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Publishing Adobe Captivate Projects: SWF, HTML5, or Both?

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by Kevin Siegel      If you attend our  Adobe Captivate Beginner class , you will learn how to publish projects as SWF (for desktop users) and HTML5 (for mobile users).  Currently, the most common way to publish a Captivate project is as a Flash SWF, an excellent solution because SWF files provide the best multimedia experience for your learners.

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Adobe Captivate: Preloaders

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First, with a project open, display Captivate's Preferences ( Edit > Preferences  for Windows users;  Adobe Captivate > Preferences  for Macintosh users). You can use any of the following formats as a Preloader: jpeg, gif, bmp, wmf, or swf.   We offer live, online training on Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Presenter, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio.We can also bring the same great training onsite to your facility. He also verified that his web server wasn't the issue.   What's a Preloader? Interested? 

Adobe Captivate 6: HTML5 At Last!

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by Kevin Siegel    You've probably heard by now that Adobe released Adobe Captivate 6 late last week. Currently the most common way to publish a Captivate project is as a Flash SWF, an excellent solution because SWF files can be used by the vast majority of the world's personal computers, browsers and operating systems. This week, HTML5.

Adobe Captivate 6: Delivering Standalone eLearning Lessons

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The client informed the developer that he could not open the email attachment since he didn't own Adobe Captivate. If the learner is going to access the lesson over the internet (either from a web server or an LMS), publishing SWF and/or HTML5 is the way to go. If you decide to publish a SWF, the learner will use a web browser to access the lesson.

Adobe Captivate: Repurpose Preferences

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When I teach Adobe Captivate, I try to stress the value of creating a project template (and creating templates from scratch is a big part of my Captivate 6 Advanced class ). In the SWF Size and Quality area, I set the quality to Medium. IconLogic offers multiple live, online Adobe Captivate 6 classes each month including Introduction to Adobe Captivate and Advanced Adobe Captivate.

Adobe Captivate: Best Practices for Creating Compliant eLearning

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Selecting the Enable Accessibility option ( Edit > Preferences > Publishing ) makes certain elements in Adobe Captivate projects accessible or open to accessibility technology. For example, if you select the Enable Accessibility option and you have filled in the project name and project description text boxes in Project preferences, a screen reader will read the name and description when the Adobe Captivate SWF file is played. The following Adobe Captivate elements are accessible when Enable Accessibility is selected: Project name (derived from Project Properties).

Adobe FrameMaker and Captivate: Merging Multimedia With Print PDFs

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Simply open a document and, if you've got Adobe Acrobat on your computer, choose  Adobe PDF  when you print. You can see there's nothing particularly special about the text (beyond the promise of an Adobe Captivate simulation).  The source Captivate project opened pretty quickly in Adobe Captivate. Looking for training on Adobe Captivate?

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Adobe RoboHelp: Embed Captivate HTML5 Output

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Adobe Captivate 6 introduced HTML5 output, allowing eLearning content to be interactive on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Choose Insert > Adobe Captivate Demo. In the Multimedia Name field, open the swf you published from Captivate. Select Use Adobe Captivate HTML5 output. by Willam Van Weelden. Embed Captivate HTML5 Content Within RoboHelp.

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Adobe Captivate 6: Best Practices for Creating Compliant eLearning

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Selecting the 508 Compliance option makes certain elements in Adobe Captivate projects accessible or open to accessibility technology. For example, if you select the 508 Compliance and you have filled in the project name and project description text boxes in Project preferences, a screen reader will read the name and description when the Adobe Captivate SWF file is played. The following Adobe Captivate elements are accessible when the 508 Compliance option is selected:  Project name (derived from Project Properties). Slide accessibility text. Buttons.

Adobe Captivate 5/5.5: Removing The Web Page Margin

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by Kevin Siegel    I received an email from a Captivate developer asking if it was possible to remove the white space that appears between the browser toolbars and SWF when a lesson is opened within a browser. In the image below, notice that there is white space above the SWF (just below the browser's menu bar).      Admittedly the space that appears above a SWF isn't huge and it's not something that I had spent time thinking about.   Thankfully, there is a simple solution to removing the white space above the SWF.

