I am a newbie in Adobe Captivate. Are there any resources to get me started?

Yes, there are.

The community portal has tons of blogs and videos for a newbie to get started on Adobe Captivate. We have curated some posts and videos and arranged them progressively for you to learn Captivate.

This tutorial/list, by no means, is complete and comprehensive.

We have listed down few high-level topics that span across most of Captivate’s features.

  • Creating projects in Captivate – Learn how to create a responsive and non-responsive project.
  • Creating recording and software simulations – Learn how to record a video demo and product simulation for training.
  • Overview of objects in Captivate – Learn what an interactive or a non-interactive object is.
  • Creating quizzes and assessments – Create quizzes and evaluate your learners’ knowledge.
  • Previewing and publishing your project – Publish your project across devices, form factors, and formats.

For a list of all videos, visit  https://elearning.adobe.com/adobe-captivate-tutorials/

Creating projects in Adobe Captivate

Creating a blank project

Doc: https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/create-projects.html

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi_Yt7DGI3U

Importing from PowerPoint

Doc:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWkkd7doM3w

Creating a responsive project

Doc:

YouTube:

Fluid Box (New in the 2017 release of Captivate)

Doc:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQezSP3-yuA

Create recording and software simulations

Record video demonstrations

Doc:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcrpVMEyS1w

Record software simulations for training and assessment

Doc: https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/using/record-software-simulations.html

YouTube:

Objects in Adobe Captivate

Interactive objects

Doc:

YouTube:

Non-interactive objects

Doc: https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate/topics/noninteractive-objects-and-media.html

Create quizzes and assessments

Doc:

YouTube:

Previewing and publishing a project

Doc:

YouTube:

These posts and videos should get you up to speed. For more details on new features and queries related to Captivate, ask the community, and get detailed, quality answers.

Happy Captivating!

Learning to Fly

Have you ever gotten to that point in the storyboard where you suddenly realize that you don’t know how to achieve the desired effect or interaction? I know I have. Especially early in my career. over ten years ago I worked alongside a more seasoned eLearning designer/developer who saw me struggling with a difficult project. He said, “Why are you so stressed out and trying to reinvent eLearning?”
I said, “I want this eLearning course to be really good.”

He said something I have never forgotten, which I first thought was just an older designer being lazy, “Never add an interaction to your eLearning course that you are not 100% sure you know how to deliver.”

I said, “But don’t we always want to raise the bar and continuously improve?”

He said “Yes, but not while you are supposed to be building your project and meeting or exceeding your project deadlines.” He went on to say, “While you are searching the internet and asking questions online on how to build this particular interaction, who’s working on getting your project done?”

I told him, “nobody.”

“Exactly”, he said, “When you have some downtime work on reinventing the eLearning wheel and add those items to your eLearning tool belt for the next project. When you have a hard and fast deadline, get the job done with the tools that you have right now.”

I learned a lot that day and I think it’s something that we can all learn from. Sometimes I get questions from designers who have taken on more than their current knowledge can produce. My advice is to master the basics before trying to turn your first eLearning into something epic. Don’t worry, you will get there. It just takes time.