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? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes.   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.

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? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both

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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? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearning

Adobe FrameMaker: Nested Lists

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For more information on restarting lists, see " Adobe FrameMaker: How to Restart a Numbered List." We offer both beginner and advanced FrameMaker training. Adobe FrameMaker Adobe''s Technical Communication Suite FrameMaker Technical Communications Technology training UA User Assistance by Barb Binder. A recent FrameMaker student contacted me with a numbering dilemma: I am working with a two-level list.

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Adobe Captivate: Pre-Test Before You Test

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During one of my recent beginner Adobe Captivate classes, a student asked if it was possible to maintain two quizzes within a single Captivate project. Looking for training on Adobe Captivate? IconLogic offers multiple live, online Adobe Captivate classes each month including Introduction to Adobe Captivate and Advanced Adobe Captivate. Adobe''s Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearning Technical Communications Technology training

Adobe Captivate: No More Empty TEBs

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During my beginner Adobe Captivate class , I am often asked if it's possible to ensure that learners do not leave a Text Entry Box (TEB) blank.   We offer live, online training on Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Presenter, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio.We Adobe Captivate Adobe''s Technical Communication Suite Advanced Actions Captivate eLearning TCS5 training UA User Assistance by Lori Smith.

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? We offer Beginner  and  Advanced  classes. Both Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningRight-click a slide object and you'll find you can select Audio > Import to  (or  Record to ). Right-click a slide and you'll find the exact same menu items.

Graphic Design Tips for Beginners

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This means doing away with the default fonts you’ve become accustomed to using and selecting new fonts that communicate a sense of personality and design. Have you ever thought about how different fonts communicate different meanings? In addition to the coloring tools built into most programs, tools like Adobe Color can help you build a variety of custom color schemes. You can even upload photos to Adobe Color , which will analyze the photo to create a custom color scheme.

Adobe Captivate 6: Branch Aware

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According to Adobe: "Use Branch Aware to calculate the final score based only on the questions in the branch that users have viewed. I don't know about you, but I find Adobe's description of Branch Aware to be confusing. Not to be deterred by Adobe's description, I set out to play with the Branch Aware feature and figure out what I could (and couldn't) do if I elected to use the option. by Lori Smith. Branch Aware is new in Captivate 6.

Adobe FrameMaker: Including Chapter Numbers in a Table of Contents

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I received the following question from one of my Adobe FrameMaker students: I am making a table of contents (TOC) for my book. We offer both beginner and advanced FrameMaker training. Adobe''s Technical Communication Suite FrameMaker Instructional Design Technical Communications Technology by Barb Binder. When I create the TOC, everything looks fine except I lose the Chapter numbers.

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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? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearninglate last week. Over the next few weeks, I'll be spotlighting some of the new features here. If you are a veteran Captivate 5 developer, you'll appreciate that the 5.5 version looks almost identical to version 5.

Adobe Captivate: Using Aggregator

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we still offer two online classes for Captivate 4, Beginner and Advanced. Click here for details on the Beginner class. Tags: Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearning by Kevin Siegel. In an ideal world, your Captivate projects would be kept to a respectable number of slides (fewer than approximately 100). Larger projects will take longer to produce, longer to publish, longer for learners to download and, most importantly, longer to complete.

Adobe Captivate: Anchors Away?

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we still offer two online classes for Captivate 4, Beginner and Advanced. Click here for details on the Beginner class. Tags: Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearning by Kevin Siegel.   You've seen them. and you've ignored them. But what, exactly, are they? I'm referring to those pesky red arrows you will see to the right of objects on the Timeline.

Adobe Captivate: Internalize or Externalize?

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    Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both 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).

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. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both

Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Export Audio

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. 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: Update Image Usage Project-Wide

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. 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. All that you need to do is go to the Library (Window menu) and drag the image onto a slide.

Adobe Captivate: Aggregated? Go TOC-Less

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite eLearningby Kevin Siegel. I 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. Once the lessons are aggregated, they will share a single TOC, allowing learners to jump from one lesson to another at will.

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? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel.

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.       About the author:  Lori Smith is IconLogic's lead programmer and Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Adobe Captivate.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? by Lori Smith.

Adobe FrameMaker & Adobe InDesign: English International vs English US

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Barbara has been a trainer for nearly two decades and has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide. Looking to learn Adobe FrameMaker We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite FrameMakerby Barb Binder. In two recent online classes, one FrameMaker and the other InDesign CS5 , I noticed that one of my students had inadvertently installed the International English version of their software.