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Adobe Presenter 9: Beginning Training

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Adobe Presenter 9 allows you to transform your existing PowerPoint deck into eLearning complete with voiceover recordings, interactive objects, screen characters and videos. During this full-day, online instructor-led class, you will learn how to create an eLearning lesson from scratch using both Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Presenter. Finally, you will also learn how to publish the finished eLearning content as both SWF and PDF. Adobe Presenter Adobe''s Technical Communication Suite eLearning mLearning Online Training Quizzes Technical Communications

Adobe Captivate & RoboHelp: Incorporate eLearning within a Help System

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For instance, I use Adobe Captivate to create most of my eLearning content, and Adobe RoboHelp to create my Help Systems. If you have created an eLearning lesson using eLearning tools such as Adobe Captivate, TechSmith's Camtasia Studio or Articulate's Storyline, you can insert the multimedia directly into RoboHelp Help Topics. by Kevin Siegel. The Perfect Help Topic.

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

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While your published SWF will be smaller when compared to using the other modes listed here, this setting will lower the quality of the published images so much, you may not like it. 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."

SWF speaks to HTML page… through JavaScript!

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Most of us, sometime or the other, have had a need to manipulate the HTML page that contains the Captivate SWF file. The requirement may have been to display a custom message or change an image in the HTML page on click of a button inside the SWF. Training and Tutorials Whats new "Elearning authoring tools" Adobe Captivate Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 This can be achieved by sending data [.]. eLearning this week Extending Captivate How do I. Advanced Actions eLearning HTML5 Rapid Authoring

Adobe Captivate 6: Scalable HTML Content

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by Kevin Siegel    I've published a ton of eLearning lesson using Adobe Captivate, and I have seen the Publish dialog box more times than I can count.   The  Scalable HTML content  option is off by default, leading me to believe is wasn't necessarily a good idea to use it. I was curious what the option would do, so I enabled it and published a SWF. The only downside to using  Scalable HTML content  that I'm aware of (I asked Adobe to confirm this), is that performance will suffer if the lesson is opened on an Apple iPad.

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Flash to HTML5 – Swiffy From Google

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This has come just in time for mLearning implementers; there is a new tool out in Google Labs called Swiffy that let’s one convert flash animation (swf files) to a device independent HTML5. This also helps us poor elearning developers circumvent the continuous war between Adobe and Apple over flash technology, and allow delivery across devices/platforms. Incidentally, Adobe had worked on just such a tool called Wallaby. We’ve been experiementing with Swiffy for a few hours now and it seems to do quite a decent job of converting SWF files.

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Articulate Storyline vs. Adobe Captivate

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A recent LinkedIn post asked eLearning developers: which tool is best: Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline? As Given that Adobe upgrades Captivate approximately once each year, and you get the upgrades for free as part of your subscription, subscribing is a pretty good deal.   When it comes to output, both Captivate and Storyline can publish SWF and HTML5 content. Adobe Captivate Adobe Presenter Articulate Storyline e-learning eLearning Microsoft PowerPoint mLearning Storyline  I would submit that the answer is no. just link PowerPoint.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Flash Player Version Aversion

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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). Learners attempting to open a SWF published to a more recent version of the Player than what is installed on their computer will be unable to view the lesson.

Camtasia Studio vs Adobe Presenter: Working with PowerPoint Presentations

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by Kevin Siegel       If you have already created a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, it's very easy to re-purpose the presentation as eLearning content using either TechSmith Camtasia Studio or Adobe Presenter.   Adobe Presenter 9 and PowerPoint.   When working with Adobe Presenter and PowerPoint, there really isn't anything to migrate. After installing Presenter on your computer, the Adobe Presenter tools are integrated with the PowerPoint Ribbon (on the Adobe Presenter tab). How about Adobe Captivate?

