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ADOBE CAPTIVATE: The Fix for Corrupt Themes

While attempting to apply a Theme to a Captivate project I received the alert shown below.      My only option was to click the OK button and try again. Of course, no matter how many times I attempted the task, I received the same failure message.   When Captivate misbehaves, the first thing I always attempt is to reset the program’s Preferences. There’s a handy utility for this located in the program’s ...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Control the Startup Screen for a Published Project

by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT Not all that long ago controlling what learners see first in Adobe Captivate published eLearning content was as simple as creating a visually-appealing first slide in the project. However, if you’ve created content with either Adobe Captivate 2017 or 2019 things aren’t quite as simple. Perhaps you’ve noticed that a mysterious screen now appears when your lesson opens within most web browsers.   The default startup screen is a bit plain-looking (it's nothing m...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE 2019: Interactive Videos

by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT   I’m a huge video fan. In my experience, videos offer a higher level of learner interest and knowledge retention than just text and/or images. However, as much as I love videos, I’m not happy with a core video limitation… a lack of learner engagement or interactivity. Sure, learners can stop, rewind, and fast-forward through most videos, but those abilities hardly equate to interactivity or engagement.    I was delighted to learn that Captivate 2019 has taken ...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Make Software Simulations Scorable

by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP The Assessment recording mode in Adobe Captivate creates a step-by-step software simulation that is intended to function as a test. It is part of the three-part formal software lesson: Demo, then Training (practice), then Assessment (test). The Assessment requires the learner to click through the steps without any hints, and it is set up to report each correct click as a point. But if you actually put a Quiz Results slide at the end of your Assessment and try out your ...
Tags: Adobe, Seo, eLearning, E-learning, George Washington University, LMS, Jennie, Adobe Captivate, Jennie Ruby, Advanced Interactions, Advanced Interactions Ensure


ELEARNING AND PRESENTATIONS: In Search Of Free-to-Use Images

by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP When trying to find quality images for use in PowerPoint presentations or eLearning projects created with any development tool such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, or TechSmith Camtasia, most people turn to Google. And why not? With a quick search you are sure to find the image you’re looking for.   For instance, I recently wanted to find an image of a puppy for use in an eLearning project. (I know, I know, I was enthralled with puppies in my last articl...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Make Your Software Simulations Scorable

by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP The Assessment recording mode in Adobe Captivate creates a step-by-step software simulation that is intended to function as a test. It is part of the three-part formal software lesson: Demo, then Training (practice), then Assessment (test). The Assessment requires the learner to click through the steps without any hints, and it is set up to report each correct click as a point. But if you actually put a Quiz Results slide at the end of your Assessment and try out your ...
Tags: Seo, George Washington University, LMS, Jennie, Adobe Captivate, Jennie Ruby, Quizcheckbox


ADOBE CAPTIVATE: It All Adds Up With Calculations

by Lori Smith, COTP Did you know that Adobe Captivate can perform some pretty high-end math? If you’re new to Captivate, I'll bet that you didn’t! Even if you’ve been using Captivate for eons, asking an eLearning development tool to do calculations is not something that likely comes to mind when starting a project.    Let's say that you need to create an annual healthcare enrollment lesson for your employees. Everyone knows that Open Enrollment time is not exactly the most fun or ea...
Tags: Seo, eLearning, Lori, Lori Smith, Adobe Captivate, George Mason University She, Raytheon E Systems


eLearning: Compare Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and TechSmith Camtasia

Welcome to the eLearning tool slug-fest. In this corner, it's Adobe Captivate. Over there? It's Articulate Storyline. And because this isn't a two-tool fight, look over there and you'll see TechSmith Camtasia. Attend this power hour and see demonstrations of all three tools. If you'd like to follow-along with your instructor, install trial versions of Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, and TechSmith Camtasia (Mac or PC). Watch as your instructor, a seasoned eLearning deve...
Tags: Seo, eLearning, E-learning, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, TechSmith Camtasia Mac


ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Continue Playing Project Option

by Lori Smith, COTP I’ve been teaching and developing projects in Adobe Captivate for years. My particular area of strength is advanced actions. Just when I think I know everything about Captivate, a seemingly teeny, tiny option gets added by the Adobe engineers and I end up looking silly.    Standard Actions, such as Show can be used to easily show a hidden object. The problem is that the project will continue playing after the action occurs (after the shape appears). If you wanted somethi...
Tags: Adobe, Seo, eLearning, E-learning, Lori, Lori Smith, Adobe Captivate, George Mason University She, Raytheon E Systems


ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Free Troubleshooting Guide for Screen Recording Issues

