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Adobe Captivate: Pre-Edit Your Text Captions

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   Using Windows Explorer, navigate to where Captivate has been installed on your computer (typically [InstallDirectory]/Adobe/Adobe Captivate).   This is the most important step--if you mess up the CaptureTextTemplates_English.rdl file during the steps that follow, you could always copy and paste the original file back into the Adobe Captivate folder.

Adobe RoboHelp 9: Content Categories

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Adobe's Technical Communication Suite RoboHelpby Kevin Siegel. RoboHelp has allowed you to create conditional build tags and expressions. If you've never used them, they let you generate multiple layouts from one project, each potentially containing unique content. That's the perfect scenario to use RoboHelp's new Content Categories.   Save and Generate the layout.

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Adobe Captivate: Internalize or Externalize?

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    Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. The common way to publish a completed Captivate eLearning video is as a SWF (small web file).   The three-file output is typical. Doing so would mean that you would need to keep track of more pieces when uploading the lesson to your web server.

Adobe Acrobat X: Filling in Online Forms

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by Barb Binder  In a perfect world, everyone would not only own, but also know how to use, Adobe Acrobat X Professional. As a long-time Adobe Acrobat instructor, I know that with a few short clicks, a form can be enabled for online data entry. Barbara has been a trainer for nearly two decades and has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide.

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Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: That Syncing Feeling

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When developing eLearning with Adobe Captivate, saving unnecessary clicks is always a goal. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5?   Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. With that in mind, I rely on keyboard and other shortcuts whenever possible to avoid clicking and dragging my mouse. Take a look at the image below. second mark.

Adobe Captivate 5: New Slide, Blank Slide. What's the Deal?

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Take a look at the Insert menu in Adobe Captivate 5 and you'll see two similar commands: New Slide and Blank Slide. So the natural assumption would be that Adobe goofed when adding the menu items and one or the other should have been removed during the beta process.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning

Adobe Captivate: Aggregated? Go TOC-Less

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite eLearningby Kevin Siegel. covered the process of using Captivate's Aggregator utility some time ago. The Aggregator offers a quick way to combine multiple published SWFs into one, seamless lesson. During a recent advanced Captivate class , one of my students asked if it was possible to remove the TOC.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Quizzes To Write Home About

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You'll be happy to hear that all is well in the new Adobe Captivate 5.5. Check out the image below: Adobe is now providing quiz templates.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel You've always been able to create quizzes with Captivate. When learners review a Captivate 5.5

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Round and Round We Go.

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by Kevin Siegel One of the shortcomings with working with objects in Adobe Captivate has always been the inability to control the rotation of a selected object. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearningBeginning with Captivate 5, you could flip or rotate an image via the Properties panel.

Adobe FrameMaker 10: Auto Spell Check

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by Barb Binder    I can't tell you how many times my Adobe FrameMaker students ask where the "red squiggles" are when we start the lessons on text editing. The good news is that the new Adobe FrameMaker 10 offers Auto Spell Check, and with it, those beloved red (and green) squiggles.   Adobe's Technical Communication Suite FrameMaker

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Adobe Captivate 5: Display Resolution and Snap to. Watch 'em Both

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivateby Kevin Siegel. received an email from a fellow Captivate developer who was distressed. He had captured several software simulations using Captivate's Application option. He had a huge monitor and had maximized the application he was capturing. And   Screen (Display) Resolution.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Only The Shadow Knows!

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While some of the new features in Adobe Captivate 5.5 such as the ability to free rotate and publish to Apple mobile devices ) have gotten all the fanfare since Adobe released the new software, one new feature has sat on the sideline, overshadowed by the others: Shadow. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningNo worries.

Adobe Captivate & eLearning: How Long is Too Long?

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However, in my experience developing eLearning using Adobe Captivate, I put the attention span of an adult learner at 15-20 seconds per slide.   I encourage students who attend my Adobe Captivate online class to try to chunk a one-hour eLearning course into several short eLearning lessons.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearningby Kevin Siegel. You can create the best-looking, most well-written eLearning lesson anyone has ever seen.   So how long is too long? Then he just nodded off.

