Creating eLearning Scripts for Software Simulations

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We are proud to announce a new class: Creating eLearning Scripts for Software Simulations. If you create eLearning that includes software simulations and video demonstrations, you've likely heard about the need for a recording script. If you create software simulations or video demonstration eLearning in Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or TechSmith Camtasia, this class is for you

Rapid eLearning Through Software Simulations And Screencasts

Upside Learning

Previously when I discussed freeform and template-based rapid content authoring tools, I kept software simulation tools aside. The main reason was that such simulation tools are not always used for developing just any type of learning but focused on training content creation for a specific software application or system. The software simulation in turn, can be divided into screen capturing tools and interactive simulation development tools.

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Webinar: How to Create Software Simulation Training in Storyline

eLearning Brothers

I am sure that many of you have been asked numerous times to create a course or courses teaching folks how to use a piece of software. So, last Thursday I led a webinar in which I went over how to create software simulation training in Storyline 2. In it’s function, it’s more like TechSmith’s Camtasia rather than Adobe’s Captivate product. There were also several questions about Captivate vs Storyline in regards to Software Simulation creation.

Update on Software Simulations Tools

Tony Karrer

I'm never sure what updates people will see, but I wanted to alert people that I've made a small update to my page: Software Simulation eLearning (w/ links to Tools) The update primarily added some data from the eLearningGuilds Research at the bottom of the page - eLearning Tools Satisfaction. This shows satisfaction among tools that fall into categories related to software simulation: screen capture, electronic performance support (EPSS) and simulation.

"TechSmith Camtasia 2018: The Essentials" Step-by-Step Workbook Now Shipping

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A self-paced, hands-on workbook that teaches the core TechSmith Camtasia 2018 skills! Using TechSmith Camtasia, you can quickly create software demonstrations, software simulations, and soft skills eLearning. During the step-by-step lessons presented in this book, you will learn how you can include recordings of existing PowerPoint presentations or software demonstrations created directly on your computer using the Camtasia Recorder.

"TechSmith Camtasia 2018: The Essentials" Step-by-Step Workbook Now Shipping

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

A self-paced, hands-on workbook that teaches the core TechSmith Camtasia 2018 skills! Using TechSmith Camtasia, you can quickly create software demonstrations, software simulations, and soft skills eLearning. During the step-by-step lessons presented in this book, you will learn how you can include recordings of existing PowerPoint presentations or software demonstrations created directly on your computer using the Camtasia Recorder.

New 1-Hour Live, Online Course: Microsoft PowerPoint to eLearning via Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, or Presenter

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For instance, PowerPoint cannot create software simulations or video demos.   Instead of relying on PowerPoint alone for your eLearning content, you’ll need to take your finished presentations into an eLearning development tool such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or TechSmith Camtasia. TechSmith Camtasia. If you intend to create an eLearning course, it’s a good bet that you’re going to start the development process in Microsoft PowerPoint.

New 1-Hour Live, Online Course: Microsoft PowerPoint to eLearning via Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, or Presenter

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For instance, PowerPoint cannot create software simulations or video demos.   Instead of relying on PowerPoint alone for your eLearning content, you’ll need to take your finished presentations into an eLearning development tool such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or TechSmith Camtasia. TechSmith Camtasia. If you intend to create an eLearning course, it’s a good bet that you’re going to start the development process in Microsoft PowerPoint.

The new Camtasia Studio 8, the Flipped Classroom and Mobile Learning [Review]

mLearning Revolution

This is precisely where I see TechSmith bringing a lot to the table, especially with the new release of Camtasia Studio 8. I have been a Camtasia fan for a long time, as well as a SnagIt and Jing fan and I’m also very impressed with the work TechSmith is doing on Mobile. That is exactly what Mayra did for this post using the new Camtasia Studio 8 software. Here’s the link to our version of this flipped video, created using Camtasia Studio 8: [link].

