Saturday, October 18, 2008

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is a great tool for developing eLearning content. Captivate is a nice tool that does what it is supposed to do, and stays out of your way while doing it. You don’t need to be a Flash  to use the tool, nor do you need to hire outside help to create engaging and informative software simulations and tutorials. With the latest release of Captivate, Adobe has added quite a few new features, while still keeping the application user-friendly.

The opening screen provides a simple menu that allows you to get started recording your tutorial, or read through some simple and cleanly written documentation before beginning.

Rather than capture one long video file with embedded mouse movements, Captivate captures a series of screens, each containing one significant mouse click and movement.

Captivate stores the image background and mouse clicks and motion separately. However, one of the product’s strongest features is the range of additional content you can also automatically capture. This is shown in Figure 2. On the bottom of the Figure is a screen from Sorenson Squeeze, which was the application we captured in most trials. Here we’re showing how to select a file for encoding. While editing a slide, Captivate displays the captured screen on the bottom, topped by a timeline containing the components captured by Captivate or later added during editing.


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