How do I embed eLearning Brothers content into Captivates My Assets

I have downloaded some characters from the ‘Get Free eLearning Assets’ area of Captivate. Is there a way for me to include these downloaded characters under the ‘My Asset’s -> Character section?

For example, under My Assets -> Characters I choose a category type then click a person. From there I see all the different poses and if I want a Close Up, Half or Full pose.

I want to be able to do the same with the eLearning Brothers characters that i downloaded.  Otherwise I have to insert the image and then crop for a Close Up or Half pose. I think it is a limiting function if this cannot be achieved.

Assistance or instructions would be greatly appreciated.


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Embed Microsoft Office Files Within Adobe Captivate

In this video tutorial, I show you two interesting ways you can give access to Microsoft Office documents to your learners from within your Adobe Captivate project.

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#eLearning #LiveStream – A Year of Fluid Boxes -Tuesday Mar 20th 16:00 EDT | 20:00 UTC

Join me for this Adobe Captivate eLearning Livestream, where I will be reviewing what I’ve learned after a year of using fluid boxes. Join this live session and have your responsive design fluid box questions ready for the live chat. I will be answering your questions.

Follow the link below at any time to set up a reminder to be notified when this event becomes live on March 20th at 4 PM Eastern Time.

If you enjoy my LIVE STREAMS, please share them with your colleagues and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you’re notified of all my upcoming events.

P.S. Don’t forget to also register for a free one hour webinar on Mastering Custom Quizzes with Adobe Captivate 2017 scheduled for Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018, at 9 AM Pacific / 12 PM Eastern.

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Adobe Captivate – Click to Reveal with Multiple Audio Clips

In this video tutorial, I show you my workflow for creating a single-slide click to reveal that contains both slide audio, as well as additional triggered audio for each state of a multi-state object. Your instinct might be to attach the audio to the individual states of the multi-state audio but you will quickly discover that this doesn’t work so well.

Please note: that this type of interaction will not work with the built-in closed captioning for the additional audio items so you might want to include narration text on-screen for those who require closed captioning for accessibility purposes.

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Announcing Adobe Captivate Specialist Certification

As a first time initiative, we are pleased to announce the launch of Adobe Captivate Specialist – a certification program from Adobe, set in an intense classroom training format followed by an online assessment, delivered by top Adobe Captivate experts. Successful completion of the course and assessment will help you earn a badge and certificate, which shall serve as an excellent professional medallion for you and truly endorse your expertise in Adobe Captivate. The badge and certificate which you can share in your social and professional networks will help boost your professional profile. By the end of the full-day session, you will have mastered all the major workflows in Adobe Captivate through hands-on learning with examples and demos.

The agenda will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Adobe Captivate 2017 release
  • Touring the Adobe Captivate interface
  • Building storyboards using Adobe Captivate Draft
  • Creating static and responsive courses in Adobe Captivate
  • Using themes and eLearning assets
  • Inserting interactive and non-interactive objects
  • Building custom animations and interactions
  • Using advanced actions and variables
  • Recording and editing simulations and video demos
  • Using Adobe Captivate with other applications, such as Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adding assessments and quizzes
  • Enabling Learning Management System (LMS) compliance and accessibility
  • Previewing and publishing the courses to an LMS


Seats are filling up fast – block your seat now. Register here.

The Adobe Captivate Specialist certification is being hosted at Washington, D.C, on April 24, alongside the 3rd Adobe eLearning Conference, on April 25.

If you haven’t registered for the Adobe eLearning Conference yet, this is your chance to register yourself. The agenda is already up. Attendance is complimentary! Limited seats remain, so hurry and register yourself.

Adobe Captivate Team

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The Argument for Non-Responsive Design

Responsive design is a hot topic in the world of web-design, and with good reason no one wants to open a website on their smartphone and scroll horizontally back and forth and vertically to read page’s content or to find the navigation buttons to go to the next page, and the responsive design trend is taking off in the world of eLearning Design as well.

The new responsive design tools and work flows are exciting for elearning authors and many new comers (and some veterans) to the field can see no reason why anyone would consider, much less build, a non-responsive design but there are many instances where a non-responsive design is not only a valid option but the correct choice.

The planned implementation of the course will often determine whether or not the content should to be a non-responsive design. In some instances a client may intend to use the course in a controlled environment such as a computer lab in a prison system. In an instance such as this where there is no consideration for mobile then a non-responsive design is acceptable or even appropriate. Secure or controlled environments aren’t the only instances where a non-responsive design is useful though.

Because Adobe Captivate allows publishing as scalable HTML5 you will sometimes find this a better choice that a true responsive design using breakpoints or fluid boxes. If you author enough content for enough clients you will eventually encounter content that, by its very nature, only works well in a horizontal format whether it’s viewed on a 24-inch monitor or a 5-inch smart phone. In these instances a non-responsive design published as scalable html5 may be the perfect solution. The same approach can be applied to any content that will always be presented horizontally by the LMS regardless of the screen orientation on a mobile device.

If you find yourself authoring a course for use at a school you may find that the administrators and teachers want their students taking the course on computers or tablets but want to discourage the students from taking it on their smartphones. A non-responsive design published as scalable HTML5 is my approach here as well. While this won’t make it impossible the students to complete their course on a phone it will make it far easier to complete on a computer or tablet.

Another thing to consider when deciding whether you want to build a responsive or non-responsive project is whether or not you intend to use Flash in the project. Most newer mobile devices don’t support Flash and using Flash in your project makes the responsive vs. non-responsive debate moot

In conclusion, the next time you are presented with a project don’t fall into the trap of assuming a responsive design is the correct one because it’s the “in” thing (and don’t assume non-responsive is correct either) without reviewing both the implementation and target audience of the course. Both responsive and non-responsive designs have advantages and neither is right for every project.

Adobe Captivate – Background Images in Fluid Boxes

In this Adobe Captivate video tutorial, I demonstrate how you can work with background images in your fluid box responsive design eLearning projects and ensure they line up the way you want them to.

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 2017 – Chemistry Tic Tac Toe Game

This Chemistry themed tic-tac-toe game allows you to select any position on a tic-tac-toe grid. Once a spot has been selected you are given a chemistry question that must be answered either True or False. Correct questions are given an “O”, incorrect questions are given an “X”. Just like tic-tac-toe if you get 3 correct in a sequence you win.

Play the game here:

Captivate 2017 – Chemistry Tic Tac Toe Game

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This game was created in Captivate 2017 using state views, smart shapes, Advanced Actions and JavaScript. I attempted to create this prior to the addition of State Views and found it difficult to layer and work with all items required.


State views simplified this task of organizing objects – all interactions take place on one slide.