eLearning: Adobe Captivate and Microsoft PowerPoint

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You can import PowerPoint slides into an existing Captivate project or create a new project that uses the PowerPoint slides. During the import process, Captivate includes the ability to create a link between a Captivate project and PowerPoint presentation. Using this workflow, any changes made to the original PowerPoint presentation can be reflected in the Captivate project. by Kevin Siegel      What came first, the chicken or the egg?

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. Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning

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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. by Kevin Siegel.

Adobe Captivate 6: HTML5 At Last!

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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. Your learners will not need Captivate installed on their computer to use a SWF, but they will need a modern web browser and the free Adobe Flash Player (www.adobe.com). As an alternative to publishing a SWF, you can publish as HTML5.

Adobe FrameMaker and Captivate: Merging Multimedia With Print PDFs

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    After clicking where I wanted the simulation to appear, I chose  File > Import > File  and opened a SWF I had published earlier using Adobe Captivate. Even better, when I found an error in the Captivate simulation, I was able to return to the FrameMaker document, right-click the imported SWF, and chose  Edit With Adobe Captivate. The source Captivate project opened pretty quickly in Adobe Captivate.

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"Adobe Captivate 7: The Essentials" Workbook Now Available

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You’ll learn to leverage and enrich existing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations by importing and linking into new or existing Captivate projects. 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.

Adobe RoboHelp: Embed Captivate HTML5 Output

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Create or open a RoboHelp project. In the Multimedia Name field, open the swf you published from Captivate. Adobe''s Technical Communication Suite Help Authoring Help Systems RoboHelp Technical Communications Technology training by Willam Van Weelden. Adobe Captivate 6 introduced HTML5 output, allowing eLearning content to be interactive on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

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Adobe Captivate: Repurpose Preferences

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I'm betting your answer is yes, and you've had a tough time ensuring the Preferences in one project match those in another. 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 ). If you set the Preferences within a Captivate template and then use the template when you create new projects, the Preferences will match from one project to the next.

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 6: Delivering Standalone eLearning Lessons

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When publishing a Captivate project file, the format you select will depend upon on how the learner will access the lesson. 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. In addition to the web browser, the learner must have the free Adobe Flash Player on the computer to view the SWF.

Adobe Captivate 7: Publishing Video Demos

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  Publishing a Video Demo (cpvc) might seem like a no-brainer if you have past exerience working with standard Captivate project (cptx).   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. As with a cptx project, you still choose File > Publish. by Kevin Siegel.

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.

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. The compression JPEGs is controlled by the JPEG quality percentage via the SWF size and quality preferences (via File > Publish Settings ). Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning

Adobe Captivate 6: High Fidelity PowerPoint Imports

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You can import PowerPoint presentations into an existing Captivate project, or create a new Captivate project that uses the PowerPoint slides. From the  Welcome  screen, select  From Microsoft PowerPoint , open the PowerPoint presentation and a few clicks later, the presentation will be reborn as a Captivate project. During a standard PowerPoint import process, PowerPoint pptx presentations are first converted to the ppt format, and then converted to SWF.

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

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I pointed out that HTML5 is an alternative publishing format to a SWF. Unlike SWFs, projects published as HTML5 will not only play on the Apple  iPad, iPhone and the iPod, but the lessons will retain any interactivity that you added to the slides (such as click boxes and buttons). I also noted that while most features you can add to a Captivate project will work when published as HTML5, not all features are supported.

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. Project description (derived from Project Properties).

Adobe Captivate 6: Best Practices for Creating Compliant eLearning

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

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. Project description (derived from Project Properties).