Qarbon Camtasia and Adobe Captivate

Tony Karrer

These videos would have software demos, screencasts and PowerPoints embedded inside them. Camtasia and Adobe Captivate : Pros: Heard lots of good thing about them. There are quite a few Software Simulation Tools out there. Question from a reader, hoping you can provide your thoughts: I am in the process of selecting an elearning tool that is easy to use, quick to create the demos and does not bloat the file size much.

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eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: How Much Time Does It Take to Create eLearning?

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How about TechSmith's Camtasia?   I have extensive experience using Storyline, Captivate, and Camtasia. If you use Camtasia, your labor will go down a bit (1 hour or perhaps 1.5   If you’re creating a software simulation, you’ll need a step-by-step recording script.   Once you're written the software simulation script, you'll likely need to run through it multiple times to ensure it's accurate.

eLearning: Playbar or No Playbar? Let the Debate Begin

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All of the top eLearning development tools (Articulate Storyline, Articulate Presenter, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio) allow you to control the appearance of the playbar. If your eLearning lesson is interactive (perhaps it's a software simulation with a quiz, or a soft skills lesson with buttons for navigation), the learner who navigates via the playbar instead of the interactive slide objects can derail the lesson.

eLearning: When Should You Record Your Voiceover Audio?

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If you're creating a software demonstration or interactive simulation, should the audio be recorded while you're recording the screen actions?   When I create video demos with Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or TechSmith Camtasia Studio, I tend to record my voice at the same time that I'm recording the screen.   So what about interactive software simulations or soft-skills learning?

DEVELOPMENT TIP OF THE WEEK: Quickly Hide Desktop Icons

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When creating software simulations or video demos using Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, or TechSmith Camtasia, you might find yourself needing to capture an event that includes your desktop. Of course, that begs the question: how clean. or messy is your desktop? Does the image below remind you of a desktop near and dear to your heart?      Look, your desktop is your desktop so clutter away.

eLearning: More Reflection

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by Kevin Siegel      Last week I wrote about how you can use  Reflector to create software simulations and demonstrations  from your mobile device. I received emails from several people who, having read the article, downloaded Reflector and attempted to create a simulation using Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline. Continue this process over and over until you have completed all of the processes you wish to simulate on the mobile device.

7 reasons why the new Articulate Storyline is a Game-Changer for eLearning

mLearning Revolution

Articulate in my experience builds software that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also intuitive and easy to use. I remember the first time I installed Articulate Engage, I thought this is how software should be built, it’s beautiful and engaging. Storyline approaches making software simulations in a whole new ways as compared to Adobe Captivate. First, let me start by congratulating everyone who works for Articulate for the launch of Storyline.

Adobe Captivate: Kill the Click Sounds

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by Kevin Siegel      I received an email from a new Captivate developer who was having a hate-hate relationship with the click sounds he was hearing in his Adobe Captivate demonstrations and simulations. In his simulations, the same click sound was heard every time the learner clicked a click box.  To disable the mouse click sound in a software demonstration, select the mouse pointer on any slide.

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Just in the nick of time!

eLearning Blender

Just as I was looking into purchasing Camtasia Studio by Tech Smith I came across a blog posting on Tony Karrer's eLearning Technology blog just in the nick of time. Tony posted links to free downloads of Snag It and Camtasia. It is very handy for creating software training materials. I recently used the demo version of Camtasia to complete a software simulation project and it worked out great. Post about free Snag It and Camtasia downloads

2014 Lectora User Conference Sessions Sneak Peek!

Trivantis

Searching for a fresh and innovative solution to yearly training, the team harnessed the power of Lectora and Camtasia to easily create a virtual TV station that hosted short instructive “TV shows” on a training theme. Video footage was edited with Camtasia to create video clips that spoofed popular TV shows to deliver the training content. Everything you need to quickly produce fantastic results is included with Camtasia, Flypaper and Snagit!

