It is not in my habits to make a review of a product right on the day it is released. But with Captivate 8, I’m going to make an exception. Among the new features brought by Captivate is a game changer for the eLearning industry. The Responsive Projects allows you to optimise your eLearning content for the desktop, the tablet and the smartphone using a simple interface and three breakpoints. With such feature plus a brand new user interface and tons of other enhancements, no doubt that Adobe Captivate 8 is a milestone in Captivate’s history and sets new standards for the eLearning Authoring tools of the next few years.
Back in june 2013, Adobe has released the newest version of Captivate. Now that I’ve been using Captivate 7 for the last few weeks, I’d like to share some of my thoughts and findings with you. My main objective is to create a discussion around Captivate, eLearning and the future of this great authoring tools from Adobe.
Producing content for mobile devices raises the issue of testing the content in a situation as close as possible to the reality. Most of the time, you’ll only test the HTML 5 output of Captivate only on the mobile device you own or, even worse, in the desktop version of an HTML 5 web browser. If you are a Mac user, there is an easy way to test the behavior of your Captivate HTML 5 content on iOS devices, without even owning such a device.
In the last couple of months I had this great chance to be in charge of a brand new eLearning project for the school I work at. Along with my colleague Serge Paulus, I’ve been teaching 550 students how to use Adobe Creative suite applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and InDesing) using distant learning techniques only! But for the Captivate developer that I am, the most interesting part of this adventure was to see my colleague Serge makes its debuts with Captivate.
Now that I’ve been working with Captivate 6 almost on a daily basis for the past 4 months, I’d like to share some more thoughts on this new version. To me, the real gems of Captivate 6 are not exactly where we expect them to be....