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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 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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Since I moved to Atlanta, I have been getting to know Jay Lambert. Jay is an active member of the Atlanta eLearning community, and an independent eLearning developer, running Integrated Learning Services.

A few weeks ago, Jay and I had lunch and discussed Jay’s idea of setting up an informal eLearning discussion group in Atlanta. Not a web forum, but a real live face-to-face group.

I think it is an awesome idea, and I am pleased to announce our first eLearning Discussion and Coffee meeting. Jay included details in his blog post about Atlanta eLearning events a few days ago, and I summarize them here.

Meet with us on Tuesday May 24th at 4:30pm at the La Madeleine’s by Perimeter Mall to informally discuss eLearning tactics over coffee.

Topics currently under consideration are:

    Learning Analytics,
    Is rapid design really rapid?
    Instructional design tips.

You should also note that this is the same evening that the ASTD Atlanta INC SIG is holding an event on e-newsletters right around the corner, so many of us will go from the coffee to that.

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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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mattockenfels asked in feedback to the Captivate 4 Community Help:-

Can I assign rdInfoCurrentSlide to a custom variable, the use it later in a Jump to Page anywhere else in a course? I have content pages that are shared by different topics, and I need to return back to where I navigated away from.

I tried to find a way to do this, but discovered I could not find a way within Captivate 4 to assign anything to rdInfoCurrentSlide .

After some exploration, I found I could achieve what mattockenfels asked by saving rdInfoCurrentFrame instead, and assigning the saved value to rdcmndGoToFrameandResume .

I made a quick demo file that you can view here. You can also download the source file from my website.

I am always happy to be shown a better way, so please post your suggestions in the comments for this post.

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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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Information about using the new actions and variables features in Captivate 4 is a little sparse right now. The question was asked on one of the Adobe forums, “How would you use Actions to turn off the paylbar in Captivate 4?”
I think there are a number of ways to address this. Here’s one option.
  • Open the Actions Dialog – select Project Actions
  • In advanced Actions tab, select the Choose an action to edit… drop down, and select Create a new action.
  • Name the action – e.g. closePlaybar
  • In the white panel below you should see the text Add Statement – double-click it
  • Some new text will appear, and the text Statement will turn red. Doube-click the Statement text.
  • Select assignment from the list that appears.
  • Choose cpCmdShowPlaybar from the menu.
  • You will be offered the option to choose variable or value – choose value
  • Type 0 (zero) and then choose Save and then Close.
Now when you want to use this action you would select Execute advanced action, say, at the result of clicking a button, or when you enter or exit a slide. Assuming you want the playbar to disappear when a specific slide begins to play:-
  • Open the Slide Properties window for the desired slide by double-clicking the slide in the Filmstrip.
  • In the Navigation section, choose On slide enter: Execute advanced Action.
  • Select closePlaybar in the Action drop-down menu.

Watch the following demo to view the steps in Captivate 4.

For a better quality demo, click this link

‘cpuser’ commented on this on the Adobe Captivate General Discussion forum.

Assign standard action can also be used to achieve the same result. Follow the below steps –
1. Open Slide properties
2. Select “Assign” action from On Slide Enter event
3. Select “cpCmndShowPlaybar” from the list of variables
4. Enter “0” as the value to be assigned with
5. Preview the movie and observe that the playbar is not visible

And he/she is completely correct – thank you. However at least some of the purpose of my demo was to show more generally how you can get started working with Adobe Captivate 4 variables and Actions, so I’ll leave it up 🙂

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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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