27 August 2015

Captivate 9, Captive Prime and Adobe Connect news

Captivate 9
Not that long ago I have reviewed Captivate 8's new features.... and a few bugs and disappointments.
Now as Captivate 9 is being released, looks like there are quite a few new handy features such as Multistate objects, Responsive Motion Effects.  Not sure about 'All-new, intuitive user interface' part, but hey…

I really hope they updated the Quiz and text rendering!

Captivate Prime LMS
The announcement of the new Learning Management System (LMS) from Adobe surprised many.  Part of the surprise is the 'Captivate Prime' name, suggesting the two products are somehow integrated. It has nothing to do with all new Captivate 9, which remains a tool for authoring. Captivate Prime, is an independent LMS.
You can read about Captivate Prime in detail on the Adobe blog.

Adobe Connect
So what is happening with Connect - will it become obsolete? Not at all. If you follow the Adobe Connect blog there are quite a few things in the making! One of the exiting news is the development of an Adobe Connect web client fully on HTML5! This is great, I just hope they will improve the interface UX and logic - even tech-savvy people find it quite confusing (for example uploading and connecting a module), including myself.

Prime vs Connect
Naturally, people asking, if they already have 1K+ Connect accounts and many hours of content - is it worth migrate from Connect to Captivate Prime?

Unfortunately, it is not as simple choosing one or the other. It really depends on your business needs and expectations and your user base. Here are a few simple points to consider:

  1. Although it can be used to manage and track learning, Connect is not really an LMS - it is more a virtual classroom / virtual conferencing software. 
  2. Adobe Captivate Prime is a cloud-based Learning Management System (built on AWS) and Connect is not.
  3. Prime LMS will include features to setup your virtual classrooms in Connect from within Adobe Captivate Prime.
  4. Both are hosted solutions - high level of customisations (code/UX, UI, etc.) or integrations within local server systems are not possible.

So what is the answer? Most likely- for the time being you would probably want both. 

Sarunas Vaitkus is a professional, talented and adaptable eLearning Specialist with 15 years of extensive experience in providing digital education solutions. He worked on countless projects for more than 120 clients in Australia, UK, Russia and Qatar. Sarunas is passionate about learning, technology and implementing complex L&D objectives into effective e-learning strategies.

8 December 2014

Adding external HTML5 interactions in Captivate

Looking for a simple and straightforward guide for adding custom interactions in your eLearning course?

In this article, you'll find all of the information you need to start integrating free jQuery User Interface widgets into your eLearning modules using Adobe Captivate 8.

I'll offer some advice on how you can add design, download and implement two jQuery interactions - Accordion and Tabs in four easy steps, regardless of your HTML coding knowledge or Captivate expertise levels.


There are a few problems using native Captivate Accordion or Tabs interactions. The main shortcomings are:
        Resizing interactions on slides may not display properly after published
        Awkward default sizes
        Cannot use URLs or custom text styles (bold, italic, headings, colours.)
        Limited number of tabs (5)
        Annoying ‘drop shadow’ effect.

An alternative and effective solution is to use free jQuery UI widgets integrating them in Captivate using ‘Web Object’ interaction.

jQuery UI (http://jqueryui.com/) offers a combination of interaction, effects, widgets, utilities, and themes designed to work well together or on their own.

Using custom widgets offers more control and flexibility of HTML pages inside your module in both flash and HTML5 published output.

You will need a minimal knowledge of HTML to fine-tune your interaction widgets - so don't worry if you haven't coded before - it is really simple.

Step 1. Design and Download

Visit elcentra.com to read the step by step guide, to view interaction demos and to download completed Captivate and jQuery source files.