What Makes a Good Laptop for Captivate?

Hi all,

I’m in need of a new laptop as mine is dying. Even crashed whilst on a skype call with a client recently. Great first impression.

 

I was wondering what makes Captivate happy for performance, and if any of you have recommendations on any models. Budget is up to £1,000, which is around $1,262.90, according to Google, as of today.

I would prefer a laptop over a desktop for portability and for taking it to meetings etc.

Thanks

Luke

Thoughts on HTML5 output and TTS

Hello everyone,

I would like to discuss some issues with HTML output.

I have a short demo project (Here is the link . The demo is about common resume mistakes). Since the project is text-heavy, I did not adapt it for smaller screens.

What I am struggling is that the output looks different depending on the browser.

Typical issues:

  • In certain browsers, the highlight box randomly changes its location. ( From my experience, the highlight box feature is buggy. Its position in a preview mode is always different from the actual position in a published project.)
  • In some browsers, the text can get cut- off.
  • The characters can get distorted. ( I am using Smart position, height, and weight in percentage as if it were a responsive project.)

I am familiar with basic HTML5 and CSS and understand why different browsers might display content differently. Just wondering if you can share any tips or best practices dealing with HTML 5 output.
I have another unrelated question. What is your opinion on TTS? Do you use it in your projects? I tried experimenting with the VTML tags, but still, I am not satisfied with the result. Do you use TTS for your projects?

Thank you

Anastasia

Webinar (LIVESTREAM) – Adobe Captivate Text to Speech

Monday, June 19th, 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
I will be reviewing the main features of the Text to Speech capabilities in Adobe Captivate. I will be using Captivate (2017 Release) for the demonstrations, however, most of these demonstrations will work with previous versions of Adobe Captivate going all the way back to Adobe Captivate 5.
Follow the link below to set yourself a reminder, or click the link when we are live to join it.
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Paul Wilson

Adobe Captivate & the eLearning Brothers: Free Matching Images and Videos

by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT

During the first day of my Adobe Captivate Beginner class, attendees learn how to import and work with both images and videos.

During the video portion of the class, we import a Flash Video (flv) which students love because without the background color in the video, it’s possible to include an animated guide throughout a lesson.

The problem with Flash Videos is that they can be difficult to create on your own and, worse, there isn’t a surplus of Flash Videos available on the web (free or otherwise). Even if you managed to find a video, it’s unlikely that it matches the other images you’ve already used in your project.

Fortunately, the eLearning Brothers have come to the rescue. You’ll find matching cutout people and videos. Best of all, the assets are free if you’ve got Adobe Captivate 9 or 2017.

To access the assets, from within a Captivate project, click Assets on the toolbar and then click Get Free eLearning Assets. If this is your first time accessing the assets, you’ll need to either login with your free eLearning Brothers account credentials or create an account.

Once you’re on the Assets page, click Cutout People. If you scroll down to the bottom of the available assets, you’ll see a category that you’ve likely overlooked on previous trips to the Assets area: Videos.
Here is where things get pretty awesome: I searched the assets for a character that I’ve used before: Melanie. Not only did I find my character posed in both business and casual attire, but there were videos as well. At first glance the videos looked similar to the images, but surely that was wishful thinking on my part.
After downloading the image I needed, I focused my attention on the videos. I quickly discovered, much to my delight, that Flash Video (flv) is one of the available download formats.
In the picture below you can see the image asset that I downloaded on the left; the downloaded Flash Video on the right. (Because Flash Videos do not have a background color, they works perfectly just about anywhere.) And how awesome is it that the image and video are of the same image and.. and… wearing the same clothes?
I swear it’s as if I spent a lot of money and/or invested a ton of time on this. (I mean, how much would it cost to hire the actor, get the pictures, create the video, and remove the backgrounds?) However, nothing could be farther from reality. Honestly I spent maybe five minutes grabbing both assets and adding them to my Captivate project. And I never even pulled out my credit card.
Thanks Adobe… and thanks eBros!
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Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP, is the founder and president of IconLogic and ICCOTP. Following a career in Public Affairs with the US Coast Guard and in private industry, Kevin has spent decades as a technical communicator, classroom and online trainer, public speaker, and has written hundreds of computer training books for adult learners. He has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide.