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. Make a change to project (even a minor typo fix on a single slide) and you will need to once again wait the entire 3-5 minutes for the publish process to complete.   I've created thousands of eLearning projects using Captivate (hundred in Captivate 5). Adobe's Technical Communication Suite Captivate eLearning

Camtasia Studio vs Adobe Presenter: Working with PowerPoint Presentations

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  To migrate PowerPoint presentations to Camtasia Studio projects, and then eLearning, you'll need to first install Camtasia Studio and, when prompted, install the Camtasia recording features for PowerPoint.     To migrate a PowerPoint presentation into a new Camtasia Studio project, click the  Record  button (shown above).   Once the video is added to a Camtasia project, you can perform some simple edits to the video.

Adobe Captivate 5: Preload Your Corporate Brand

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In fact, the learner will have to wait for a specific percentage of the SWF to downloaded. The time it takes for that percentage to be reached depends on two things: the size of the SWF you published and the speed of the learner's internet connection. You have the ability to use Captivate's Preloader feature to both control what the learner sees as they wait for the lesson to begin, and the percentage of the SWF that must be downloaded before the lesson will begin to play.

mLearning: The Time is Now

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" The article says that a Pew Internet & American Life Project study from July 2010 found that 55% of US mobile web users go online daily, up from 24% the year before. My first thought about Swiffy was that it would solve a LOT of the problems I hear with SWF content not playing on Apple devices like the iPad. by AJ George   The push for mobile learning (mLearning) has been a surprisingly long one.

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). Then select the  Start and End  category from the  Project  group. You can use any of the following formats as a Preloader: jpeg, gif, bmp, wmf, or swf.

eLearning: Interesting Weekly Finds #7

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Gordon, a flash runtime written in javascript, is an interesting project that recreates the Flash Player into svg using javascript from a flash source swf file. Communications occur through threaded topics. “Microsoft Research released a community game cum programming environment for the Xbox 360 called Kodu. Unlike most other video games, Kodu would let players create their own video games for the Xbox without any prior knowledge of programming.

Adobe shows off Captivate 4 and the Adobe eLearning Suite

Steve Howard

Typically this testing must be done by a number of testers, each with a different interest in the project. As testers explore the project, they are required to make notes of errors, omissions and questions they encounter. As a developer, the single biggest flaw I have experienced with any testing and reporting methods is the disconnect between the tested project and the feedback given by the testers. 2 – The published project.

Rapid Authoring Tips to Tackle Legacy Flash eLearning Content

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Sothink SWF Decompiler is a paid solution, but includes a 30-day free trial. To use a Flash decompiler you will need to get access to the Flash SWF file for your course. Simply open the SWF file in your decompiler software and export the elements that you need.

2010: mLearning Year in Review

mLearning Trends

Mobile learning projects delivered in established and emerging global markets will outnumber those delivered in North America (USA/Canada) due to greater interest, faster uptake and willingness to leverage mlearning on both basic feature phones as well as advanced smartphones. A.K.A. How our January 2010 Predictions Played Out!

35 Top eLearning Articles and 6 Hot Topics for March

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The links are swf (Flash) files. by Suzannah Crowell Green - Learning Solutions Magazine , March 17, 2010 We thought the client had a straightforward project. eduNation Project , March 22, 2010. The elements of online communication 3: images , March 19, 2010. Best of eLearning Learning. Once again, I found myself falling behind in getting through all the great eLearning content that gets brought together by eLearning Learning.

Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

If you are indeed considering to start with an eLearning project, you might want to demystify some eLearning myths. Book: Mobile Communication Studies, edited by James E. If you are into communication, culture and mobiles, this book will be a good buy. The Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies was released by MIT Press in 2008, it covers 485 pages and the book is edited by James E.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Adobe Captivate

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You can import content from a variety of formats, including image formats (PSD, GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, ICO, EMF, WMF and POT), sound formats (MP3 and WAV), and popular animation and video formats (SWF, FLV with metatags, AVI, and MOV). The 2017 release of Adobe Captivate automatically generates the manifest file—an XML document that contains all the data required by the LMS to communicate with Adobe Captivate content. You can import projects created in Microsoft PowerPoint.

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