Adobe Captivate: The Visual Swiss Army Knife
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Presented by Neil Perlin at Documentation and Training LIfe Sciences, June 23-26, 2008 in Indianapolis....
Presented by Neil Perlin at Documentation and Training LIfe Sciences, June 23-26, 2008 in Indianapolis.
We’ve been able to create such movies and simulations for years but its been a complex, time-consuming, and expensive task. In the last few years, however, tools like Captivate have sped up the process, turning a job that took weeks or even months into one that took days, perhaps even hours.
Captivates main use is to help capture what’s on the screens as you perform a software-based task, such as using a feature in Microsoft Word. That series of screen shots is effectively a set of frames that users can play back as a movie that shows how to perform the task. To make the movie more useful, you can add explanations and instructions in text or audio form, special effects, even interactivity features that let simulate real software operations. With these features, Captivate lets you create demonstrations, sales training simulations, marketing presentations, tutorials, even fairly sophisticated eLearning.
Captivate movies are Flash-based, but you don’t have to know Flash or touch any code. Better still, Captivate is quick and easy to learn compared to traditional CBT authoring tools—two days to get up and running, and cheap (US$700).
This workshop presents a quick overview of Captivates basic features in order to provide an overview of the tool as a whole.
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