The Planet Captivate Blog – 2017 Initiatives

The Planet Captivate Blog

Hello, all!  In this installment I’d like to extend my blog beyond the screen and into the real world, and share a bit of what my company is doing to help better engage our learners during training and to help them retain what information is most relevant to their job, all while saving precious time.  And spoiler alert:  Most of what drives these initiatives is a direct testament to Adobe Captivate.

You can read about it in this short article I co-authored for Pharmacy Today (The text from the article is displayed below).

But what I’d really like to do is hear from all of you in the Community of the doors of opportunity Adobe Captivate has opened for you, or your company.  I look forward to reading your comments!

Until next time, Cadets, shoot for the stars and BE the YOND!

Adam

Something micro is brewing

Whether formal or informal, education and training are foundational blocks for an organization to provide employee onboarding and organizational development. Similar to other practice settings, specialty pharmacy is highly regulated, with training requirements stemming from the federal government, executed contracts, pursued accreditations, and company best practices. In addition, robust baseline and continuous clinical education efforts compensate for the minimal coverage of specialty pharmacy in college of pharmacy curriculums, as well as for the ever-changing landscape of specialty guidelines and products.

Over the past few years, one trend within this unique area of practice involves heightened operational demands coupled with additional training requirements. Ensuring that revenue-driven tasks are supported by training, and not overpowered, is an important differentiation to balance business needs with educational requirements. This challenges training departments to evaluate their current offerings and identify more innovative, efficient, and effective measures to roll out company-wide education.

Challenges

Consider the organizational implications of a live training session: the costs associated with the presenter’s time (preparation and execution), the attendee’s time, as well as loss of productivity when attendees are pulled away from daily tasks. Each of these factors plays a role in making a live session rather costly to the company. Another challenge, especially for pharmacies with several locations across the country, is ensuring these training sessions occur at an appropriate time for multiple time zones and that they are equipped with the proper technology for remote access. In fact, according to the Association for Talent Development’s State of the Industry 2017 webcast, over the past decade, the training industry has seen a steady decline in the amount of instructor-led classroom time.

Now, consider the amount of content that learners retain. Outside of attendance and feedback, insufficient data are collected on learning and information retention from live sessions. Some people believe that feedback surveys capture comprehension data; however, we disagree on the grounds that end-of-session feedback surveys trigger a learner’s reactions to a session, rather than measure true learning. Therefore, answering the question of how a training department ensures appropriate use of staff time, while collecting comprehension and retention analytics, remains challenging.

Solution

A busy practice setting such as a specialty pharmacy can offer innovative training solutions such as computer-based simulations and microlearning modules. Computer-based simulations present users with real-time, real-world replications of their daily tasks. These programs allow a company to gather learner data to help measure training effectiveness, retention, and engagement. Rather than giving employees a feedback survey at the end of a lecture, a simulation allows companies to test their employee’s knowledge of a topic and gather what was truly learned, not what employees felt they learned. An additional benefit of computer-based simulations is the ability to release a subsequent module to test performance a certain number of days after initial rollout. This technique can help companies identify employees who might need additional exposure to or practice with a given topic.

Microlearning is a global term used to describe training that is quick and to the point. Think of it as a billboard on the side of a highway, where you have about 10 seconds to learn meaningful information about a product, service, or company. Microlearning training programs provide focused training on a specific topic in time chunks that allow users to remain engaged. Furthermore, microlearning can amplify learner retention by implementing parameters of repetition, color schemes, and symbols.

When evaluating training format and type, employees often express that they take more pleasure in training that is short, concise, and interactive, rather than other traditional methods. By making courses more interactive, engaging, and concise, training departments can be successful in catering to the learning styles (i.e., visual, auditory, read/write, kinesthetic) of their targeted audience and allow for additional time to focus on their main objective: providing patient care.

