February 25, 2014

Captivate 7: What’s New?

Posted by IN

Well known in the world of online training, Adobe Captivate is an authoring tool that allows you to easily transform your presentations into interactive e-learning content. You can thus create software demonstrations, simulations and quizzes without any prior programming knowledge.

Here are some new elements in the latest version of Captivate:


Templates (Themes) and Characters
Introduced in the 6th version of Captivate, themes and characters remain interesting tools for novice e-learning designers. Templates and characters enable you to:

  • dynamize your presentation;
  • ensure consistency throughout your project;
  • reduce production costs.

Can’t find what you are looking for? elearningtemplates.com and eLearningart.com offer a wide range of templates, characters and more.

Drag and Drop
Adobe developers have (finally!) fulfilled the desire of Captivate users with the development of a drag and drop activity: a long-awaited feature. This activity will make your online training more fun than ever!

Library of Interactions
One of my favorite elements in Captivate 7 is that it now offers even more interactions. Requiring no programming, they allow you to lighten the content presented on screen while engaging the learner. To be explored if you haven’t already!

Special mention :A streaming video can finally be added directly into your training module using the YouTube widget.

HTML5 Publication
Increasingly requested, HTML5 publication enables you to share training modules on mobile devices such as the iPad. On the other hand, certain Captivate objects are not supported by the HTML5 publishing tool. Tip: make sure you know its limitations early in the project to avoid disappointment.

PowerPoint Integration in Captivate: Certain Shortcomings
It is now possible to import a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation into Adobe Captivate. While this may seem like a good idea, the import tool is not fully developed. In fact, the imported slides may only be amended in a PowerPoint environment, and not directly from within Captivate. What you see in Captivate is an image of the PowerPoint presentation, which is far from ideal should you wish to modify it.

For those who have already developed e-learning content using PowerPoint and would like to transform it into a SCORM package, I would recommend using Presenter, rather than Captivate.

Learn more about Captivate: adobe.com/products/captivate/features.html