Adobe Captivate Tuturials

The Adobe Captivate tutorials are awesome! I worked through each tutorial from creating my first project through adding learning interactions, quizzes, videos, etc. These tutorials helped me learn Adobe Captivate workflows quickly and I was able to create my elearning course to present to a prospective employer in just a few weeks. The prospective employer was impressed and I am still getting positive feedback about the course I created. Thank you for great learning tools. I will continue to utilize the tutorials and other vast learning resources available from Adobe Captivate.

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Adobe Captivate Tuturials

The Adobe Captivate tutorials are awesome! I worked through each tutorial from creating my first project through adding learning interactions, quizzes, videos, etc. These tutorials helped me learn Adobe Captivate workflows quickly and I was able to create my elearning course to present to a prospective employer in just a few weeks. The prospective employer was impressed and I am still getting positive feedback about the course I created. Thank you for great learning tools. I will continue to utilize the tutorials and other vast learning resources available from Adobe Captivate.

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Captive Tutorials

My work has a system that outside users can use to log in and submit any requests but it is difficult to train outside users as we are a smaller workplace and do not have the time for constant workshops. Adobe captivate was great in this aspect as it gave us the option to not only present to outside users using video but also give them the experience of submitting the order without having to plan a workshop and take staff and resources away from other much needed duties.

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Using The Alignment Panel in Captivate

I really appreciate the align options in Captivate.

Have you ever wondered how some designers get all their objects lined up nicely?  The answer is the alignment settings in Captivate.  With the alignment settings you can do the following:

  • Align objects to Top, Bottom, Left and Right.
  • Align many objects at the same time.
  • Space objects evenly both vertically and horizontally.
  • Resize to the same height
  • Resize to the same width
  • Resize to same height and width
  • Make all objects the same size

This is another major time saver for you as a designer/developer as it will take away all the frustration that you encounter when you are trying to align objects on the stage. Try playing around with this and see what it can do for you?

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Captivate 2019 review

  1. Captivate 2019 features review
Virtual reality
It’s great to see Adobe leading the charge and bring V.R. to learning. This new feature will be great for creating ‘risk free’ safety drills, orientations and much, much more allowing developers to bring an immersive experience to their learners.There are plenty of options to make to content interactive with a good selection of hotspots to choose from, such as, inserting audio, text and images and a neat Active Gaze feature that automatically launches the interaction when the viewer pauses on it.
Interactive Video
This for me will  be the most used new feature in Captivate 2019. Insert information, knowledge checks and questions into local or a You Tube video by adding overlay slides. The bookmark function makes it easy for developers to take learners’ back to a particular point in a video to check information. Captivate makes it quick and easy to create engaging and interactive video content.
Live Device Preview
A handy new feature, especially for responsive courses, to test how your learners’ will view your content. Captivate creates a QR code and a link as long as its viewed on your network. This is particularly useful when you make changes to your content, just refresh your browser to view the updated content.
It will shortens the testing phase from previous versions of Captivate.
Fluid Boxes
It is now easier than ever to create responsive content with some good updates to the U.I. fluid boxes now get highlighted by color when hovered over on the stage and in the properties panel, which is a neat visual clue to help you when working on different fluid boxes another visual aid in the properties panel is icons that tell you which way the content is flowing, handy for trouble shooting. You can also enter the size of the fluid box from the properties menu handy when you have multiple slides. These changes will have a positive impact in creating responsive content
Conclusion
The new features will keep this version up-to-date well into 2019 and beyond because there are lots of great new features and improvements. Interactive video is a great addition to Captivate’s armory. The live device preview fits nicely with the updates to creating responsive courses. Virtual reality makes the release future proof and lays the gauntlet down in the authoring market. Captivate has never been easier to use.

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My review of Captivate 2019 New Interactive Video Feature

I first learned to use Adobe Captivate during the completion of my master’s degree. At the time, the school offered a fully licensed copy of Captivate 7. I continued using Captivate for my freelance projects. This year I had the opportunity to attend my first Adobe eLearning conference. It was amazing! I’m looking forward to attending next year’s event! At this year’s conference, Adobe previewed the 360 and the interactive video feature for the next newest version of Captivate. So when I saw the invitation to beta test the prerelease, I immediately responded. Below is my review of the interactive video feature in Captivate 2019.

