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).   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearning

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).

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Adobe Captivate 5.5: YouTube Anyone?

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by Kevin Siegel Adobe announced the immediate availability of Adobe Captivate 5.5 Looking to learn Adobe Captivate? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearninglate last week. Over the next few weeks, I'll be spotlighting some of the new features here.

Adobe Captivate: Cue the CC's. Automatically Please

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In Adobe Captivate 5: Create a Standard Advanced Action ( Project > Advanced Actions ) as shown below.   In Adobe Captivate 4:   You can do the same thing as above, but the Captivate 4 interface is a tad different than version 5. by Lori Smith.

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.

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.

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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 mLearning

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. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite FrameMaker

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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.

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. by Kevin Siegel.

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.

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. I received an email from a fellow Captivate developer who was distressed. He had captured several software simulations using Captivate's Application option.

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

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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.

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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.

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% Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearning

Adobe RoboHelp: Watermarks Made Easy

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Looking to learn Adobe RoboHelp 9? 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.

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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 eLearning

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.

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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 mLearning

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? by Kevin Siegel.

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?

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.

In case you missed it – 2011 in posts

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Before I take my leave for Christmas, I thought I'd provide you with this summary of all my posts on Clive on Learning in 2011. I've marked with asterisks a few posts that were particularly significant from my point of view. December Where is the model for e-learning? Massively scalable training * Face-to-face is for special occasions * Can we dispense with email?

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.

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.

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 eLearning

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.

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. I 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.

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

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?

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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.

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.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Resizing is a Snap, But Watch Your Anchor

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. In the image below, I've drawn two objects on a Captivate slide. Clearly the object on the left is much larger than the one on the right.