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Add Some Status to Your TOC

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivateby Kevin Siegel. When you add a Table of Contents to a Captivate project ( Project > Table of Contents > Show TOC ), the default settings include Show Duration. With this option selected, the duration of each slide in the lesson will be shown to your learners.

Adobe Captivate: Best Practices for Working with User Defined Variables

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About the Author: Lori Smith is IconLogic's lead programmer and Adobe Captivate developer. Lori teaches our Adobe Captivate 5 Advanced Actions class. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Lori Smith. Have you ever inserted a User variable into a Captivate text caption so that the lesson was personalized for your learner? Perhaps you added something like Ah, nice to meet you $$learner_name$$ and expected the variable ($$learner_name$$)   to be replaced by text typed by the learner. no harm, no foul.

Adobe Captivate 5: One Quick Way to a Project Template

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  Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivateby Kevin Siegel. During my Advanced Captivate class , we spend quite a bit of time creating a project template from scratch. Templates are simple enough to create via File > New Project > Project Template. Once you have created the blank template, you would go through the process of adding placeholders , master slides, object styles, actions and anything else you think you'll need in projects that would use the template. Go ahead and check it out.

Adobe Captivate: Export Audio

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by Kevin Siegel    You can import or record audio to just about anything in Adobe Captivate. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningRight-click a slide object and you'll find you can select Audio > Import to  (or  Record to ). When in doubt, I would suggest  MP3.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: At Long Last. Publish Support for Apple Mobile Devices

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by Kevin Siegel Anyone who created eLearning lessons using any version of Adobe Captivate older than version 5 is painfully aware that Captivate does not offer publishing options for any of the Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod). The new Adobe Captivate 5.5 Looking to learn Adobe Captivate? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate

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Adobe RoboHelp: Watermarks Made Easy

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Looking to learn Adobe RoboHelp 9? I've got a two-day class coming up later this month. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite RoboHelpby Kevin Siegel. One of my RoboHelp clients wanted a watermark to appear on a majority of their topics. Specifically, the client wanted their logo to remain stationary right in the middle of their topics. Select Background + Text (BODY).

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Adobe Captivate 5.5: Flash Player Version Aversion

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was released back in May 2011, it is currently not available in the menu. According to Adobe statistics, Flash Player version 10 and below is in use in 99.2% of the world's mature computer markets (mature markets include the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand). Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? by Kevin Siegel. Captivate 5.5 Right?

Adobe Captivate 5.5: The Fastest Angle Remover in the West

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. You may have noticed that Captivate 5.5 allows you to quickly change the angle of a slide object by dragging the free-rotate icon you will find just above any selected object. While rotating an object is great, getting rid of the rotation can get a bit sticky if you try to use the free-rotate icon. Most people will nearly remove the rotation, but are surprised to find that a slight angle remains. There are two painless ways to remove the rotation (the Angle).

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Show For the Rest of the Project. Or Not

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. If you'd like to repeat an object over a majority of your slides, one of the easiest ways to proceed is to select the object and, on the Properties panel, Timing group, select Display for rest of project. Alternatively, you can create and use master slides.

Adobe Captivate 5: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Clone 'Em

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Anyone who has developed eLearning using Adobe Captivate 4 or older knows how ineffective those pesky Apply to All buttons were.  However, there are two little default items that you simply can't mess with--you can't change the style's Adobe-given name; and you can't delete any of the default styles.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearningby Kevin Siegel Ever find yourself in a love-hate relationship with Captivate's default object styles? Note the sarcasm here.) However,

Adobe Captivate: Set a Master Movie

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. Last week I showed you how to remove the TOC from an Aggregated Captivate course. One reason that people elect to hide the TOC is that the TOC simply takes up too much space on the learner's screen. One way to get around the space issue when it comes to the TOC is to create an overlay. Simply put, the overlay feature will keep the TOC hidden until the learner elects to expand (or show) it by clicking a button. What's a developer to do?

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Adobe Captivate: If You Must Resize PowerPoint Presentations. Maintain!

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel It's relatively simple to import a PowerPoint presentation into a Captivate project. You can import a presentation into a new project, or add PowerPoint slides to an existing project. If you change the Width to 722, the Height will become 541, not 533.