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Adobe Captivate: Nudge the Screen Area

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by Kevin Siegel    When creating a new Software Simulation in Adobe Captivate, the red box that you can drag to any area of your screen display is known as the  Screen Area. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer  Beginner  and Advanced  classes. Both 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? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. 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 ROBOHELP: Stay Away Mighty Google

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  If you're looking to learn Adobe RoboHelp, consider my highly-interactive live, online beginner class or my advanced content reuse class.   Willam van Weelden is a Certified Online Training Professional ( COTP ), veteran Help Author, RoboHelp consultant, co-author of IconLogic's "Adobe RoboHelp": The Essentials workbook , and technical writer based in the Netherlands. by Willam van Weelden, COTP.

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Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Blur it Baby

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by Kevin Siegel    You've captured a series of screens using Adobe Captivate. To test the effect, preview a few of your slides.)   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningDuring playback, you realize that there is something on some of the slide backgrounds that you simply don't want the learner to see.

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? We offer  Beginner  and Advanced  classes. Both Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning

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Adobe Captivate 5: WYSIWYG Placeholders

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  Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? We are now offering Beginner and Advanced classes, as well as a half-day course on Advanced Actions. Tags: Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning by Kevin Siegel. Over the past few months I've been creating more and more Project Templates for my customers. Some of the most important things you can add to a Project Template are placeholders. What are placeholders?

Adobe Captivate 5: Don't Quote Me!

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      In fact, filling in the fields within the Project Information window is so important, and so simple, I encourage my beginner Captivate students to fill it in as well. From a beginner perspective, the information can be displayed on a TOC, something you learn to do during class.).   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes, as well as a half-day course on Advanced Actions. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: The Pros of Contrast

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As you can see in the image below, Adobe overhauled the Timeline colors. Nice job Adobe! Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes.   Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. I fell in love with Captivate 5 the moment I started the program. The user interface (UI) was a vast improvement over every legacy versions of the program.

Adobe Captivate 5/5.5: Switch TTS Agents in a Snap

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by Kevin Siegel    During every  Captivate beginner class , time is spent on the second day teaching everyone how to use Captivate's Text-to-Speech feature to convert slide notes into speech.   Adobe Captivate Essentials  and  Adobe Captivate Beyond the Essentials (Advanced). Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning

Adobe FrameMaker: Shading Behind a Paragraph

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Barbara has been a trainer for nearly two decades and has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide. Looking to learn Adobe FrameMaker We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite FrameMakerby Barb Binder. The question of adding shading to paragraph text comes up in my online FrameMaker class every now and then. In the past (meaning FrameMaker 9 and earlier), the solution was always a single-cell table.

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Adobe Captivate 5.5: Math Made Easy

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So I'm working with a text caption in Adobe Captivate and the font size is 16 points.   Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. I'd like the font size to be twice as big. For many developers, figuring out what the font size should be if it's supposed to be twice as big as 16 points is easy. 16x2=32. What's that you say?

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? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel. Maybe I was imagining things.

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? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearningby Kevin Siegel You've always been able to create quizzes with Captivate.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: The Fastest Angle Remover in the West

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. 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: Affected by Effects

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That's right, the new Adobe Captivate 5 offers effects. On the Effects tab, which is new to Adobe Captivate 5 and is grouped by default with the Timeline, click the Add Effect button (the button is very small and is located in the lower-left of the Effects panel). Shown below is the full Effects menu available to you in Adobe Captivate 5. we offer two online classes (Beginner and Advanced). Click here for details on the Beginner class.

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% Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearningby Kevin Siegel. One of the big decisions you will need to make during the Publish process ( File > Publish ) is which Flash Player to choose from the Flash Player Version drop-down menu. 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? We offer  Beginner and Advanced classes. Both Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning mLearning

Adobe Captivate: Slide Numbering Made Easy

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  If you're using Adobe Captivate 5 there's a handy dandy SlideNumbering widget that lets you put the slide count on any/all of your project slides using the format you like (e.g. What's that you say, you're still using Adobe Captivate 4? Sorry, but the SlideNumbering widget uses AS3 and is only for use Adobe Captivate 5. About the Author: Lori Smith is IconLogic's lead programmer and Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Adobe Captivate.

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

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Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5? We offer Beginner and Advanced classes. 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.