The Open Screen Project – Will It Succeed?

Upside Learning

This is an outcome of the Adobe initiated Open Screen Project , which was started a couple of years back. The Open Screen Project was started to help create a singular experience on multiple devices (using Flash) be it Computers, Mobiles, TV or Game consoles. Though some Flash platforms tools like the Flex SDK are freely available from Adobe, for animation and design you still need to depend on Adobe’s Creative Suite of tools – which is not free.

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Publish to iPhone – From Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2

Adobe Captivate

Apple’s recent announcement that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for the publishing options available from Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2. You can now author your elearning courses in Captivate and publish them as a swf to run on any Flash enabled device, or follow the steps below to publish the same as an iPhone app. 3. Create a Captivate project for the iPhone form factor – 320 *480.


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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?

Captivate Training: Customizing the Project Interface with Adobe Captivate 5

Adobe Captivate

Topic: Customizing the Project Interface with Adobe Captivate 5: TOC, skin editor and project resize Date and time: Thursday, April 14, 2011 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM US/Pacific Description: Join Dr. Pooja Jaisingh and Vish for an introductory session on customizing the table of contents, playbar and the appearance of the final SWF. Training and Tutorials Adobe Captivate 5 Adobe eLearning Suite 2 playbar Rapid Authoring Rescale project skins Table of Contents

Adobe eLearning Suite Announced

Steve Howard

Adobe , Captivate , ELS , eLearning Suite , Device Central. Adobe has released the eagerly-awaited eLearning Suite. Offering seven innovative applications in one complete, integrated package, Adobe eLearning Suite combines full new versions of: Adobe Captivate® 4 Go beyond screen capture to author rich eLearning experiences. I’ll be presenting on my favourite features of this suite at the eLearning Guild ‘s Annual Gathering in Florida March 11-13.

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Adobe Captivate 5.5: Lowering the Size of Published SWFs

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

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

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: 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.

shifting to adobe eLearning suite - bring existing content to captivate

Adobe Captivate

Adobe eLearning suite is a complete toolbox for authoring rich learning content and you won’t need any additional software to meet your eLearning authoring needs. In my previous post I discussed how you can reuse your old Articulate content when you migrate to the eLearning Suite. In this post we will see how you can reuse your old Raptivity files inside Adobe Captivate 4 which is a part of Adobe eLearning suite. Download this swf file.

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 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 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 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 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 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 & RoboHelp: Incorporate eLearning within a Help System

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Prior to publishing a lesson, choose Project > HTML5 Tracker to open the HTML5 Tracker (shown below). Choose Project > Skin Editor and edit the lesson's playbar so that it doesn't contain features that might cause problems within a Help Topic. If the learner is going to use a standard Windows PC or Macintosh computer, SWF output is fine. When you generate WebHelp or HTML Help, RoboHelp will automatically use the SWF within the generated Help System.

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: 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 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 shows off Captivate 4 and the Adobe eLearning Suite

Steve Howard

At the Adobe Learning Summit in San Jose, November 10th, Adobe showed several exciting new features from the next version of Captivate and from the up-coming eLearning Suite. At the Adobe Learning Summit, Adobe demonstrated the next version of Captivate, and also previewed the new Adobe eLearning Suite. Adobe says it’s OK to blog about the next version of Captivate and the up-coming eLearning Suite, so here we go. 2 – The published project.

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

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.

Shifting to Adobe eLearning suite – reuse existing Articulate Engage and Quizmaker content

Adobe Captivate

articulate engage , adobe captivate , migration , reuse elearning content , adobe elearning suite. Adobe presenter is a part of Adobe eLearning suite. In this post we will see how you can use existing Articulate Engage or Quizmaker output files inside Adobe Captivate 4 project. Select Edit->Preferences -> Project -> Publish Settings – Check “Animations” so that animations are externalized or they are published as a separate file.

Discovering Adobe InDesign for eLearning

Integrated Learnings

Adobe InDesign is probably best suited for creating job aids in a PDF format. Flash Player (SWF). For example, in two recent projects, we created eLearning courses for deployment via the LMS. One problem that I did run into with InDesign was using Flash (SWF) files imbedded into the document. By Dean Hawkinson. If you have been developing eLearning for any period of time, you have probably used several of Adobe’s applications to create engaging and interactive courses.

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eLearning Development: What’s new in Flash CS4?

