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

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What's Up With the "Enable SWF for conversion to iPhone application" Option?

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Question About Adobe Captivate 5: What's Up With the "Enable SWF for conversion to iPhone application" Option? I know that Apple and Adobe are at war with regards to SWF output playing on the iPhone or iPad. But I just noticed in Adobe Captivate 5 that there is a check box when you publish that says: "Enable SWF for conversion to iPhone application."

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Captivate Swf Events

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Captivate Swf Events are used to achieve a tighter integration between Captivate SWFs and Flash or Flex.Captivate SWF events are fired with the Captivate SWF file as the event source so that external observers (like loader swfs in Flash/Flex or Java script) can take some action based upon these events.

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Till Adobe Captivate 4, Full Motion Recording (FMR) SWF editing feature existed as a separate application outside captivate. If an FMR SWF is readily available, then inserting a blank slide and changing the slide background to the SWF using the property inspector would create an FMR slide.

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Flash to HTML5 – Swiffy From Google

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This has come just in time for mLearning implementers; there is a new tool out in Google Labs called Swiffy that let’s one convert flash animation (swf files) to a device independent HTML5. We’ve been experiementing with Swiffy for a few hours now and it seems to do quite a decent job of converting SWF files. Weekly Finds Convert SWF Files To HTML5 HTML5 SWF To HTML5 Swiffy

Steps to use Flash iPhone packager to create iPhone app. from Captivate SWF

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from your Captivate SWF. Further to Shameer’s post on “Publish to iPhone from Captivate and eLearning Suite“, here are the next steps to generate the iPhone app. These are manual steps and you need to use the terminal/shell to execute the command on a Mac machine where you have your Apple Developer Certificate and Provisioning

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Balancing image quality and SWF output size in CP 5 – 2

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When the project is published in CP4 with the JPEG option the SWF file size was 2314KB. This how the slide looked in the swf output file. When published as JPEG option, the size of the published SWF file is 1844 KB. Cp 4 SWF size. Cp 5 SWF size.

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Balancing image quality and SWF output size in CP 5 – 1

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In this two part blog series we look at information that you can use in Adobe Captivate 5 to parallel decide the quality of an image and the SWF file size and bring forth the differences between the publishing of images in CP 4 and CP 5. Size of SWF output files is an important consideration for many content developers as it takes longer time for end users to download larger files. Selecting ‘high’ for all slides results in a large SWF output file.

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Solution for Adobe Captivate 4 AS3 aggregated SWF not working on Latest Flash Player (

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Solution: Close Adobe Captivate 4 and Aggregator if already running. Download the from here and extract the AggGenerator.dll. In the Captivate 4 installed folder search for the file “AggGenerator.dll ” Rename the file to “AggGenerator_old.dll”. Place the dll downloaded in step 2 into the installed folder of Captivate 4. Relaunch Captivate/ Aggregator and re-publish [.].

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. However, nothing will bloat a published SWF quite like audio. by Kevin Siegel.

My date with Adobe Captivate 5.5 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3… at HTML5 Restaurant!

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captivate training HTML5 iPad publish to HTML5 rapid elearning authoring tools SWF to HTML5Photography is one of my hobbies and I’m sure it’s the same with some of you reading this post. When I thought of creating some content in HTML5 for my iPad, the first thing that crossed my mind was Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3. I not only appreciate it but have also seen a lot of my photographer [.].

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.

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Adobe Presenter 9: Replacing the Default Playbar Logo with Your Own Logo

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First, create a SWF file of the logo you would like to use on the playbar in place of the Adobe logo. Give the new SWF the following name:  logo.swf.

Adobe Captivate 5/5.5: Removing The Web Page Margin

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by Kevin Siegel    I received an email from a Captivate developer asking if it was possible to remove the white space that appears between the browser toolbars and SWF when a lesson is opened within a browser. In the image below, notice that there is white space above the SWF (just below the browser's menu bar).      Admittedly the space that appears above a SWF isn't huge and it's not something that I had spent time thinking about.

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). But it is possible to publish your Captivate video so that the Skin, Widgets, FMR's and Animations are split apart from the SWF.     Publish the lesson as a SWF

Adobe Captivate 6: Delivering Standalone eLearning Lessons

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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.

Adobe Captivate: Live, Online Training Now Available in Central European Time Zone Hours

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And you will learn how to publish your lessons for the widest possible audience including how to output both Flash (SWF) and HTML5 (so that your lessons will play on such mobile devices as the Apple iPad). Due to popular demand from our friends in Europe, we're now offering our top rated Captivate training during Central European Time Zone hours! 

Adobe Captivate 6: Scalable HTML Content

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I was curious what the option would do, so I enabled it and published a SWF. However, with  Scalable HTML content  enabled in my test project, the published SWF always resized to fit my browser window (proportionally), no matter how big or small I made my browser window. I was concerned that the quality of the SWF would suffer if I made my browser window too big (I have a pretty large display). Yes, Scalable HTML content works if you publish as a SWF or HTML5.