Adobe Captivate: Force Re-Publish

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In legacy versions of Captivate, it could easily take 3-5 minutes to publish a moderately-sized project as a SWF. Kudos to the Adobe engineers for working this out.   Adobe Captivate Essentials  and  Adobe Captivate Beyond the Essentials (Advanced). Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningIt's a staggering improvement.

Adobe Captivate 6: Best Practices for Creating Compliant eLearning

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Selecting the 508 Compliance option makes certain elements in Adobe Captivate projects accessible or open to accessibility technology. For example, if you select the 508 Compliance and you have filled in the project name and project description text boxes in Project preferences, a screen reader will read the name and description when the Adobe Captivate SWF file is played. The following Adobe Captivate elements are accessible when the 508 Compliance option is selected: Project name (derived from Project Properties). Source:  Adobe, Creating Accessible Projects.

Adobe Captivate 6: One Quick Way to Purge Unsupported HTML5 Objects

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by Kevin Siegel    I wrote about the HTML5 output option available in Adobe Captivate 6 a  few months ago. pointed out that HTML5 is an alternative publishing format to a SWF. For example, Rollover Captions, Rollover Images and SWF animations are not HTML5 compliant. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning HTML5

Adobe Presenter 9: Replacing the Default Playbar Logo with Your Own Logo

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by Jennie Ruby    When you publish an Adobe Presenter presentation, a small Adobe logo appears at the beginning of the playbar.  You can replace the Adobe logo with your own by doing a little bit of setup work. First, create a SWF file of the logo you would like to use on the playbar in place of the Adobe logo.   Adobe Presenter eLearning

Adobe Captivate 6: High Fidelity PowerPoint Imports

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During a standard PowerPoint import process, PowerPoint pptx presentations are first converted to the ppt format, and then converted to SWF. In Captivate 6, if you select the new  High Fidelity  option, the import process will take native pptx files directly to Captivate SWF (the ppt conversion is skipped).   Adobe Captivate Essentials  and  Adobe Captivate Beyond the Essentials (Advanced). Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning HTML5 PowerPoint Don't throw those PowerPoint presentations away.

HTML5 Converter for Adobe Captivate 5.5 is here!

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I’m really excited to share with you that we have HTML5 Converter for Adobe Captivate 5.5 out on Adobe Labs. With the HTML5 Converter, you can easily convert Adobe Captivate generated SWF to HTML5 format and repurpose your countless hours of interactive trainings for your mobile devices that do not support Flash content. Rapid Authoring Training and Tutorials Whats new Adobe Captivate 5.5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5 Here’s the [.]. eLearning Suite Extending Captivate How do I. HTML5 Converter iOS iPad iPhone rapid elearning

eLearning: It's Time for Some Reflection

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Since I use Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate for my eLearning development, publishing projects as HTML5 would have taken care of his requirement. Here are the steps I took to create an interactive a simulation of my iPad in Adobe Captivate: To begin, I downloaded and installed the  Reflector  program to my MacBook Pro. and then publish as SWF, HTML5, or both.

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"Adobe Captivate 7: The Essentials" Workbook Now Available

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I'm happy to report that my newest book, "Adobe Captivate 7: The Essentials"  is now available for purchase. "Adobe Captivate 7: The Essentials" is a self-paced training manual that teaches the core Adobe Captivate skills needed to create interactive eLearning and mLearning content. Finally, you’ll learn to publish your project in SWF and HTML5 formats so that your content can be uploaded to a web server for consumption on virtually any device, including the iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices.