Adobe Captivate: Video Demos and the Mouse

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by Kevin Siegel        Captivate's Software Simulation and Responsive modes get all the glory.       As I mentioned above, simulations and responsive eLearning are both important. In my experience, you can create Video Demos  twice as fast  as either simulations or responsive projects. And why not? Interactive eLearning that works great on mobile devices is important.

Adobe Captivate 8: More is More

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From this position, you can create a new project, record a software simulation/demonstration, or access recent projects.   We offer live, online training on Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Presenter, and TechSmith Camtasia Studio. by Kevin Siegel      Last week I told you about the great enhancements you'll see in Adobe Captivate 8 when it comes to  image buttons.

Top 10 Authoring Tools for Developing Simulation Based E-learning – Part 1

CommLab India

By using these rapid authoring tools, we can develop simulation based e-learning courses too quickly, at low cost. Here I am going to share the top ten authoring tools you can choose from to build effective and efficient simulation based e-learning courses. Adobe Captivate 8 is a rapid responsive authoring tool widely used to develop software demonstrations and simulations that can be accessed on all devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, Smartphones, etc.

eLearning: Is Right-Clicking Right?

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If you're responsible for creating a software simulation that teaches a learner how to make Word text bold, which of the commands are you going to simulate? While you could simulate multiple options, I'd encourage you to focus on just one (adding multiple options is going to take you too long to produce). Personally, I'd simulate the menu option or the toolbar button. Showing a right-click in a software demonstration is fine, but not a simulation.).

Developing Simulations for End-user ERP training Using Articulate Storyline

CommLab India

Usually in a classroom setting, trainers demonstrate how to use the software and how it works. This risk-free or test environment can be created using simulations. Using simulations, you can show the step-by-step process of the ERP system and allow the learner practice in a safe, interactive environment as if they were in a live ERP environment. Now let’s see how to create and convert those screenshots into simulation-based software training.

Adobe Captivate 8: A Cleaner, Simpler User Interface

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After selecting  New , you'll find the usual suspects including Software Simulation, Video Demo, and From PowerPoint. Prior to upgrading, I suggest that you make backups of your legacy projects just in case you need to open them in the older versions of the software. And you cannot drag panels around your screen like you could in legacy versions of the software.

Preparing to Create SOP Training

Kapp Notes

I received an email the other day from a person who is tasked with creating a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) training for an online project management software. I also have a book which addresses software training. Look on pages 93-96 specifically but the entire chapter 3 covers simulations for learning which might be helpful in this case. If it is online, development software like Camtasia , Captivate , ZebraZapps (cloud based)or Storyline 2 seem appropriate.

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3 Powerful Rapid Authoring Tools Released in 2016

CommLab India

Many developers of rapid authoring software have released new products and upgraded their existing tools to meet the changing needs of the technology-enabled learning marketplace, during the course of the year. The e-learning development software is a PowerPoint add-in, and anyone familiar with the Microsoft application can use iSpring Suite 8.5 is its capability to develop dialog simulations. Capability to create screencasts and software simulations seamlessly.

Adobe Captivate or Adobe Presenter: Which One Is Right For You?

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But, as is typical with any kind of software, the easier the software is to use, the fewer choices you have about certain things. This software allows you to focus more on the content than on eLearning functionality. With this software, the feeling is that you are designing your content, and the software handles the work of deciding things like how the learner advances to the next slide. Adobe Captivate is powerful, stand-alone eLearning development software.

E-Learning Authoring Tool Comparison

E-learning Uncovered

Lectora is $1600 for the core e-learning software, while their Inspire suite with extra multi-media tools is $2500. Software simulations: I tried to stay away from ties, but here I just can’t pick one over the other. Storyline and Captivate are both excellent choices for software simulations (either sit-back-and-watch demonstrations or try-it-yourself practices). If you buy the more expensive Inspire package, you get Camtasia.

Questions about Instructional Design Careers

Experiencing eLearning

I don’t find developing software simulations to be particularly rewarding, for example, because there often isn’t a ton of creativity. Q: I learn technology easily, but I have no experience creating with Captivate, Camtasia, Articulate, Flash or any of the authoring tools I have read are most valued in new hires. Last month, a reader named Jackie asked me a number of thoughtful questions about transitioning from teaching K-12 public school to instructional design.