Organizational impact

An example of how a pharmacy organization might implement these proposed training solutions is through an annual, required course. Some required training courses are wholly regulated in content but often allow creative freedom in both style choice and delivery method. By using the principles of microlearning, a company can create effective training that takes less time and ultimately allows more time to focus on patients. Multiply that time saved by an entire organization’s workforce, and hundreds of productivity hours could be gained upon implementation!

As the year continues, we challenge you to evaluate your organization’s current educational offerings. Perhaps including computer-based simulations or microlearning can benefit and streamline your organization’s training efforts.

Adam Beardslee, CPhT, corporate trainer; and Stephanie LaPointe, PharmD, manager, education and training, Diplomat, Flint, MI

 

Hiding the Next button until all tasks are done. What are your thoughts?

A lot of the interactions I make at work are based on not allowing users to continue until all of the interactions on a slide have been completed. 

An exmaple could be there are four buttons, which need to be clicked so they show all of the popups, and then the next button will appear. 

I’ve heard from videos online that there are mixed views on this approach and am interested to hear what are your thoughts. I know from a usability point of view, it breaks one of the heuristics, which is to give freedom to users with navigation, but it comes up so often with what I do day-to-day. 

Really interested to hear your thoughts.

Luke

 

Criando campo de texto com validação e atribuindo variável – Parte 2

Nesta segunda parte de como criar um campo de texto, vou ensinar a bloquear o campo para que as pessoas não passem para o proximo slide com um nome vazio.

Iremos bloquear utilizando Ações Avançadas e Variaveis é bem interessante quando começamos a travar ou criar uma maior interatividade em nossos projetos educacionais, fazendo com que as pessoas se engajem, participem mais e não ficar apenas pulando slide por slide.

Abraços.

Fabio Oliveira

Captivate Quick Tips #5 – Shortcuts

Shortcuts are a great way to speed up your development and when you get to know the main ones you can use in your day-to-day work, it will make a huge difference in your workflow.

I found this link, https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/shortcut-keys.html, which has all of the shortcuts for Adobe Captivate and seems to work on different versions (tested on version 8 and 2017). I’m still going through all of them and if there’s anything that doesn’t work, I’ll let you know.

I’m using shortcuts more and more in my work and here are some of my favourites so far:

Control+Shift+C — This is for creating a new text caption.

Control+C — This is for copying

Control+V — This is for pasting

Control+D — This is for duplicating

Control+Alt+T — Show or hide the timeline

Control+Shift+V — Insert video

Control+Shift M –Insert Image

Control+W — Closing your current project

I noticed the insert video and insert image shortcuts weren’t correct on the link as you need to press Control+Shift+V or M.

These are just a few I’ve gotten to know really well through practice and I’m building them up more as I go.

Would love to hear what your favourite ones are.

Thanks

Luke

Captivate Quick Tips #4 – Tidying Up Your Library

We’ve all been there.

Our courses have dozens of images, animations, videos and other assets, which takes its toll on our computer’s performance and Captivate starts to struggle working

One way to get rid of assets no longer needed, you can cleanup your library, which will help speed up your computer during development.

Step 1 – Opening The Library

To open your libary, find the ‘Window’ menu on the top of the screen and select ‘Library’.

Your Library should now have appeared in the right hand side of your screen and a button will also appear labeled ‘Library’. This will be next to the ‘Propoerties’ button.

Screenshot showing the 'Windows' menu in Adobe Captivate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2 – Clean Up Your Library

With your library now open, place your cursor inside it and right click.

You should see a menu by your courser and an option called ‘Select Unused Items’

With your unused clicked, now press the delete key on your keyboard.

A screenshot showing the Library in Adobe Captivate 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This can make a huge difference for your computer’s performance and help stop Captivate from crashing.
Hope this helps.
Luke