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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. While HTML5 may one day completely replace SWF, today is not that day.

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Adobe Captivate: Using Aggregator

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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. Of course, there may be occasions where you want to take several small projects and bring them together into one project--without actually copying slides or objects from one project into another.

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Adobe Captivate: Internalize or Externalize?

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The common way to publish a completed Captivate eLearning video is as a SWF (small web file). When the publish process is complete, you will end up with three files: an HTML file (which is what your learner will need to open the lesson in a web browser), a JavaScript file (called standard.js) and the SWF containing your lesson.  But it is possible to publish your Captivate video so that the Skin, Widgets, FMR's and Animations are split apart from the SWF.

Adobe Captivate 5.5: Lowering the Size of Published SWFs

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Fortunately, adding interactivity to a lesson does not negatively impact the size of the published SWF. Rather, imported assets such as audio, video and images are the main culprits behind SWF bloat. There are some things that you can do while working in Captivate that may lower the size of the published SWF. However, if you can trim the lesson down to 2-3 minutes of playtime, you'll save on SWF file size. Looking to learn Adobe Captivate 5 or 5.5?

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

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You can apply the settings to individual slides, or for all of the project slides. 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."

Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Software Simulations Using Adobe Captivate

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Then, you can develop software simulations that engage your learners with Adobe Captivate easily. This blog is a step-by-step guide for developing software simulations using Adobe Captivate. If you would like to record the steps performed in MS Word, PowerPoint, Photoshop, MS Outlook, or any other application, you can select the ‘Application’ option in Adobe Captivate. You can develop a project that is part demo, part training, and include assessments too.