Adobe Captivate: Update Image Usage Project-Wide

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. Adding an image onto a Captivate slide is as simple as choosing Insert > Image. Once the image has been added to the project, adding additional instances of the image to more slides is a snap. In that case, getting the updated image is still easy enough.

Adobe Captivate: When It Comes to Images, Choose Your Quality

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According to Adobe, "This option works well for most images and for all the screen recorded content, but can fail if the image contains too many colors or many colors with different transparencies." Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. Captivate offers four image quality levels you can specify.

Adobe Captivate 5: Get the TOC Out of the Way with an Overlay

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  Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. Adding a Table of Contents to your published Captivate project is a great idea. you'll be giving your learners an easy way to navigate through the lesson.   Of course, adding a TOC to your lesson comes with a cost. Then click the Settings button.

Adobe Captivate 5: Don't Quote Me!

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  Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivateby Kevin Siegel. Prior to publishing a Captivate project, you should spend a few minutes filling in fields you will find in the Project Information window (via File > Project Info ).   Among other things, you'll find the Project Name and Description fields. Go figure!

Adobe Captivate 5: Keep Audio From Getting Cut Off

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When importing voiceover audio into Adobe Captivate, I always suggest that audio be added directly to the slide instead of objects on the slide ( Audio > Import to > Slide ).   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. By importing audio directly onto the slide, you'll have more direct control over the audio. You will be able to edit the audio clip by double-clicking the waveform on the Timeline.   Which brings me to the subject of this week's article.

Adobe Captivate 5: Keep Master Slide Backgrounds at Bay

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One of the best new features in Adobe Captivate 5 is Master Slides. I Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivateby Kevin Siegel.  I originally covered master slides back in June of 2010. However, there is one pesky feature of Master Slides that I didn't cover back then. and it's worth a look now. Notice the problem?

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Export Audio

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivateby Kevin Siegel. received an interesting email last week from a Captivate developer asking where imported audio was physically stored on the computer. She had edited much of the audio from within Captivate and needed to share some of the edited clips with team members in her office. Once audio clips are imported into a Captivate project, they are embedded within the project and are not stored externally. Choose Audio > Audio Management to open the Advanced Audio Mangement dialog box.

Adobe Captivate 5.5 Question: Will You Be Updating Your Books?

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Now that Adobe has officially released Captivate version 5.5, Adobe's Technical Communication Suite CaptivateQuestion: I'm a certified Captivate trainer who uses your books when I teach. will you be updating your books to include the new features? Answer:  The new features in Captivate 5.5 are wonderful, but there are only a handful of them. The interface between Captivate 5 and 5.5 is nearly identical (with the exception of some additional groups on the Properties panel, a few extra menu items, and the renaming of some items). and 5.5

Adobe Captivate: Say Goodbye to the Mouse Click Sound

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by Kevin Siegel    I received an SOS from a fellow Captivate developer who was having a hate-hate relationship with the mouse click sounds he was hearing in his Adobe Captivate demonstration.     Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningProject-wide?

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Adobe Captivate: No More Autosizing, Thanks!

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If you resize a text caption or button in Adobe Captivate, and then edit the object's text at all, the object will do you a favor and resize. Display Captivate's Preferences (Edit menu for Windows users; Adobe Captivate menu for Mac users).   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. Maybe I was imagining things. but I set a pesky text caption to a specific size. Later on, when I re-opened the slide, the caption was much smaller. attributed the episode to drinking too much coffee.

Adobe Captivate 5: Nervous About Editing Your RDL? Dupe It. But Watch the Name

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went to the Preferences dialog box (Edit menu for Windows users; Adobe Captivate menu for Mac users), selected the Recording category, selected the Generate Captions in menu and.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningThat little trick will surely save any Captivate developer hours of work.  ?? Rock on Dave!

Adobe Captivate Question: Can I Apply to All?

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Adobe's Technical Communication Suite CaptivateI am trying to make a change to a slide object and want to apply those changes to similar slide objects. know that Captivate now supports Object Styles (which are great). However, not all object Properties are controlled by the style. Is there a way to apply other kinds of Properties to objects project-wide? Answer: There is an Apply to All button for these kinds of changes. After altering one caption, look at the right of the group on the Properties panel for a little arrow. Click the arrow and you'll see the Apply to All feature.