Upside Learning

Adobe’s CS4 suite is the second major release since Adobe acquired Macromedia. The new Adobe CS4 suite has some new exciting and time-saving features in all its products. Flash CS4 allows us to finally publish SWF files for Flash Player 10 - the latest version of Flash Player. There are many inbuilt presets available and new presets can also be created and shared with project team members.

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eLearning Development: 4 Tech Considerations When Using Videos

Upside Learning

Before using videos in your Flash project, you would need to encode them in a format compatible with Adobe Flash (FLV or MPEG-4). The embedded videos are played back from within SWF, so you can create your own components to control the video playback. The bundled components in Flash can be skinned to suite your own design specifications. This could include - closed-captioning, annotations or any other interactivity, specific to your project.

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Adobe Captivate 4 announced

Steve Howard

Captivate 4 , Adobe , eLearning Suite. SWF commenting. Professional project templates. Adobe announced the release of Captivate 4 today. Top new features in Adobe Captivate 4. Customizable widgets. Roundtrip PowerPoint workflow. Table of Contents and Aggregator. Text-to-speech functionality. Variables and Advanced Actions. Expanded output options. Adobe Photoshop® layer support. Streamlined workflows and enhanced usability. Enjoy! Posted in Adobe, Captivate, eLearning.

Adobe Presenter 7.0.7 is HERE with ActionScript 3.0 Support

mLearning Revolution

AS3) is here, and this is a free update to anyone who owns Adobe Presenter 7, or any version of our Adobe eLearning Suite. Using the Insert SWF button , you can supplement your Presenter projects with software demonstrations and interactive simulations created with Adobe Captivate 5 and 5.5. Unlike other similar solutions where you need to purchase an additional Quizzing module, Adobe Presenter ships with full support for adding Question slides to your projects.

How will Flash’s demise affect your SCORM courses?


Flash is the most popular output type, so it’s likely that your courses are SWF Flash-based. SWF courses do not work on certain devices; Apple devices. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a large project to complete in a short period of time. A complete redesign of the courses to suit HTML5. Even if all you need to do is change over to a new output format, you can only do that if you have access to the original project file.

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. content suited for mobile delivery? 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.

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.

Captivate - Acrobat Integration

Adobe Captivate

The Adobe eLearning Suite integrates Adobe Captivate and Adobe Acrobat Pro to help you create a PDF portfolio containing your Captivate movies, complete with rich navigation. So instead of creating a single Captivate project containing all the content, it will be broken down into smaller modules. Start by creating a Captivate project on ‘alphabets’ and publish it as a PDF. Just check the box which says 'export PDF' and publish the project.

10 PPT to SCORM Converters

Ed App

The tool is not just a simple PowerPoint conversion tool, but it’s actually a tool that can be viewed as a comprehensive presentation suite useful to professionals in marketing and sales for course creation, as a speechmaker, and more. With this program, users can generate either 1 solid small web format file (SWF) or a series of SWF files. For project planning, you can keep track of your different team’s progress and move their task through different project levels.

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Articulate ’09: Tips for Resolving Common Issues

Upside Learning

Articulate’s suite of products rate high in the rapid authoring segment. We have used them for several projects, and have found them very effective for development and simple to use. If your project uses relatively less graphs, then converting the graphs to images and importing them into Articulate can be an effective solution. However, if your project is graph-heavy, then images may not be a good idea.

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15 Authoring Tools For mEnabling Your eLearning For iPads

Upside Learning - Mobile

Here’s a good, low-cost option for quick conversion of your existing Captivate-based projects for tablets. Swiffy converts SWF files to HTML5. Apart from supporting many common SWF features such as vector graphics, embedded fonts, images and timeline animation, it also converts basic ActionScript 2.0 It comes bundled with a suite of multimedia development tools and allows you to publish to the web, mobile and tablets and CD and DVDs if that’s what you need!

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Adobe Captivate 6 Tutorials

Adobe Captivate

Learn how to import your PowerPoint 2010 slides in eLearning projects with improved PowerPoint Library in Adobe Captivate 6. Bring in objects, animations and multimedia, easily update the content, and keep your PowerPoint and Adobe Captivate projects in sync with the dynamically linked import option. Apply them across projects to maintain a consistent look and feel. You can also customize themes to suit your requirements. Learn about Adobe Captivate from Experts.

Elearning applications


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/02/2011 Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch for 2011 2011 is the e-Learning year! This is why I created the following list with the Top 10 open source e-Learning projects for 2011 that will help you implement a low cost e-Learning solution. The project is hosted at Google Code.