Rapidly create, smoothly deliver, and easily maintain rich eLearning content. Add software demonstrations, interactive simulations, branching scenarios, and quizzes to your courseware without programming using Adobe® Captivate® 5 software. Go beyond screen capture and achieve superior results in fewer steps thanks to an intuitive user interface, collaboration workflows, and a multitude of timesaving features. Easily integrate your content with eLearning applications and leading SCORM- and AICC-compliant Learning Management Systems to deliver content virtually anywhere. With the new optimized interface of Adobe Captivate 5, the time required to create software simulations is significantly reduced compared to earlier versions, according to findings by an independent research firm. Users of Captivate can edit Captivate presentations to add captions, clickable hotspots, and change the time items appear and disappear. The hotspots can branch to other slides in the presentation, or to outside webpages.
This software lets the operator build and edit interactive program demos and lessons very quickly. It has an efficient screen-capture movie mode that snaps a sequence of still images and then builds mouse movement simulations to create the appearance of a running program. By using Adobe Flash Tweening technology, Captivate is able to create screencast in a much smaller filesize than needed for a real full-motion screen capture movie.
Captivate supports the import of still images, PowerPoint, video, and audio tracks onto any Captivate slide. This allows presentation of large amounts of complex information using Captivates portable Flash .SWF output. Although creating Captivate presentations required Microsoft Windows, output can be played on computer platforms such as an Apple Macintosh, Linux Computer, or portable devices that supports Flash player 5.0 or higher.
Captivate is often targeted toward the corporate e-learning departments, industry trainers, and professional educators, but is helpful to anyone who wants to capture and edit screen recordings. For the educator, the product comes with several pre-built exam configurations allowing you to test a student's learning using multiple answer and fill in the blanks exam questions. Captivate supports the automatic sending of a user's exam results to the test giver's email. Additionally, the product supports many e-learning standards such as SCORM and AICC. The output can be published to a web site, saved to a CD, or sent via email. Captivate is 508-compliant which is especially effective when manually populated with detailed information.
The product was originally known as RoboDemo. In 2003 Macromedia acquired San Diego-based eHelp Corporation and the product became known as Captivate. The product overlaps in part with Macromedia Breeze. In 2005 Macromedia and its products, including Captivate, was acquired by Adobe.
TOP NEW FEATURES:
• Optimized user interface new. Get going faster, do the job in fewer steps, and improve the overall authoring experience with the Property inspector, a multiple document interface, and personalized workspaces.
• Object Styles new. Define styles and apply them to selected objects for quick and consistent formatting across a project.
• Master Slides. Use Master Slides to easily create and maintain well-formatted and consistent-looking content that meets corporate guidelines.
• Rich animation effects. Create rich object animations within Adobe® Captivate® 5 by combining predefined effects like straight-line motion, rotation, and glow. For added impact, smoothly import custom animation effects from Adobe Flash® Professional software.
• Multi-video support and synchronization. Import video in a wide variety of formats (AVI, MOV, FLV, MPEG) and synchronize it with the project, slide, or set of slides.
• Hosting and collaboration via Acrobat.com. Host published or in-progress eLearning projects on Acrobat.com, an Adobe CS Live online service,* and share them with learners and reviewers, who can access them from virtually anywhere.
• Tracking and Reporting. Satisfy basic evaluation needs at no extra cost by tracking and reporting key performance metrics, such as average score and pass or fail rates, without having to invest in a Learning Management System.
• Community Help. Access a large repository of help content, generated by Adobe and the user community at large, using an Adobe AIR® application.
• Expanded asset library enhanced. Get a larger set of prebuilt widgets, playbars, skins, stock animations, images, text captions, and buttons with superior aesthetics and usability.
• In-context learner collaboration via Twitter. Leverage the Twitter widget from Adobe to create courses that let learners collaborate with one another as well as the author by just logging into their Twitter account. They can ask questions, get answers, and access pre-existing discussions.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
• Application simulation
• Soft skills training
• Product knowledge
• Compliance training
• Online courseware
• Customer care
• Assessment and Quizzes