be running regularly this year to help everyone learn the basics of designing and developing eLearning using Adobe Captivate, with each webinar led by John Stericker, our Adobe-certified Captivate Expert and Instructor.

With an understanding of your skills and interests, we’ll take a practical approach to learning, spending time on the parts that are most important to attendees and sharing tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years. Post-webinar we’ll also share a free Adobe Captivate shortcuts reference guide with all attendees.

So click to register and we look forward to meeting you on February 7th!

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Captivate Can’t Open a File?

Hi all.

I’m having trouble opening a file in Captivate 9, which someone has shared with me.

They have shared it with me via sharepoint, which means I get an email with a link to click on. This is a client of mine and I’ve never had issues opening shared Captivate 9 files before. Below is a screen capture of the message i get.

Adobe Captivate Error Message

I’ve done some research online and have seen posts with steps on how to fix it, but because this is a file, which has been shared with me, I can’t do most of the suggestions.

Has anyone come across this and was able to fix it?

10+ Hacks with Captivate & the Creative Cloud Intro

Happy New Year everyone!

I posted a discussion in December about a new Blog I will be creating called “10+ Hacks with Captivate and the Adobe Creative Cloud” based on a talk I gave at the Adobe Learning Summit where I was invited to speak in Las Vegas, 2017.

I plan on making 10++ short videos using the Captivate with the Creative Cloud to enhance your eLearning projects, speed up workflow, increase productivity. I am getting ready to start production, and This here… is the Intro and Outro animations I created using Photoshop & After Effects that will be the beginning and end of every video! I really love After Effects!

What do you think?


Designing Well-Framed Assessment Questions with Captivate

learn-targetThe ability to ask questions is critical to learning. Well-framed questions elicit answers that further understanding and dialogue; however, learning to ask the right questions is a difficult skill to develop.

In this article, you will explore:

  • General principles of identifying teaching points within publications.
  • Methods for generating significant questions from short documents.
  • Designing engaging Captivate questions

General Guidelines

  • Each question set should address just one topic, guideline or technique and should not exceed 5-8 questions.
  • If a guideline or opinion is short, two documents on the same subject should be combined to develop the required number of questions.
  • Where possible support technical or clinical concepts using questions focusing on basics.
  • Use the appropriate scoring options for the type of question being designed.
    • Points can be awarded when all the correct answers and none of the distractors are selected. In other words, the learner needs to get all the right answers to be awarded any points. This type of scoring should be used when it is important to evaluate that your learner knows all of the answers and not just some of the answers.
    • Partial points can be awarded for each correct answer and none of the distractors. In other words, each correct answer will add to a total score, however selecting a wrong answer has no impact on that score. You might use this type of scoring when the information is less critical and knowing some of the answers is still useful.
    • Partial points can be awarded for each correct answer and a penalty for selecting a distractor. In other words, each correct answer adds to the total and a distractor will subtract from that total. This is useful when knowing some of the information is valuable but accuracy is important. The education committee has recommended that this scoring type be used with multiple answer questions.Penalty points would be assigned by:
      1. Checking “Partial Score” in the Quiz panel for the question
      2. Next, select an answer
      3. Click on the Properties panel
      4. Then click the [Options] button
      5. Enter a positive value for correct answers and negative value for distractors (incorrect answers)
        • Note: partial scoring for drag and drop questions can only be done with advanced action scripts

Providing Question Feedback

  • Where appropriate, provide feedback that not only explains the answer, but builds upon that explanation.  For example, defining how to measure an increased abdominal circumference may be very helpful for the clinician.  I am also in favor of remarks that may increase retention e.g.: holding a breath does not give an accurate measurement.
  • If narrative for question feedback is pulled directly from a published document it should be properly citied in the body of the feedback.
    • If the narrative provided in the question feedback contains reference numbers, carry the numbers forward in the feedback narrative.
    • If the reference document is a pdf or can be converted to a pdf, then question slides should provide an option for the learner to review feedback in context. Ideally, the learner should be taken directly to the page or paragraph in question. Note: links to bookmarks do not work from a URL, but links to specific pages by number or destination will always work if the learner’s browser uses Adobe Reader as plugin for viewing PDF files or the reader app is loaded on their device.
      • To add an external link:
        1. Select the text on the slide that will be used for the link.
        2. Click on the link icon in the Properties panel. The Link To popup window will be displayed.
        3. Assure that Web Page is selected in the type field.
        4. Paste the URL with the destination identifier associated with the question in the Location field.
          1. Accessing a PDF by a specific page number by using: http://www.domain.com/file.pdf#page=3
          2. Accessing a PDF by a destination identifier by using: http://www.domain.com/fileName.pdf#nameddest=destinationID
        5. Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the Location field and select New. This selection will open the guideline PDF in a new browser window.
        6. Click the [OK] button to save the entries.
        7. Repeat steps 1-6 on each of the question slides.

