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Adobe Captivate - Focus on Simulations

Learn how to use Adobe's amazing software to create Software Simulations.
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Created by Rick Stone
Last updated 7/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Create effective simulations using Adobe Captivate 8
Understand the Adobe Captivate recording process
Understand and configure the Click Box and Text Entry Box objects
Choose the correct output type based on your audience
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  • This course is designed for beginners with no experience in Adobe Captivate. However, you will need Adobe Captivate version 8 installed on your system and a basic understanding of your operating system. Microsoft Windows 7 is used for the videos. If you are using Windows 8 or a Mac, you will need to be able to translate what is shown for your specific operating system.

This course is designed for Captivate 8 users who want to create software simulations. You will learn how to effectively create, generate and distribute a complete and functional Adobe Captivate Simulation.

You will learn how Captivate records a software simulation, how to configure Captivate to better work with your own Simulations, what objects are added by Captivate and how to configure the objects to suit you for your own desired look and feel.

There are no additional supplemental materials provided as all you will need is a computer and Captvate 8.

Many Captivate courses begin with introducing you to the application, pointing out this and that in the very beginning. This course takes a different approach. One more realistic in the way that typical authors actually USE and experience Adobe Captivate. It's WORKFLOW based, and Captivate is gradually introduced to the learner.

Along the journey, best practices and tips are offered to help you be more effective.

Who is the target audience?
  • eLearning Professionals
  • Trainers
  • Teachers
  • Software Marketers
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 22 Lectures Collapse All 22 Lectures 01:37:35
4 Lectures 10:01

In this video you meet the face that goes with the voice that will be guiding you through the course.

Preview 01:51

In this video you will observe a complete and working Software Simulation.

Preview 02:43

In this video you learn how to properly open the Adobe Captivate application.

Preview 02:29

In this video we discuss the process of planning what your video will be about.

Preview 02:58

This quiz will test your knowledge of the preparation process for creating Adobe Captivate Software Simulations.

2 questions
Recording and Analysis
8 Lectures 34:18

In this video you will use Adobe Captivate to record your first Software Simulation.

Record your first Simulation

In this video we learn how to preview the Captivate Simulation that was recorded.

Preview the Recording

In this video you will analyze what you ended up with after you recorded the Software Simulation.

Analyze the Result

In this lecture you will learn what to consider before embarking on an actual recording.

Configure the Recording Environment

In this video you will learn what the different settings do to influence your recording.

Explore Recording Settings

In this video you will learn the Captivate Recording Process and how it resembles the motion picture industry.

The Recording Process

In this video you will record another Software Simulation to exercise the skills you learned earlier.

Record a new Simulation

When creating content using Adobe Captivate, the Captivate user has a vast array of options available when saving the project. Some choices may be hazardous. In this video the student will learn the best practices involved in saving the project in order to prevent future possible loss and issues.

Saving the Recording

This quiz will test you on the recording process.

3 questions
Objects and Timing
3 Lectures 23:26

In this video you will learn what a Click Box object is and how to configure it to be what you want.

Explore Click Boxes

In this video you will learn what a Text Entry Box object is and how to configure it to be what you want.

Explore Text Entry Boxes

In this video you will learn about the Timing factor involved with Captivate slides.

Explore Timing

This quiz will test your knowledge about the objects Adobe Captivate added during your recording process.

Objects and Timing
4 questions
Creating Output
7 Lectures 29:50

In this video you learn what is involved in configuring the playback controls for your Adobe Captivate simulation. You will also learn why playback controls may not be a good choice for this type of project.

Configure Playback Controls

In this video you will learn how to Publish your simulation to a format others may view using the Flash player. Generally speaking, this output is most suitable for users viewing your Simulation from desktop or laptop PCs,

Publish the Simulation in SWF format

In this video you will learn how to Publish your simulation to a format others may view using the an HTML5 capable web browser. This would be suitable for users that need to view the output on iPads or other tablet devices that may not have the Adobe Flash Player installed.

Publish the Simulation in HTML 5 format

In this video you will learn how to Publish your simulation to a format that may be copied to perhaps a CD-ROM, a USB Flash Drive or a DVD. No Flash Player is needed and the end user simply runs the EXE file to view and interact with the simulation. This format is suitable for something like a kiosk or perhaps to be placed on different media for distribution at a conference or a handout as sales collateral.

Publish the Simulation in EXE format

In this video you will learn why you don't want to Publish your simulation to the MP4 video format. This format is UNSUITABLE for uploading to YouTube, Vimeo, facebook or other video sharing platforms as there is no way to for a simple video to allow interactivity.

Publish the Simulation in MP4 format

This video will assist with determining what specific output type you should choose.

Choose an Output Type


This quiz will test your knowledge about the process of creating output from Adobe Captivate.

Publishing Output
2 questions
About the Instructor
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Adobe Certified Instructor

Rick Stone is an Adobe Certified Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor and an Adobe Community Professional for the Adobe RoboHelp and Adobe Captivate products.

Rick was also part of the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) program for help technology for a number of years. Unfortunately, the program was dissolved.

Rick has successfully facilitated hundreds of classes on these products since 2005, and consulted on thousands of projects.

Prior to entering the world of training, Rick was a power user of RoboHelp since 1992 and has been involved with Captivate since 2005.

Rick lives in Kansas City, MO with is wife and two furry children that like to create a daily "dogstacle course".

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