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Adobe Presenter 7.0.7 is HERE with ActionScript 3.0 Support

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Today I’m happy to report that our much anticipated update of Adobe Presenter with full support for ActionScript 3.0 (AS3) is here, and this is a free update to anyone who owns Adobe Presenter 7, or any version of our Adobe eLearning Suite. In case you are not familiar with Adobe Presenter, it is a Plug-and-Play Rapid eLearning development tool for Microsoft PowerPoint.

eLearning: Adobe Captivate and Microsoft PowerPoint

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Earlier this year I wrote an article teaching you how to take PowerPoint content and create  eLearning using either TechSmith Camtasia Studio or Adobe Presenter. Over the next two weeks, I'm going to show you how to use your PowerPoint content in Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline. Adobe Captivate and PowerPoint.   During a standard import process, PowerPoint pptx presentations are first converted to the ppt format and then converted to SWF.   Looking for instructor-led training on Adobe Captivate? Choose  Window > Library.

High Fidelity Support for Microsoft® PowerPoint Files in Adobe® Captivate 6

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In Adobe Captivate 5.5, Adobe® Captivate 5.5 : PPTX -> PPT -> SWF Adobe® Captivate 6 supports direct conversion from PPTX to SWF without converting PPTX to PPT. PPTX files were converted to PPT files during import and therefore some features of the PPTX files were not imported into Captivate projects. Therefore, PPTX features can [.]. Whats new

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Adobe Captivate 7: Publishing Video Demos

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  Here's what the standard Publish dialog box looks like:     When publishing a cptx project, you can elect to publish as SWF, HTML, PDF, or all of the above. However, the Publish dialog box that appears couldn't be more spartan:     SWF? Looking for training on Adobe Captivate? by Kevin Siegel. The bottom line is that you have choices.

FMR SWF Edit

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Till Adobe Captivate 4, Full Motion Recording (FMR) SWF editing feature existed as a separate application outside captivate. With Adobe Captivate 5 this feature has been integrated within captivate.  If an FMR SWF is readily available, then inserting a blank slide and changing the slide background to the SWF using the property inspector would create an FMR slide.

Creating PDF Forms

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Regardless of which application you use to create the initial document, you can make it into a form in Adobe Acrobat.   I use Adobe Illustrator to create my documents and then I save them as PDFs. In a future article, you will learn how to create text form fields in Adobe Acrobat and drop-down menus.  Publish your SWF videos in a PDF directly from Adobe Captivate.

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What's Up With the "Enable SWF for conversion to iPhone application" Option?

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Question About Adobe Captivate 5: What's Up With the "Enable SWF for conversion to iPhone application" Option? I'm confused. know that Apple and Adobe are at war with regards to SWF output playing on the iPhone or iPad. But I just noticed in Adobe Captivate 5 that there is a check box when you publish that says: "Enable SWF for conversion to iPhone application." Adobe has officially stopped ceased further development of the Packager. " Tags: Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate

Discovering Adobe InDesign for eLearning

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If you have been developing eLearning for any period of time, you have probably used several of Adobe’s applications to create engaging and interactive courses. With Adobe Captivate , you can create some great system simulations. With Adobe Flash , you can create interactive elements that take your courses to the next level of engagement and even create entire courses. You can create and edit images for your eLearning using Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator. Recently, however, I stumbled across another great tool in the Adobe family – Adobe InDesign.

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How to Merge Your Captivate Projects Into One Course

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Let’s discuss how to merge your Adobe Captivate course, or in other words, adding several courses into one mega awesome super-course! This post will take you through the process of creating a simple TOC using SWF files. The TOC SWF files are the courses/topics of your choosing. Publish the file into SWF format exported to HTML. 8. Set up TOC. Enjoy!

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Adobe Captivate: Live, Online Training Now Available in Central European Time Zone Hours

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  This beginner Adobe Captivate training class will quickly have you creating eLearning and mLearning lessons that include software simulations, demonstrations and soft-skills (compliance training). And you will learn how to publish your lessons for the widest possible audience including how to output both Flash (SWF) and HTML5 (so that your lessons will play on such mobile devices as the Apple iPad). Adobe CaptivateDue to popular demand from our friends in Europe, we're now offering our top rated Captivate training during Central European Time Zone hours! 

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