Where possible provide URL for document referenced in the question feedback. This will allow the learner to explore topics in greater detail.

Question Design

Multiple Choice/Multiple Answer Question Type

Design Suggestions


  1. When possible, state the stem as a direct question rather than an incomplete statement.
  2. Present a definite, explicit and singular question or problem in the stem.
  3. Eliminate excessive verbiage or irrelevant information from the stem.
  4. Include in the stem any word(s) that might otherwise be repeated in each alternative.
  5. Use negatively stated stems sparingly. When used, bold and/or capitalize the negative word.
  6. Make all alternatives plausible and attractive to the less knowledgeable learner.
  7. Make the alternatives mutually exclusive.
  8. Make alternatives approximately equal in length.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use at least four alternatives for each item to lower the probability of guessing.
  • Randomly distribute the correct response among the alternative positions throughout the question set.
  • Avoid irrelevant clues such as grammatical structure, well known verbal associations of simplistic connections between stem and answer.
  • When possible, present alternatives in some logical order (e.g., chorological, most to least, alphabetical).
  • Use the alternatives “none of the above” and “all of the above” sparingly. When used, such alternatives should occasionally be used as the correct response.
  • Avoid “all of the above except”. The question type can be very confusing to the learner.
  • List alternatives on separate lines (rather than including the options as part of the stem) so that all options can be clearly distinguished.
  • Keep all alternatives in a similar format (i.e., all phrases, all sentences, etc.)
  • Try to make distractors for a question approximately the same length as the answer.
  • Multiple answer questions should have a maximum of three (3) correct responses. Use a matching, ordering or drag-and-drop question type if a question requires more than three correct selections.


Matching Question Type

Design Suggestions

  1. Provide directions which clearly state the basis for matching the stimuli and responses
  2. Use only items that share the same foundation of information.
  3. Avoid grammatical or other clues to the correct response.
  4. The column of stimuli should set the question clearly.

Tips and Tricks

  • Keep matching items brief, limiting the list of stimuli to 10 or less.
  • When possible, reduce the amount of reading time by including only short phrases or single words in the response list.
  • Use more involved expressions in the stem and keep the responses short and simple.
  • Arrange the list of responses in some systematic order if possible (chronological, alphabetical, etc.)
  • Make sure that there are never multiple correct responses for one stem (although a response may be used as the correct answer for more than one stem).


Drag-and-drop, Matching, and Ordering Question types

Design Suggestions

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  1. Provide a clear set of instructions.
    • Can each item in one column be matched with only one item from the other column? Can an item be matched with multiple items? Will all items by matched, or will some items go unmatched?
    •  Is there an order of operation to the items in the drag-and-drop activity?
  2. Question stem should include all information needed to answer the question.
  3. Question stems should only address one topic or concept.
  4. Answers and distractor should be clearly right or wrong.
  5. All alternatives should be related.
  6. Use only items that share the same foundation of information.

Tips and Tricks

  • Keep matching items brief, limiting the list of stimuli to six or less.
  • Use more involved expressions in the stem and keep the responses short and simple.
  • Arrange the list of responses in some systematic order if possible (chronological, alphabetical, etc.)
  • Try to make distractors for a question approximately the same length as the answer.

Where possible, more responses should be provided than premises, so the remaining responses don’t work as hints to the correct answer.



Good questions can identify areas of deficiency and areas in need of further learning.
Each item should

  • focus on one important concept
  • clearly map to a learning objective for a course or guideline
  • assess higher order skills: comprehension, application, synthesis

You know it’s a good question if:

In general, a learner should be able to derive the correct answer by reading the stem and lead-in without seeing the option set.