Two Quick Time-Savers in Adobe Captivate 9

Last week’s release of Adobe Captivate 9 has some great new features that really set the tool apart:

  • More flexibility in responsive projects
  • Greatly enhanced object styles
  • The ability to capture video demos from mobile devices, such as an iPad (only available on the Mac version of Captivate)
  • An iPad app that lets you create a storyboard/wireframe that you can import into Captivate.

But I’m most excited about some of the little things—little enhancements that are likely to make every single course a little easier to create. (Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about efficiency!)

Effects (Animations)

If you wanted to add an entrance animation to an object in previous versions of Captivate, you had to manage two separate timelines: one for the object on the slide and one for the animation within the object’s timeline. These two things were done in separate views and could get a bit confusing. In Captivate 9, you can manage everything from the main timeline and the Timing panel. This is a much easier process, especially if you are trying to manage multiple animations on a slide.

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Continue Action

Let’s say you have a slide with a button. When the learner clicks the button, a text box appears with more information. This type of interaction is very simple to set up. You can just add an action to show the text box right in the Properties panel. This becomes more complicated, however, if you have two or three buttons with pop-up text. Up until now, a simple action in the Properties panel caused the timeline to continue once the action fired.  So after the learner clicked the first button, the timeline would continue, and there might not be time to click the other two buttons. The workaround was to go to the Advanced Actions dialog box and set it up that way. While I love how much power and flexibility the Advanced Actions dialog box has when creating complex actions, it’s a time-consuming solution when all you need is a simple action. In Captivate 9, you can now turn off the continue action that is associated with a simple action. All you have to do is uncheck the box directly in the Properties panel—no trip to the Advanced Actions dialog box necessary.

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So are these the coolest of the new features? Probably not.  But they sure make my life a little easier! Take a look for yourself at all the new features in Captivate 9, and let us know what your favorites are!

Diane Elkins
Diane Elkins leads Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company specializing in the use of rapid- development tools. Diane has been in the eLearning industry since 2001, speaks regularly at national conferences about eLearning, and is co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series.

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