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eLearning Suite Launch Party!

Join the Atlanta chapter of the ASTD and the Adobe Users Group of Atlanta for an Informative and Amusing Evening to celebrate the launch of Adobe Captivate 6.  Adobe eLearning Evangelist, Dr. Allen Partridge will share all the latest news and information about Adobe Captivate 6the yet to be released Adobe Presenter 8, and the Adobe eLearning Suite 6released on July 18th.

The release of Adobe Captivate 6 has been heralded by eLearning professionals as the most significant upgrade to Captivate in history and the other Adobe eLearning products aim to match that sentiment.  You won’t want to miss seeing for yourself the latest mobile, video and out-of-the-box solutions in Adobe’s hot new eLearning software.

Register here!

Dr. Allen Partridge is the eLearning Evangelist for Adobe. In addition to his work for Adobe Systems, he serves on the doctoral faculty in the Communications Media and Instructional Technology program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Allen has written several books and a host of articles on topics ranging from 3D game development to Instructional Design for new technologies. He is active in explorations of Immersive Learning as well as traditional multimedia enhanced eLearning and rapid eLearning. Allen works closely with the eLearning Suite and Captivate teams at Adobe, providing a channel to customer needs and concerns and helping facilitate communication among team members.

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ImageOn Friday June 15th, Adobe released Captivate 6. This latest version of Captivate has some major new features, including the ability to publish to HTML 5 (concurrently with Flash publishing), a new Video Project, massively improved PowerPoint import and integration, interactive widgets, powerful themes and much more.

If you are heading out for mLearnCon in San Jose on June 19th, I’ll be there talking about the Video Demo workflow with Pooja Jaisingh, one of Adobe’s eLearning Evangelists.

Adobe has published a lot of Captivate 6 feature demos on AdobeTV, and I recommend you take a few minutes to browse them.

Here are some quick Captivate 6 resources:

AdobeTV: What’s new in Adobe Captivate 6

Leive Weymeis (Lilybiri): Captivate 6 – Advanced Actions


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Adobe will continue to develop Flex Builder. Adobe Flex SDK is going open source. Check out this blog post from Adobe for more info:

Your Questions About Flex

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Adobe is going to do a live demonstration of Adobe’s latest industry leading authoring tools for rapid eLearning authoring Register here:-

Join Dr Allen Partridge, Adobe eLearning Evangelist for a demonstration of the exciting new ways to create effective eLearning with Adobe’s latest industry leading authoring tools for rapid eLearning authoring. Adobe Captivate is widely recognized as the industry leading rapid eLearning authoring software tool. Explore how Adobe Captivate extends your reach into mobile publishing and enables you to create great looking course content.

The Adobe eLearning Suite has rocketed to the top, quickly becoming the must-have software package for eLearning professionals since Adobe first released this Dream Team of integrated eLearning Tools in 2009. Find out what everyone’s buzzing about, and see the amazing ways Adobe eLearning Suite, featuring Adobe Captivate can help you create dynamic, engaging and productive eLearning courses.

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I recently took over managing the Adobe User Group of Atlanta.

[Pause for cheers]

If you are not already a member of the Adobe User Group of Atlanta, you can join here.

As you know, Adobe is in the process of releasing a point upgrade to the Creative Suite products, and so for the first meeting with the Group, I want to take the opportunity to give an overview of the high points of the new suite. I think we all like these ‘launch party’ meetings to be fun and interesting so I’ve arranged a few things for you.

First and most important, the meeting will run in conjunction with the Atlanta Flex User Group. Douglas Knudsen manages this group and he has kindly agreed to share his venue and his party with us. Thanks Doug!!!

Which leads to the second thing – the User Group details are as follows:-

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 6pm
Where: Vaco, 2 Ravinia Dr Atlanta, GA

Lastly, there will be some swag from Adobe and a raffle for software. Be sure to wear your lucky pants!

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The new custom variables in Adobe Captivate 4 make it fairly easy to capture, store and display your users name. Once stored you can also add the name to the Certificate widget and use it in many other ways. It is not immediately obvious just how you might achieve this, so I put together a quick demo that should show you all you need to know.

Click this image to view the full demo.

Click this image to view the full demo.

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The Adobe Captivate team has been busy blogging about the new features in Captivate 4. Following is a quick list of their most recent posts:-

The Adobe Captivate team are doing a great job keeping us up to date with the latest Captivate news. Thanks guys!

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Gulf Coast Adobe User Group

I’ve just been approved as manager for the Gulf Coast Adobe User Group. Watch this space for information about meetings and events.

If you are interested in coming to meetings and joining our group, go ahead and make contact on the Gulf Coast User Group web site.

If you are interested in joining an Adobe User Group in your area, do a search on groups.adobe.com to find out where your nearest group is.

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If you’ve been following the flurry of blog posts and news recently, you’ll know that Adobe Captivate 4 was released last week. One of the great new features is a text to speech engine that lets you generate speech from your closed caption text.

Adobe Captivate 4 Text to Speech demo

Adobe Captivate 4 Text to Speech demo

Adobe has published a demo
showing how to use this new feature on the Adobe Captivate Blog.

I tested out this feature on my cell phone (a Samsung BlackJack II) by creating a small Captivate 4 demo and publishing it to my phone using the new Flash Lite Distributable Player. It worked. First time!

I wouldn’t recommend using Text to Speech this way as a habit, at least not for mobile devices, because what it does is embed an actual audio file, rather than converting the text on the fly. The sound and speech quality are both pretty good, and it sounds a lot less ‘roboty’ than your typical text to speech engine, but you may not find the relatively large file size acceptable. From my brief tests, it appears that since the audio starts off very clean (no background noise, plosives, sibilants, hiss or rumble) you can compress the audio files a little bit more aggressively than might be possible when compared to the audio recorded with a headset mike in a corner of the office.

So, if you need to add speech to your content, and you cannot afford the time and expense of recording quality audio from a skilled voiceover artist, then this new Text to Speech feature in Adobe Captivate 4 might be just what you need.

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Tridib Roy Chowdhury has posted an extensive list of Adobe Captivate 4 new features to The Adobe Captivate Blog

  • Productivity, Richness, and Robustness
  • Round-trip PowerPoint workflow – optional linking or embedding
  • Variables and Advanced Actions
  • Text-to-speech functionality
  • Customizable widgets – Flash components
  • Adobe Photoshop layer support- Preserve layers in imported Adobe® Photoshop® (PSD) files.
  • Table of Contents and Aggregator
  • Streamlined workflows and enhanced usability
  • inline editing of text captions
  • project templates
  • design templates
  • panning
  • right-click support
  • drawing tools
  • image editing
  • expanded output options- publish to a PDF as well as AVI
  • Adobe® ActionScript® 3.0 support
  • Improving Efficiency of the ID-SE interaction
  • Air Review app (swf commenting)
  • Single SWF Output
  • Panning while screen recordings
  • Performance and Robustness

Be sure and check out Tridib’s blog post for more details of these features and more.

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