Both Jennie Ruby and I have been teaching Adobe Captivate onsite and online for years (you can see our huge Captivate course lineup on the IconLogic website). During class, there are a few issues that routinely occur. Have any of these happened to you? You can’t see the red recording area/can’t make it snap to your application. When you record in Training and Assessment mode, you get no interactivity and no captions. When you try to record, you get an error saying something about high-density ...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE: It's Gotta Be Friday Somewhere!

by Lori Smith, COTP Happy Friday! Ok, maybe it's Friday when you're reading this, maybe it isn't. However, if it's not a Friday, let's pretend that it is.   You'd like your Adobe Captivate eLearning module to greet the learners with “Hello! It’s a lovely Friday to learn a little something. Let’s get started!”    Are you wondering how to get Captivate to perform this little bit of magic? You could simply write the words “Hello! It’s a lovely Friday…” into a Text C...
Tags: Seo, eLearning, E-learning, Lori, Lori Smith, Adobe Captivate, George Mason University She, Raytheon E Systems


New Adobe Captivate Advanced Actions and Variables Courses Posted

If you're an Adobe Captivate developer, here are some awesome new classes that are laser- focused on Variables and Advanced Actions. Variables and Actions 101: Quick Start Variables and Actions 201: Advanced Concepts Variables and Actions 301: Complex  Variables and Actions 401: Expressions Each of these 3-hour classes are taught live, online, and are highly interactive.
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ELEARNING PRODUCTION: Getting Audio from Microsoft PowerPoint to Work in Adobe Captivate

by Kevin Siegel, CTT+, COTP We received the following distress email a few days ago:   I am using your workbook (Adobe Captivate 2017: The Essentials) and I'm in Module 11: Working with PowerPoint.   I have a PowerPoint (presentation) I created with voice recording. The PowerPoint imports just like the books says and the hyperlinks work. However, the audio is not coming working.   When I spoke with Adobe support regarding the issue, I was informed that the recording file in Micr...
Tags: Microsoft, Seo, Adobe Captivate, Kevin Siegel, Save Media


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

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. However, PowerPoint is missing some key eLearning features to allow you to output finished eLearning content. For instance, PowerPoint cannot create software simulations or video demos. There is no way to add quizzes or learner interactions in PowerPoint. And, because there are no reporting features or provisions for SCORM or AICC, you cannot effectively integr...
Tags: Microsoft, Seo, Camtasia, eLearning, E-learning, AICC, Adobe Captivate, Captivate, Storyline


TEACHING ONLINE: True eLearning Integration via Adobe Connect

by Kevin Siegel, CTT+, COTP When I teach my live, online Certified Online Training Professional course, one of the core concepts I encourage is blended learning (combining online digital media with traditional classroom teaching concepts). Specifically, there's great value in integrating eLearning (asynchronous training) with live (synchronous) training by providing access to eLearning content from within the virtual training space.   Published eLearning content can typically be provide...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE & GOANIMATE: Sharing Voices Is Quick and Easy

by Jennie Ruby, CTT, COTP In an earlier article, I described how I created an eLearning lesson that has GoAnimate characters discussing some spreadsheet problems. At a certain point, the lesson zooms in on a character’s computer screen, and suddenly a software simulation starts in Adobe Captivate. The voice of one of the screen characters becomes the voice who is guiding my learner through the spreadsheet lesson.   But how did I get the same TTS voice from GoAnimate to Captivate? The secret...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Tips for Importing PowerPoint Slides

by Jennie Ruby, COTP Many organizations use PowerPoint templates to ensure that lessons are consistent and correctly branded. By importing PowerPoint into Captivate, you can retain that formatting and branding in your eLearning lessons as well. But sometimes Captivate needs a little extra help in communicating with PowerPoint on your computer in order to import slides. Here are some tips.   1. Open your copy of PowerPoint, and open the file you want to import into Captivate.   2. Use Sa...
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ELEARNING PRODUCTION: iOS 11 Makes Mobile Demos a Snap (or a Tap)

by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP Not so long ago we were tasked with creating an eLearning project that included a software demonstration of an iPhone mobile app. We experimented with several techniques for capturing the app including using a program that reflected the iPhone onto the computer. (To reflect our iPhone to the computer, we used a program called, wait for it, Reflector. Once the phone and computer were on the same wireless network, it was fairly easy to get Reflector to show the mobile d...
Tags: Seo, Camtasia, eLearning, E-learning, Kevin, U S Coast Guard, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Kevin Siegel, TechSmith Camtasia


ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Branding Print Documentation

by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT One of Adobe Captivate's most often overlooked features is its ability to generate support documentation for your eLearning content. By simply choosing File > Print and opening the Print dialog box, you gain the ability to create Word documents that can be printed, emailed to your learners, or uploaded to a Learning Management System as course materials.   In the image below, notice that there is a Type drop-down menu in the Print dialog box that offers four k...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Fix for the Object Style Manager Freeze

by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT+ I received an interesting distress email from a fellow eLearning developer about an issue that caused Adobe Captivate 2017 to crash frequently and otherwise behave erratically. It's a bug I had not experienced before, and I’d like to share both the issue and the fix.   During the recording process, the developer clicked the Settings button on the recording Control Panel. Clicking the Settings button is a common thing to do and opens Captivate’s Preferences di...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE: Updated Images in a Snap

by Kevin Siegel, COTP You've imported your corporate logo into your project, and you've used the logo throughout the project (on both master slides and Filmstrip slides).  One day, and without much fanfare, your marketing department updates the logo. Did anyone bother to tell you? Well, yes... there was that memo. However, your project was just about done; and now you're going to have to scour through the project, delete each occurrence of the logo, and replace it with the new ...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE 2017: Workaround for the Spelling Bug

by Kevin Siegel, COTP Did you know that Captivate has a spell check feature? Yes? No? Feel free to admit it if you didn't know... you're among friends here. You'll find the spell check feature  easily enough by choosing Project > Check Spelling.   I'm not saying that the Check Spelling feature is anything to get overly excited about but I strong recommend using the utility prior to publishing. I'm betting you'll be glad you did when a double word or two is fla...
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ADOBE CAPTIVATE 2017: Wrapping Fluid Boxes

by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT Fluid Boxes, introduced with Adobe Captivate 2017, make the process of creating a responsive eLearning project faster than ever. I introduced you to Fluid Boxes a few weeks ago.  If you've spent any time playing them I think you'll agree that they're pretty, well for lack of a better word, fluid. However, if the amount of email I've received recently is any indication, I'm betting you're struggling a bit with how to control the way conte...
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Adobe Captivate: A Real Topper

by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT If you need to show an object on several slides, you have a few options. First, you can copy and paste the desired objects onto each slide. The problem with this technique is potential updates down the road. If you need to move all of the objects to a different part of the slide, you will have to move the objects one at a time (not exactly efficient, especially if there are several slides containing the object).   Alternatively, you can place o...
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Adobe Captivate: Overlay the TOC or Separate?

by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT It's easy to add a Table of Contents (TOC) to a Captivate project. Simply choose Project > Table of Contents to open the Skin Editor. Click Show TOC (put a check in the box) and the TOC appears on the preview (its contents are totally editable... a check mark next to the slide means the slide will appear on the TOC). By default, the TOC is set to Separate which means that it will appear outside of the main lesson area and make the overal window wider by a few hundr...
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Adobe Captivate: More Power to Quiz Feedback

by Dr. Pooja Jaisingh, COTP, founder and chief learning geek at LearninGeeks In Adobe Captivate 9, you can convert the interactive and non-interactive objects to multi-state objects and easily add additional objects to the states allowing you to quickly build interactions.  Quiz slides in Captivate are locked down, which prevent you from adding states to the question title, question stem, answer options, and feedback captions.  In spite of this limiation, you do have access to view the normal st...
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Adobe Announces Major Updates its Technical Communication Suite

Adobe annnounced a major update to its Technical Communcaiton suite on January 31. The suite, which is available now, is a collection of tools including FrameMaker, RoboHelp, Captivate, Presenter, and Acrobat. Here's a brief overview of the tools that make up the suite:   Adobe FrameMaker 2017   Author and publish multilingual technical content across mobile, web, desktop, and print with FrameMaker. Easily work with unstructured and structured content in the same documentation. Wor...
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Adobe Captivate: Accessibility Text

by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP,   I received the following email last week concerning Adobe Captivate and accessibility. Hi,   I’m using your Adobe Captivate 9: Beyond the Essentials workbook to learn how to make an eLearning module accessible and I have a question. On page 75, Adding Accessibility Text to Slides you state, in step 2, that …”Screen readers will not see slide background images. When a visually impaired learner accesses this slide, the assistive device reads the Slide Acc...
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Adobe Captivate: Multi-SCORM Packager

by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP      If you have created multiple Captivate projects and need to combine them into a single package for upload into a Learning Management System (LMS), the Adobe Multi SCORM Packager is pure gold. Using this little-known utility (it comes with Captivate 9), you can easily combine published projects into a single file. The resulting ZIP file will contain all the SCOs and a manifest file. You can then directly upload the generated ZIP file to an LMS.   To b...
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Adobe Captivate: Quiz Reporting and Advanced Interaction

by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP      Here's an interesting scenario: You create a Captivate project that contains 12 slides: 10 question slides, each worth 10 points (that's 100 points total), and two non-question slides that contain some text, images, and simple image buttons used for navigation.   Soon after you roll out your course, learners report a big problem with the way the quiz is scoring. Several people answer every quiz question correctly but instead of receiving the expe...
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