20+ eLearning Tools and Resources

DigitalChalk eLearning

With Articulate, you can create interactivity to a presentation by adding slide layers, drag-and-drop interactions, quizzing, screen recording, and software simulation. The Adobe Captivate software helps you create a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML content. Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. Camtasia. Camtasia creates a simple process to capture and edit what you record.

What’s Hot with Articulate 360? – Part 7: Engage 360

CommLab India

We saw that Storyline 360 can be used to develop good software simulations and online assessments. The Articulate software allows you to deliver good learning experiences by ensuring consistency in volume, across all learning interactions. You can also include Captivate movies and Camtasia screencasts. Welcome to the seventh post of the series. In the first four blogs, we saw the features of Storyline 360 that facilitate the easy authoring of web-based courses.

3 Rapid E-learning Development Tools

CommLab India

For years, Adobe Flash was the uncrowned king of e-learning development software. Without making it too complicated, I’ll only focus on their capabilities such as support for simulations , animations , audio/video , and mobile support. Simulations: You can seamlessly perform screencasting i.e., capture screens and edit them into simulations.Also, it has the ability to record the screen in your desired dimensions/as per your course.

Rapid eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

Rapid eLearning Tools Satisfaction from the eLearningGuild Research reported Feb 2007 - Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction See also Software Simulation Tools. As far as Atlantic Link, I believe that the eLearningGuild survey treated them as a Software Simulation Tool and that's part of the reason they didn't appear when I created the graphic above (2007).

Interactivity in Software Tutorials?

Adobe Captivate

Whenever a comparison of eLearning authoring tools is published, Captivate still is considered to be the best tool for creation of software tutorials. Maybe a blog, explaining why I am wondering about the use of Captivate for the creation of software tutorials, explaining the three possible workflows with growing level of interactivity can lead to some feedback anyway. Workflow 3: Software simulations. The post Interactivity in Software Tutorials? Intro.

What’s Hot with Articulate 360? – Part 5: Presenter

CommLab India

We saw that the Articulate 360 component enables the development of high quality software simulations and e-learning assessments. Studio 360 is a software application that can be used to transform classroom PowerPoint Presentations into engaging responsive web-based courses. Add SWF files, Captivate movies, and Camtasia screencasts to your course. Welcome to the fifth post in a series of fourteen.

Know All about Lectora Inspire 16

CommLab India

Limited Version of Camtasia – Though it’s a powerful tool for screen capturing, users may not be able to use some features, as this is the limited version. So developing software simulations takes extra efforts. Lectora Publisher, audio recorder and editor, Camtasia – a screen recording tool – Snagit 12, and Flypaper are the major tools. Camtasia is a screen capturing software.

Updated Comparison of E-Learning Authoring Tools

E-learning Uncovered

Software Simulations. It still gets a 4 because the tool is not as full-featured as the screen recording options in Captivate, Storyline, or Camtasia (part of Lectora Inspire), but it is still a really nice addition to the suite and is great for folks who want to put together something quickly – which, again, is Studio’s positioning in the market. With the release of Studio ’13 a few weeks ago, I thought it would be a good time to update my authoring tool comparison grid.

14 Best Instructional Design Tools

Elucidat

There are so many fantastic learning design tools out there that finding the best instructional design software can be something of a minefield, especially when there are so many factors to consider. Read on to learn more on: What Instructional Design Software is. Camtasia.

A guide to HTML5 elearning authoring tools

Elucidat

The desktop-based HTML5 authoring platform requires a software download initially and is available on both Windows and Mac, encompassing a classic user-friendly PowerPoint interface. Screen recording and simulations, which you can edit within the tool. Articulate Storyline 360 is another HTML5 authoring tool, using a PowerPoint style, available as a software download for Windows desktops. Reasonably powerful test software simulation.