A Little Background

During my master’s program, one of our assignments was to create a project in Captivate and save it as a video. The topic I choose was “Getting Started with LinkedIn.” Since the content within the original video is three years old, I decided to update it and pear it down. The video represents the first part of creating a new profile in LinkedIn. Keep in mind, the video does not go into the nitty-gritty details of the process but gives a brief overview. The first video highlights the overlay slide feature. There are two types of overlays. Content slide and knowledge check/quiz question slides. Part 2 highlights the bookmark feature in Captivate.

Part 1

The voiceover was created using Amazon’s AWS Polly. The recording was done using Screencast-o-matic.

Part 2

In this brief video, I highlight the bookmark feature. Here I purposely answered the knowledge check question incorrectly. In doing so, I was taken back to the beginning of the video so I can review the content again. This is another way to branch content within a video course.

Thoughts

Overall, I think this feature has great potential. I recently completed a project where I created three video courses. For this project, I used Captivate 9. The video was added to one slide and the knowledge check questions were on three additional slides. These question appeared once the learner completed watching the entire video. All the videos were one hour in length. With the addition of the interactive video feature in Captivate 2019, I could add those knowledge check questions at certain points in the video thereby creating a mental break for the learners. My only point and a suggestion to the engineering team has to do with the bookmark feature.

Rather than scrolling back and forth through the timeline to see your bookmarks, the properties inspector should have a section that lists all of the bookmarks added on the timeline. This would save a great deal of time. As I see it, the interactive feature is a game changer!

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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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Adobe Captivate (2019 release)

Having used Adobe Captivate for approaching nine years, I am very excited by the new 2019 release, in relation to enhancing courses for greater user knowledge retention, usability and take up.

There are many welcome new features (with a shout-out to 360° media support!) but, for me, the flagship new feature is the addition of Interactive videos! The ability to introduce overlay slides to a YouTube streamed (or native) video is excellent, and opens many creative possibilities.

Finally, I must complement the Captivate design team on the improvement to Fluid boxes – the fluid box concept worked well for me in Captivate 2017 but I wished that I could have had greater control in positioning the boxes – this has been corrected in 2019, plus the addition of a more intuitive interface in the Properties panel. I suppose one minor gripe is that the ‘squeeze in a row’ option isn’t the default choice (as this is the option I use the most).

So, all-in-all, I am highly satisfied with this new release and I look forward to the opportunity to work with all its enhancements.

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Captivate to the rescue!

Captivate has truly come to my rescue!

Since my traditional face to face training days over 10 years ago, things in the L&D space has changed so much. For the better of course! The past couple of years I’ve been doing a bit here and there in between kids and school runs. A bit of video training development, a bit of ID and some review and consulting. Until my neighbor’s mom, with a Ph.D. in Education, approached me to help her with converting her courses into eLearning.

What a challenge for me to assist her with this new venture in her life!  I’ve been exposed to Captivate on occasion, but never for a full project. And my software for basic video training would just not have done the job. I decided to try Captivate. Installed the 2017 trial, and off I went! A weekend of watching tutorials, youtube videos, reading blogs and articles.  I was so surprised how easy Captivate is to navigate and the helpful resources in the Captivate community.

I’m almost done with my first full course, and when my trial version expires, I’ll most definitely subscribe for the 2019 version.

Thanks, Captivate, you rescued me. Looking forward to more course development with you in the future!

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Interactive Videos so much easier in Captivate 2019

Captivate 2019 has made the creation of interactive videos so much easier, and more flexible with the ability to set your cue points and attach a range of assets including quiz questions.

I recently developed some interactive videos in V9. I didn’t want to split the videos up because the cue points could shift, even a small distance, so I had to plan my questions to appear at specific points on the timeline along with response feedback.

The project involved several graphics elements (text boxes and buttons) and programming to make them behave, along with lots of fiddling in the timeline to get them all correctly placed and working in sequence. When the learner clicks on the A or B, a response text box appears. Making all this happen involved careful placement on the timeline and a set of advanced actions, including one at the beginning of the project to prevent the response boxes appearing before I wanted them to. Very time consuming, and frustrating at times especially getting the cue points to display at the right place in the final product. I didn’t want to report to an LMS which was fortunate because that would have required major programming work.

Then I got to play with Captivate 2019 preview and a lot of that work didn’t need to occur. I could now assign a cue point on the timeline, and attach a quiz question to that cue point. I can also customise the look of the quiz question and the video is visible in the background behind. A cool look which you can see here. And now if I want to, I can do LMS reporting.

Creating interactive videos in Captivate 2019 is much easier and faster with advantage of easier reporting.

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