Adobe Captivate 2019 released – A Quick Review on All New Features

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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.

  1. 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.
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  2. 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.
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  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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.
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  7. 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.
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  8. 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.
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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.
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  11. 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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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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Adobe Captivate 2019 release

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.

Interactive Video

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.

YouTube Streaming

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.

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Captivate 2019 – All the Ways to Get it

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Unable to update Captivate

In a corporate setting. I am attempting to update Captivate and I am receiving the following error message.

“Update Failed Updates could not be applied”

And when I look in the error log to find more info I see the following

“Adobe Captivate 2017 Update 1
Update is not applicable. Error Code: U44M1P28”

Can someone tell me what this means? My version is something like 10.0.3 or something like that. This version definitely seems like an upgrade and according to the notes will resolve an error that I am experiencing. I have attempted to manually update Captivate and receive the same error message although it doesn’t go through the entire process of downloading and installing before I receive that error.

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What’s new in Adobe Captivate 9.0.1

We’ve just released a free update for Adobe Captivate 9 with some new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. To get the new update, open Adobe Captivate 9, and click Help > Updates and install the new update. Once the update is installed, your new Captivate version will be Here are the detailed installation instructions. Now let’s […]