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TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8: One Smart Player

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Arguably, the most common way to publish a Camtasia project is as a Flash SWF. This is an excellent solution because SWF files can be used by the vast majority of the world's personal computers, browsers and operating systems. Although your learners will not need Camtasia installed on their computer to use a SWF, they will need a modern web browser and the free Adobe Flash Player (

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

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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. This option will result in the hightest quality images, but the largest published SWF.

Adobe Captivate 9 Hot Fix: Update Fixes Several Known Issues

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Effects are not played fully in SWF, when the effect duration is less than the default effect duration. Adobe recently posted a fix for Captivate 9 that, according to Adobe, addresses the following issues in Adobe Captivate 9. Conditional actions get converted to standard actions in upgraded project. Operands in advanced actions appear blank in upgraded project. Autoshape buttons fill and stroke is not retained during upgrade.

Articulate Storyline vs. Adobe Captivate

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  When it comes to output, both Captivate and Storyline can publish SWF and HTML5 content. A recent LinkedIn post asked eLearning developers: which tool is best: Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline? As  As I read through the comments, I was struck by how many people insisted that Storyline was the better choice because it was easier to learn than Captivate because it was so much like Microsoft PowerPoint.

Using Captivate 2017 I can’t publish html5 nor preview, Can you please help me to fix it?

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I tried to publish and preview my project in both swf and html5, but it shows a spinning gif on a white page. I have installed the latest version of Captivate. The html5 does not load at all on any browser. I restarted my computer and got the same result. Can you please help me to fix it? Discussion Captivate

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Something You Won't See on The iPad

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So much e-learning is made in Flash, or published as SWF files, and iPad users will not have access to it. [link] The devices shown have Adobe Flash, but the iPad does not. What a shame. flash

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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. by Kevin Siegel      There's no trick to creating a PDF these days.

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Adobe Captivate 9 Introduction Video Course Now Available on Adobe KnowHow

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Learn to publish SWF, HTML5, or both. Get a Jump-Start On Mastering This Awesome eLearning Development Tool! If you're looking to learn Adobe Captivate. and quickly. this beginner course is for you. During the 6 chapters that make up this course you'll learn how to create a soft-skills lesson from scratch. The lesson will include adding slides, applying themes, adding images and text, and adding interactive buttons.

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. For example, Rollover Captions, Rollover Images and SWF animations are not HTML5 compliant.

Adobe Builds Rome in a Day

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Project Rome offers output in formats such as PDF, SWF, JPG, PNG, SVG, or FXG or Web files for either an Adobe or third-party-hosted Website." Jackie Dove of introduces you to Project Rome , a new all-in-one content creation and publishing application targeted to consumers, small businesses, and educators.

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Adobe Captivate & RoboHelp: Incorporate eLearning within a Help System

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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. by Kevin Siegel.

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.

Adobe Captivate: Using Aggregator

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If you publish your Captivate projects as SWFs, you can combine multiple SWF files into one lesson using the Aggregator. Once added to an Aggregator project, you can publish the combined files as a SWF, EXE file, PDF or HTML. The published Aggregator file will include a TOC using the names of the separate SWF files. To ensure the uniformity of Table of Contents (TOC) settings across lessons, you can set any SWF in the TOC as the master. by Kevin Siegel.

High Fidelity Support for Microsoft® PowerPoint Files in Adobe® Captivate 6

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Adobe® Captivate 5.5 : PPTX -> PPT -> SWF Adobe® Captivate 6 supports direct conversion from PPTX to SWF without converting PPTX to PPT. In Adobe Captivate 5.5, PPTX files were converted to PPT files during import and therefore some features of the PPTX files were not imported into Captivate projects. Therefore, PPTX features can [.]. Whats new

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"Adobe Captivate 9: The Essentials Workbook" Now Shipping

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  Last, but not least, 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. We are proud to announce that our newest book, "Adobe Captivate 9: The Essentials Workbook" has begun shipping. 

Convert Captivate Quizzes to HTML5 Format

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According to Adobe, "With HTML5 Converter, you can easily convert Adobe Captivate generated SWF to HTML5 format and repurpose your countless hours of interactive trainings for mobile devices that do not support Flash content." In September, Adobe made the HTML5 Converter for Adobe Captivate available on Adobe Labs.

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How to Merge Your Captivate Projects Into One Course

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This post will take you through the process of creating a simple TOC using SWF files. The TOC SWF files are the courses/topics of your choosing. Create captivate SWF files for each topic and place in the same folder. Publish the file into SWF format exported to HTML.

Adobe RoboHelp: Embed Captivate HTML5 Output

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In the Multimedia Name field, open the swf you published from Captivate. 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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